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Jalaur River project on course for 2023 operation

Philippine Information Agency
08 Jul 2020, 22:38 GMT+10

ILOILO CITY, July 8 (PIA) - The Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) carries on with its office and construction activities despite the threat of the 2019 coronavirus disease, posting an actual physical accomplishment of about 28 percent as of the first semester of this year.

Based on a press report from the JRMP II Project Management Office (PMO) of the National Irrigation Administration Region VI here, the project remains ahead of its construction schedule.

This, as the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) highlights the need to continue delivering irrigation water to farmlands and support the agriculture sector of the country, according to the report shared by JRMP II PMO to PIA-6. The need for timely completion of the construction phase of the project is one of the priorities of the irrigation agency.

As of May 31, 2020, the actual physical accomplishment was at 27.98 percent, according to the report.

Highlighting the accomplishment on the project is the Alibunan River Catch Dam in Toyungan, Calinog which is nearing completion as well as the successful diversion of the Jalaur River giving way to the construction of the Jalaur High Dam.

Construction at the 80-kilometer High Line Canal has also started and land development for the Resettlement Site in Sitio Agburi, Cahigon, Calinog is ongoing as well.

It will be recalled that the implementation of JRMP II is funded by the South Korean government to the tune of P8.9 billion and Philippine government counterpart of P2.2 billion, or a total funding of P11.2 billion with Daewoo E&C as contractor.

It is NIA's flagship project in Western Visayas and the first large-scale dam project to be constructed in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.

Aside from its irrigation component, JRMP II will also have hydroelectric power generation and will be a provider of bulk water supply which will cater to the demands of the province and city of Iloilo.

With the current positive pace of JRMP II implementation, according to the PMO report, the project is set to be operational by 2023. (NIA/PMO-FLP/PIA6)

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