ILOILO CITY: In the final State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, he reiterated his full support for the implementation of the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) located in the province of Iloilo.
“We are humbled and grateful at the same time with the President’s acknowledgement of JRMP II on his final SONA,” said National Irrigation Administration VI Reg. Manager and JRMP II concurrent Project Manager, Engr. Gerardo P. Corsiga.
The JRMP II, dates back from the 1960s during the legislation of Republic Act 2651 or “An act providing for the construction of the Jalaur Multi-Purpose Project in the Province of Iloilo and Governing its operation after its completion.”
The Stage 1 of the project was completed in 1982, which was followed by a long lull that lasted for 30 years.
It was only in 2012, under the Aquino administration, that the second stage was implemented after the governments of South Korea and the Philippines inked a loan agreement for the project.
The JRMP II is the first large-scale water reservoir to be constructed outside of Luzon, that is aimed at providing year-round irrigation to 31, 840 hectares of farm land and increase annual rice production from 140,000 to 300,000 metric tons.
Meanwhile, the project’s 6.6-megawatt hydroelectric power and bulk water components will augment the province’s and the city’s demand for power and potable water supply. The project will generate of more than 17,000 employment opportunities during construction and eco-cultural tourism in the areas it covers particularly the hinterlands of Calinog, Iloilo.
WITH LYDIA C. PENDON