By Zaldy Comanda
La Trinidad, Benguet —The National Irrigation Authority -Cordillera Administrative Region (NIA – CAR) will undertake 284 irrigation projects in the region worth P1.59 billion this year.
Acting NIA – CAR Regional Manager Benito Espique, Jr., said the projects will benefit almost 9,000 farmers and irrigate at least 3,200 hectares of farmlands.
103 projects will be implemented in Kalinga (P339.9 million), 48 in Ifugao (P391 million), 44 in Mountain Province (P143.066 million), 39 in Benguet (P172.35 million), 28 in Abra (P161 million) and 22 in Apayao (P326.96 million).
Espique said, the projects include small irrigation projects (SIP), restoration/repair and rehabilitation of communal irrigation systems (CIS) and improvement/repair and rehabilitation of national irrigation systems (NIS) and the Balikatan Sagip Patubig Program (BSPP), among others.