Aquino ground breaks biggest dam in the Visayas-A A +A
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will lead the groundbreaking rites of the biggest dam project in the Visayas on Thursday at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol in Iloilo City.
The P11.2-billion project, Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP II), is partly funded with a soft loan of P8.9 billion by Eximbank of South Korea and by the government of the Philippines amounting to P2.2 billion payable in 30 years with a grace period of 10 years.
Earlier, Ilonggo Senator Franklin Drilon said the project will be completed before the President’s term expires in 2016.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala will conduct a briefing of JRMP II to be constructed in the mountains of Calinog, Iloilo.
The project is expected to provide year round irrigation to 22,340 hectares of the five existing irrigation systems and 9,500 hectares of currently rain-fed areas.
The project will have a component of 6.6-megawatt hydro-electric power plant to supplement the power supply of the province and potential bulk water supply of 1 to 2 cubic meters per second to add to the water supply of Iloilo City and nearby municipalities.
Other benefits and opportunities include flood mitigation, employment for 17,000 workers during the construction, livelihood opportunities such as fishery and tourism, increase irrigable lands and increase the economic condition and living standard of project-affected families, enhancement of 2,500 hectares of sugarcane lands, diversified and third cropping in selected areas, increase in delivery of water supply and fishery farm areas.
The project will have a roller compacted concrete dam, faced symmetry hard fill after-bay dam, and the Alibunan catch dam.
The service area coverage of the JRMP components are the 24 towns and two cities namely the towns of Calinog, Passi City, Lambunao, Badiangan, Janiuay, Cabatuan, Sta Barbara, Pavia, Alimodian, Leon, San Miguel, Oton, Tigbauan, Dueñas, San Enrique, Anilao, Dingle, Barotac Nuevo, Dumangas, Mina, New Lucena, Pototan, Zarraga, Leganes, and Iloilo City.