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Regional Development Council passed a resolution endorsing the proposed implementation extension and changes in scopes of work of the Balog-Balog Multi-Purpose Project Phase II in Tarlac. (Trixie Joy B. Manalili/PIA 3 File Photo)

IBA, Zambales. — Regional Development Council (RDC) passed a resolution endorsing the proposed implementation extension and changes in scopes of work of the Balog-Balog Multi-Purpose Project Phase II (BBMP II) in Tarlac.

With an original target completion date of December 2018, BBMP II experienced delays in implementation as reflected by its low physical and financial accomplishments of 25.71 percent and 31.70 percent respectively.

“Severe weather conditions, resettlement concerns, and right-of-way issues hampered the timely completion of the project. As such, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) requested the Investment Coordination Committee for the approval of the project’s implementation extension from 2018 to 2022,” National Economic and Development Authority Regional Director and RDC Vice Chairperson Leon M. Dacanay Jr. said.

This P13.37 billion project will provide year-round irrigation services to about 34,500 hectares at full development and improve cropping intensity from one to at least two seasons per year benefiting about 23,000 famers in the province of Tarlac.

It will improve rice yield from 3.1 metric tons per hectare under rain-fed conditions to 5.2 metric tons per hectare under irrigated conditions.

“To optimize the project benefits, NIA proposed additional scopes of work to provide irrigation services in upland areas of San Jose town covering about 24,000 hectares,” Dacanay added. (PIA 3)

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