Roland Apaga of NIA Region 2 and CRIPP Project Manager, in his project briefing at Pinococ Barangay Hall this municipality on Friday, said the progress is 1.68% ahead of overall schedule against target of 26.68%.
Project major components include the construction of pump house and appurtenances, installation of 6 units electric motor-driven pumps with an individual capacity of 3,000 liters per second; installation of 30 kilometers transmission line and a sub-station; construction of two units diversion main canal tunnel; construction of 8 kilometers access roads; construction of project management office, and institutional development.
Ground breaking of the project was held on June 8, 2018 and project duration is three years to expire on September 6, 2021.
The project when completed completion will irrigate 8,700 hectares – 7,150 in Tuao and 380 hectares in Piat, Cagayan and 1,170 hectares in this municipality. It covers 20 barangays and would benefit 4,350 farmers.
The CRIPP is a flagship infrastructure project financed by China under the Duterte administration’s “Build Build Build” program with a total project cost of Php 4.372 billion wherein Php 3.135 billion is a loan grant from the People’s Republic of China thru China Export Import Bank.
The briefing was part of the site validation of the joint Regional Project Monitoring Committees (RPMCs) of the Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley region attended also by local officials and beneficiaries. This was followed by joint RPMC meeting at Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
By Peter A. Balocnit