THE signing of the contract for the construction of the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project Phase II (JRMP II) happened on Sept. 3, 2018 at the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Quezon City. (PRIB photo)
THE National Irrigation Administration (NIA)-6 announced the new schedule for the groundbreaking of the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Phase II (JRMP II) in Calinog, Iloilo after several postponements.
NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya said that the ceremonial groundbreaking will happen either in the last week of November or the first week of December 2018.
The Korea Export-Import Bank (KEXIM) was not able to sign the contract, thus the previous groundbreaking schedule set in the first week of October was canceled.
“Very careful sila doon sa KEXIM bank kung sila yung magfu-fund dahil nga may bumabatikos rin sa kanila na why do you have to help yung isang project na may masasaktan,” Visaya said on a press briefing on Nov 16, 2018.
The KEXIM bank already visited the site and seen that it was a “worthy endeavor,” Visaya added.
He said that they already discussed matters with KEXIM bank and Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. executives.
“The concurrence will be out next week. Kung mayroon ng concurrence wala ng problema yun”, he said.
Visaya added that president Rodrigo Roa Duterte will lead the ceremonial groundbreaking.
“This is a project installed for a long time at alam natin na gusto ng Presidente na maayos na ito,” he added.
NIA is waiting for the Malacañang’s response to confirm the attendance of the President.
In a report by The Daily Guardian on August 2, 2018, Engr. Jonel Borres, NIA-6 Division Manager for Engineering, said that the project is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2021.
JRMP II is funded by a loan from the EDCF amounting to P11.212 billion (US$260.140 million).
It covers the construction of 109-meter Jalaur High Dam, 38.5-meter Afterbay Dam, 10-meter Alibutan Catch Dam, 80.74-kilometer Highline Canal, and its appurtenant structures.
The JRMP II project, along with other irrigation projects, gathered the support of the stakeholders through covenant signing on Nov 16, 2018 at The Mansion Iloilo.
Farmers’ groups, indigenous peoples’ organizations, and some local government officials from the provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras signed the “Covenant of Support for Faster and Better Implementation of Irrigation Projects and Sustainable and Reliable Irrigation Service”.
“Lahat ng mga stakeholders ay pumirma doon para ma-implement natin iyong projects successfully,” Visaya said.
The signing is one of the highlights of the Stakeholder’s Forum which served as a venue for intellectual discussions among farmers regarding the irrigation system in their respective areas.