The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has inaugurated the newly rehabilitated Malatgao River Irrigation System (Malatgao RIS) that will benefit 1,585 farmers in two municipalit ies in Palawan. In a statement on Thursday, the agency said Cabinet Secretary and NIA Board Chairman Karlo Alexei Nograles led the inauguration of the P189.36-million rehabilitated Malatgao RIS, as well as the turnover of farm facilities in the municipalities of Narra and Aborlan. “The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 3,014.73 hectares of agricultural land… benefitting 1,585 farmers and their families,” NIA said. The Malatgao RIS is under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project funded through a grant from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. According to NIA, the rehabilitation works of Malatgao RIS involved three diversion dams, 25.26 kilometers of concrete canal lining, 23.77 kilometers of gravel surfacing, 42 canal structures, one drainage structure, 55 turnout structures, nine IA office buildings and two IA offices with support facilities.