LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- Big ticket irrigation projects, topped by the construction of the third and last phase of the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (Ariip) in Pangasinan, are in the pipeline in Ilocos in 2018.
A report by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) provincial office in Dagupan, quoting National Irrigation Administration Regional Director John Celeste, said construction of Ariip's Lower Agno River Irrigation System Improvement Project (Larisip) was included in the proposed 2018 national budget now being deliberated by Congress.
Celeste said Larisip has a service area of 12,600 hectares covering six municipalities -- three in Pangasinan, two in Tarlac and one in Nueva Ecija.
Also in the pipeline is an irrigation project in Ilocos Norte that will draw water from the Palsiguan River in Abra, with an estimated cost of P26.7 billion.
The project will benefit farmers in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. Because of its high reservoir, the project can also generate power for the province of Abra.
Irrigation projects were also proposed to be built in Gregorio Del Pilar, Ilocos Sur, but consultations with affected residents and municipalities are still ongoing.
Celeste also announced that smaller dams with a height of 20 to 40 meters will also be built in Bugallon and Aguilar towns in Pangasinan.
He added that construction of irrigation projects approved for 2017 is still going on in different parts of Ilocos. (PNA)