NIA Region II – Under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has recently completed the P30.332-million Zinundungan River Irrigation System (Zinundungan RIS) located at Barangay Sicalao, Lasam, Cagayan. The project will be inaugurated on May 10, 2021.
Zinundungan RIS, whose water source comes from Sicalao River, includes gravity/ogee-type diversion works with an ogee length of 52.4 meters and a height of 2.60 meters. One unit of sluice gate (3 meters x 2 meters) has a discharge capacity of 2.050 cubic meters per second. The project aims to provide sustainable agricultural development in the municipality by optimizing the irrigation potential of the system.
With a service area of 2,938.78 hectares and operational area of 2,127.53, the project will provide timely and reliable irrigation water supply to 23 barangays in the Municipality of Lasam, Cagayan, benefitting 1,639 farmers and their families.
NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Visaya, are looking forward to the socio-economic benefits of Zinundungan RIS in the Municipality of Lasam. The Management coined the project as a game changer in the agricultural development of the province.