Gov't releases P8.1-B for flood control, irrigation projects

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Posted at Jan 08 2013 04:24 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2013 03:18 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Tuesday said it is releasing P8.1 billion for flood control and irrigation projects.

Of the total amount, P5 billion has been allocated for 15 flood-control projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways's flood management master plan for Metro Manila and nearby areas. The plan will control the severe flooding in the metropolis.

"The DPWH has been tasked to lay down the proper infrastructure to mitigate flooding in Metro Manila and other affected areas around the city. With the necessary funds already at their disposal, the agency can take advantage of the good weather ahead and fast-track the implementation of these projects, long before the rainy season sets in," Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said in a statement.

Another P1.8 billion was released to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System for the strengthening of the Angat Dam. The MWSS will implement rehabilitation activities on the main dam and dike through proper contingency measures.

Three irrigation projects under the Department of Agriculture - National Irrigation Authority will receive a total of P1.3 billion in funds. 

The Umayam River Irrigation Projec will get P390.1 million, while another P391.35 million will be used for the implementation of the second phase of the Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project in North Cotabato. Another  P483.6 million will be used for the second phase of the Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project Irrigation Component in Nueva Ecija.

"The Aquino administration is set on making the most of our agricultural industry and establishing complete food self-sufficiency for the country this year. The continued implementation of these irrigation projects will be critical not just in sustaining the productivity of the country’s agricultural lands, but also in stimulating economic growth among our local farming communities," Abad said.