The association with 53 farmers who are agrarian reform beneficiaries will now operate and maintain the project located at Laya West, this city.
Kalinga Irrigation Management Office (KIMO) Division Manager Engr. Ronilio Cervantes said the Laya West CIP - Phase I is an inter- agency project funded under Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program- Irrigation Component (CARP- IC) CY 2019 with a total project cost of Php10,000,000.00. The project was designed to irrigate an irrigable area of 54 hectares.
The turn over activity was witnessed by Congressman Allen Jesse C. Mangaoang, Governor Ferdinand B. Tubban, NIA-Cordillera Manager Engr. Benito T. Espique, Jr.; NIA Consultant Ret. Col. Herman P. Asanyas, Jr.; NIA- KIMO employees, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Edaňo G. Canao, DAR Kalinga, Presidential Agrarian Reform Council Committee (PARCCOM) headed by Francisco Alunday and the farmer- beneficiaries.
In a related development, Espique led other officials in a monitoring activity conducted on the ongoing improvement of main canal of the Upper Chico River Irrigation System (UCRIS). The NIA-KIMO is committed to closely monitor the on-going P137 million UCRIS rehabilitation with contractors directed to complete the project ahead of schedule. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
By Peter A. Balocnit