PGMA to inaugurate Isabela Bridge, irrigation project

March 1, 2010 11:58 pm 

MANILA, March 1 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will visit on Tuesday the top corn and rice producing province of Isabela to inaugurate a bridge and water irrigation project in Delfin Albano town as part of her efforts to push the development of the Northern Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle (NLAQ).

The P650-million Delfin Albano Bridge along the Delfin Albano-Tumauini Road was completed last December, six months ahead of schedule.

The bridge is expected to facilitate the efficient transport of goods and services, particularly agricultural products between the eastern and western municipalities of Isabela to the various commercial centers in the Northern Luzon Quadrangle.

Spanning the Cagayan River, the Delfin Albano Bridge is strategically located more than one kilometer from the Maharlika Road in nearby Tumauini town, and connects to the nearby towns of Santo Tomas and Mallig, including other areas in the provinces of Kalinga and Apayao.

After the bridge inauguration, the President will lead the ceremonial switch-on of the P101-million Communal Pump Irrigation Project in Barangay San Antonio.

The pumping station project, which sources water from the Cagayan River, will irrigate some 960 hectares in Barangays San Juan, Ragar Sur, San Jose, San Patricio, Rizal, Villaluz and San Antonio.

The President is also scheduled to award 74 units of water pumps and engines for the farmers in the 29 barangays of the first-class municipality.

Expected to welcome and assist the President during her visit are local officials led by Isabela Governor Ma. Gracia Cielo Padaca, 1st District Representative Rodito Albano and Delfin Albano Mayor Thomas Pua, Jr.

While in Delfin Albano, the President is scheduled to have a roundtable discussion with the El Nino Task Force which she reactivated last month to address the expected abnormal dry season this year.

Early this month, provincial officials placed Isabela under a state of calamity due to agricultural losses caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon.

Isabela is the second biggest province in the Philippines next only to Palawan, with some one million hectares of land area.

The province is a consistent top producer of corn and next only to Nueva Ecija in rice production.

Located in the Cagayan Valley Region, Isabela’s agricultural production is crucial in the President’s development program to sustain rapid agricultural growth in the NLAQ.

In March last year, the President ordered the release of P2 billion for the repairs, rehabilitation and restoration of neglected irrigation systems in the NLAQ to increase their productivity and boost national food security.

The construction of three major irrigation systems was also rushed to meet their target completion dates. These are the P7.46-billion Casecnan Multi-Purpose Power and Irrigation Project in Nueva Ecija; the P2.46-billion Banaoang Pump Irrigation Project in Bantay, Ilocos Sur; and the P7.46-billion Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project in Pangasinan

Since 2001, a total of 54,506 hectares of farmlands in the region were provided communal irrigation systems that also resulted in the rehabilitation of 669,916 hectares of farmlands.

These projects increased rice production in NLAQ by 39 percent, or from 5.21 metric tons in 2000 to 7.23 MT in 2008. (PNA)



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