NIA breaks ground for P664-M irrigation project

A GROUNDBREAKING and laying of capsule rites was conducted by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) for the Bayuyan Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP), March 16, in Brgy. Bayuyan in President Roxas town.

NIA acting administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie Guillen and Capiz Gov. Fredenil Castro led the kick off ceremonies for the construction of the P664.750 – million project that is expected to benefit 477
farmer – beneficiaries covering 594 hectares of riceland in its main service areas.

Guillen said that the Bayuyan SRIP will also lessen the flooding problem in the municipality as the irrigation dam, once completed and operational, can store a capacity of 1.09 million cubic meter of

The construction of the project will be completed by 2025.

It is NIA’s biggest irrigation project in the
province, so far, and includes the construction of a 29.72-meter high, zoned
earthfill dam and appurtenant structure and a terruvian dam accross Brgy. Goce river.

The project was designed to develop the full potential of Bayuyan and Goce rivers as sources of water supply for irrigation and fish culture, increase agricultural
production, create employment opportunities and improve the living environment of project – affected communities.

“Pero hindi yong proyekto mismo ang pinakamalaki. Ang pinakamalaki dito ay ang pagmamahal ng administrasyon ng NIA at administrasyon ni President Marcos na makagugol ng sapat na halaga upang ang proyektong makikita natin ay mapakinabangan ng ating mga magsasaka (The project’s biggest value is the love of Pres. Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.
as well as NIA which allocated a substantial amount so that our farmers will benefit from it),” Castro said.

The activity was also graced by President Roxas local government officials led by mayor Receliste Escolin, who stressed that the local government unit will ask the help of concerned national government agencies in its effort to develop the irrigation dam site as another local tourist

Bayuyan is a home to the famous Liktinon Falls, a few kilometers away from the NIA