Iloilo News – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region 6 and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here have agreed to delineate responsibility over management of watershed areas in Panay.
The accord called “Watershed Resource Management Agreement for JRMP-II” saw the assignment of nine affected barangays in Calinog to NIA 6 which will be responsible in propagating the watershed areas of barangays with Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title or CADT.
DENR meanwhile will take care of the rest including other barangays situated in the so called Panay Watershed Divide. The agreement seeks to further ensure sustainable water supply for irrigation in the region through the Jalaur River Management Project II which is being implemented by NIA.
DENR Regional Executive Director Jim O Sampulna said that a forthcoming P500 million Forest Management Project fund from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) would be very timely for the Jalaur River Management Project.
In a related development, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police stated their commitment to ensure peace and order as the project begins to be project implemented.
AFP and PNP will ensure the safety and security of JRMP-II working personnel and equipment. BGen. Arnold M. Quiapo in a statement said that the 301st Infantry Brigade is fully behind JRMP-II as it is a vital project for social development.
The project’s detailed engineering is on its final stages, being revalidated by Korean consultants and their Filipino counterparts. Three dams will be built in Calinog, Iloilo. These are the Jalaur High Dam, Jalaur After Bay Dam. and Alibunan Catch dam.
The design engineering for JRMP-II embodies a set of NIA requirements with current innovations in the field of water resources development. It also gives relevance to issues and developments on climate change. The project is a development program of the Aquino administration with Senator Franklin Drilon helping the project push through.