National Irrigation Administration Region 7, under the management of Regional Manager Engr. Wilson M. Lopez, inaugurated the Benliw Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) located in the Municipality of Ubay, Bohol on May 27, 2021.
The project will benefit an estimate of 600 farmers by providing irrigation to 400 hectares of agricultural land in four barangays in Ubay namely, Benliw, Emelda, Cagting, and Sinandigan.
Benliw SRIP, whose water source comes from Pasanan Creek, includes the construction of a 21-meter-high zoned earthfill dam with a length of 517 meters, irrigation and drainage canals, and other appurtenant structures. Its reservoir has a catchment area of 5.60 square kilometers that can store 2.86 million cubic meters of water.
Aside from irrigation, the project is also expected to provide other incidental benefits, such as flood control, watershed management, agro-tourism promotion, soil conservation, and aqua-culture.
The groundbreaking of the project was led by Administrator Visaya and former Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr. on June 26, 2017. The project implementation became successful through the collective effort and strong partnership among NIA, Local Government Units (LGUs), and BEBICAS Irrigators' Association.
NIA Senior Deputy Administrator- BGen. Abraham B. Bagasin, NIA Corporate Board Secretary Atty. Jiselle Rae A. Villamor, and PAIS personnel from the Central Office namely Ms. Clarizze Toribio and Ms. Maria Elena Valenzuela went through the strenuous process of travelling all the way from Manila just to show support to the event.
With the limit of 60 attendees, the event was also graced by the Bohol 2nd District Representative Erico Aristotle C. Aumentado, Executive Assistant of the Office of the Governor Arthur Yap in the person of Former Board Member Agapito Avenido with the incumbent 2nd District Senior Board Member Mrs. Frans Garcia, Ubay Mayor Hon. Constantino H. Reyes, staff from the Regional Office, and local farmers attended the ceremony.