By Erma Edera
Japan Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Yasushi Yamamoto has turned over the recently completed Malatgao River Irrigation System to local government officials in Narra, Palawan.
The event was formalized in simple rites handing the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) in Palawan, witnessed by National Irrigation Deputy Administrator Maj. Gen. Romeo G. Gan,. Aborlan Mayor Celsa B. Adier and Jin Hirosawa, Senior Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Before the official turnover, Yamamoto also joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the rehabilitated Malatgao Diverson Dam’s North and South Canal as well as the Irrigators Association Office in Narra.
In his speech, Minister Iyori said the upgraded irrigation infrastructure would not only boost farmers’ income from increased production in Narra and Aborlan but will also help stabilize inflation, and eventually improve the agricultural landscape in Palawan.
These will be supplemented with the provision of nine office buildings equipped with support facilities, complemented with vital agricultural support.
The interventions are vital enablers that would increase farm yield and productivity, accelerate farm income and deliver growth in the agricultural community, not only in these towns but to the overall economy in Palawan.
The NISRIP targets to rehabilitate 11 irrigation systems nationwide. The restored Malatgao diversion dam canals will deliver crucial irrigation deficiencies to 3,014 hectares and would benefit at least 1,585 farmers.