NAGA CITY ---   Some 80 farmers in Polangui, Albay  are now enjoying the benefit of  a newly completed pump irrigation system constructed by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) worth P 13.6 million,  which now irrigates 105 hectares of formerly rainfed rice farms.

Engr. Cristeta Escober-Mesias, acting manager of NIA Albay-Catanduanes Irrigation Management Office, said the major items of works undertaken in the project consisted of: installation of a 180-Horse Power diesel engine and vertical mix flow pump;  construction of 184 meters of elevated flume or canal and  1,285.10 meters or roughly 1.28 kilometers of  concrete-lined canals.

The project, known as Lourdes Communal Irrigation Project was started on August 13, 2013 and was finished on April 25, 2015.

It was officially turned over to the officers and members of the Farmers Irrigators Association of Lourdes Polangui Albay, Inc., led by Ernesto Tuazon Sr., on Wednesday, Feb. 24 with NIA Bicol Regional Manager Vicente R. Vicmudo and Polangui Mayor Cherry Sampal as guests.

Meanwhile, Engr. Vicmudo bared that for 2016, Albay province has an allocation of P113 million consisting of 31 projects, which will provide irrigation supply to 139 hectares of rainfed ricelands, restore irrigation service to 118 hectares of rice farms, and repair the irrigation facilities and structures covering 759 hectares.

Vicmudo said that works on these 31 projects include: concrete lining works on 6.80 kilometers of canals; repair works on 11 irrigation structures; and provision of coconets on 8,300 square kilometers of canals slopes for erosion control and protection.

In totality, some 2,121 farmers will benefit from these 2016 projects, not to mention the 671 jobs that will be generated as a result of the implementation of the 31 projects.