ILOILO CITY: The Catholics highest leader in Western Visayas has given his approval to the government’s biggest irrigation project, the Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP) to be constructed in the hinterlands of Calinog, Iloilo in Panay Island by assuring prayers for its success.
Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said he visited Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo at the Archbishop Palace in Jaro, Iloilo City last week and discussed the P11.2 billion project that seeks to increase food production in the province and the rest of Panay Island.
Aside from irrigation water to farmlands in 21 Iloilo towns, the JRMP’s objective is also to provide 89,000 cubic meters of potable water daily and six megawatts of power and jobs to 17,000 persons during the construction phase.
Drilon said the Jaro prelate assured his prayers for the success of the project and asked that the people of Panay be made the beneficiaries of this undertaking.
The JRMP is envisioned to provide whole year of irrigation and potable water to Iloilo and to help farm production increase from its three to four metric tons yield per year to almost triple.
Construction of the three dams will start by November this year while road construction is ongoing up at the headwaters of the dam.