Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 08:32

CALAPE - Construction on a long-awaited new Calunasan Small Reservoir Irrigation Project is now fast-underway, and its completion for the tiny grassroots of the beneficiaries behind the project. "It's taken a long time to get it started, but now this is the moment that we are all waiting for," Regional Manager Modesto G. Membreve said.

The National Irrigation Administration Region 7 hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on February 7 to mark the beginning of the most awaited Calunasan SRIP for the Calunasan Dam Calunasan Calape, Bohol.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Romeo G. Gan, NIA Region 7 and 8 Consultant Asher A. Dolina, SRIP Assistant Project Manager Luisito Cadelina, Mayors Representative Isabelito Tongco, Calape Mayor Nelson Yu and Vice Mayor Sulpicio Yu Jr., Brgy. Captains of Brgy. Tinibgan, Abucayan Sur, Abucayan Norte, Bonbon, Bentig and Sinandigan with the 500 beneficiaries of LUCABSON, ABLUBENCAL AND LUCABUBEN Irrigators Association attended and witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony.

"In approving this project, the Board of Directors recognized the strength and strategic importance of this program for the farmers and I hope that our local officials will support this project for sustainable irrigation", Administrator Visaya said in his ceremonial message.

In behalf of the three (3) IAs, LUCABUBEN President extend his words of appreciation to the agency.

The Calunasan SRIP is a medium scale irrigation development project that aims to provide year-round irrigation water supply to about 650 ha. of agricultural lands in the province of Bohol. A reformulated Feasibility Study and Detailed Engineering was conducted by Hydroterre Consultant in cooperation with the NIA Regional Office 7. The year 2013 was the starting year of the overall project implementation. CY 2013 allocation was pre-construction activity. CY 2014 allocation was for irrigation facilities. The project has no fund allocation for CY 2015, 2016 AND 2017. But for CY 2018, the fund was for the Dam construction while CY 2019 allocation is for the irrigation facilities. The contract signing was on January 11, 2019, with an overall project estimated cost of Php 814M.