Contract Work Completes 5 Solar Pump Irrigation Projects

The National Irrigation Administration, Iloilo-Guimaras Irrigation Management Office has ten (10) solar pumps projects amounting to 28.6Million allotted for the provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras. These were funded under the Establishment of Ground Pump Irrigation Project or EGPIP. These projects will serve the farmers of the municipalities of Banate, Batad, Dingle, Leon, Miag-ao, Mina, San Miguel, and Sara in the province of Iloilo, and the towns of Nueva Valencia and Sibunag in Guimaras. The remaining five (5) contract works are ongoing. Furthermore, the construction of the bench flume under Force Account Works is in progress. A total of 24 Solar Pump projects of the NIA were distributed to six (6) provinces in Western Visayas, including Iloilo and Guimaras.

After fighting through many challenges, five (5) of the eight (8) Solar Pump irrigation projects in the province of Iloilo under contract works are completed. The contract works of Abat Pump Irrigation Project (PIP), Ginalingan Nuevo PIP, Kirayan PIP, Panginman PIP, and San Antonio PIP reported completed as of August 12, 2021. The fieldwork of the Superb 711 Engineering and Construction - the contractor, started on December 3, 2020, however, a series of typhoons and strict implementation of COVID-19 protocols in the province resulted to delayed completion.