By Thelma C. Bicarme and Angelica A. Umoquit
TUGUEGARAO CITY – With the approval and endorsement of the Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) and Regional Committee on Sustainable Development (RCSD) on the P1,123,673 billion Pasa Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Pasa SRIP) in Ilagan, Isabela, at least 747 families in the area can now be assured of continuous irrigation water supply in their ricefields.
The Pasa SRIP features construction of a 34.0 meter high earth-filled dam across Pasa River, a reservoir with an active storage of 3.90 MCM, 5.93 kilometer (km) main canal, and 16.20 km lateral canals and is estimated to irrigate 800 hectares.
The proposal is a joint undertaking between the Korean government through Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Philippines through the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the local government unit of Isabela.
The construction of the said irrigation project is also aimed at reducing the impact of climate change and promote water management in rural areas.
NIA Manager Vicente E. Galvez stressed that the protection of the watershed area will be prioritized as an irrigation organization will be created. He also said that the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) process is on-going for the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) required by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.#