NIA starts construction of P11B major irrigation project in Iloilo
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has formally started the construction of Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Stage II (JRMP II), an P11.212-billion irrigation project in Iloilo that will be funded by the Korean government.
JRMP II is NIA’s 8th big ticket irrigation project under the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program of President Rodrigo Duterte and the 2nd irrigation project in the Philippines to be funded by the Korean Government through the Korea Export-Import (KEXIM) Bank.
To be specific, the Government of South Korea will be funding P8.9 billion of the project’s cost through its Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF). The Government of the Philippines’ counterpart is P2.2 billion.
JRMP II includes the construction of three dams: a 109-meter high dam, a 38-meter afterbay dam across the Jalaur River, and a catch dam in Alibunan River. An 80-kilometer high line canal will also be constructed to deliver irrigation water from the dams to the rice paddies.