ILOILO –Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. continues to advocate support for the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II in Calinog town despite opposition from various militant groups.
“This is the only project that can give us absolute assurance that the city and province of Iloilo can have sufficient and safe potable water,” stressed Defensor during the second stakeholder’s forum and memorandum of agreement signing held at the Provincial Capitol.
The governor said that instead of fearing the project, all stakeholders must be enlightened of the project’s safety features as well as its perceived impacts to agriculture and health.
“Please understand how important this project first before you succumbed to false information that aims to discredit the dam,” he said.
JRMP II was envisioned in the 1960’s to provide multi-purpose utilization of water for irrigation, hydro-electric power and domestic supply to Iloilo.
But it was only in 2011, under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III and through the efforts of Ilonggo Senator Franklin Drilon, that the country was able to secure a loan for the project.
The biggest dam outside Luzon, JRMP II is fuelled by P8.9-billion loan from Korean Exim Bank and P2.2-billion appropriation from the national government.
JRMP II consists of the construction of three dams, rehabilitation and modernization of National Irrigation System, construction of 81-kilometer highline canal, establishment of new areas for irrigation and 6.6-megawatt power plant, and potable water supply connection.
According to Engr. Gerardo Corsiga, the Regional Manager of the National Irrigation Administration Region 6, the project can deliver 86,000 cubic meters of potable water to Iloilo City and surrounding municipalities.
It can likewise increase rice production from 142,000 to 300,000 metric tons yearly, generates 17,000 labor force during the construction phase and improves flood prevention. #2014News