P440-M irrigation dam to rise in Camarines Sur town

By Connie Calipay

February 20, 2024, 7:43 pm

<p><em>(Infographic courtesy of NIA Bicol)</em></p>

(Infographic courtesy of NIA Bicol)

LEGAZPI CITY – A PHP440.325 million small irrigation dam will soon rise in Ragay, Camarines Sur to benefit hundreds of farmers, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Bicol said Tuesday.

National Irrigation Administration (NIA)-Bicol Regional Manager, engineer Gaudencio de Vera, said the project includes an 11-meter high zoned dam and 70-meter spillway with the Paculago River as the source of water.

“We are very excited for the Bicol region. This project will generate an additional 450 hectares of service area and more or less 4,000 metric tons of rice per year," de Vera said.

"The project aims to improve agricultural productivity through the provision and enhancement of irrigation and drainage infrastructure, thus increasing farmers' income and standard of living with sustainable irrigation systems," he added, noting that they are awaiting the program of works to begin the construction.

De Vera said two other dam projects are the subject of a feasibility study to address the irrigation water shortage in the towns of Lupi, Baao, and Iriga City in Camarines Sur. (PNA)