NIA inaugurates P28.242-million newly-restored Main Canal Extension of East Apayao-Abulug Irrigation Project

NIA Central Office – In adherence to the directive of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya to fast-track the implementation of irrigation projects nationwide, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) remains steadfast in providing timely, efficient, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers amidst pandemic. On July 21, 2021, NIA conducted the inauguration of the P28.242-million newly-restored Main Canal Extension of East Apayao-Abulug Irrigation Project located in the Municipality of Allacapan, Cagayan.

The ceremonial inauguration of the newly restored washed out section of the Main Canal Extension of East Apayao-Abulug Irrigation Project was presided by NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin. The project includes the construction of reinforced canal lining at main canal extension, spillway, drainage inlet, and dredging of Main Drain “A”/Linao Creek. With water source comes from Apayao-Abulug River, the restoration of the project will cover additional 80 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipality of Allacapan with 38 farmer-beneficiaries. At present, the project has a total service area of 2,164.275 hectares, benefitting 1,797 farmers and their families.

NIA Region II Manager Raymundo B. Apil, Allacapan Municipal Mayor Harry D. Florida, other officials and employees from NIA Central Office, NIA Region II, and Cagayan-Batanes IMO, IA officials, and some officers and farmer-members of Allacapan Centro East Dagupan Irrigators Association attended the ceremony.

Indeed, NIA has only proven that despite all challenges and adversities, nothing can stop the Agency in providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers --- the backliners of this battle against COVID-19 Pandemic.