P605M for Bohol for irrigation here

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P605M for Bohol for irrigation here

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IRRIGATING PROSPERITY Bohol irrigators associations presidents pin their farm prosperity hope on a government that provides their needs at their provincial congress joined by (seated center, l-r) NIA Regional Manager Mario Sande, Justice Sec. Leila de Lima and Gov. Edgar Chatto as well as other NIA regional officials. (NIA-7 fb)
IRRIGATING PROSPERITY Bohol irrigators associations presidents pin their farm prosperity hope on a government that provides their needs at their provincial congress joined by (seated center, l-r) NIA Regional Manager Mario Sande, Justice Sec. Leila de Lima and Gov. Edgar Chatto as well as other NIA regional officials. (NIA-7 fb)

A huge P606.5 million has been earmarked to irrigate wider Bohol farmlands and more than satisfy the Boholanos’ staple need.

It is the biggest allocation  to any province in Central Visayas for the upcoming year, according to the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) regional summary of allocations for different irrigation projects and service programs.

NIA’s total for the region’s three provinces next year is P779.226 million, which is bigger by P99 million than the P680 million in 2015.

Bohol, a food basket  which Gov Edgar Chatto wants to keep abounding, has the fattest share at P606.582 million which indicates a 20% increase.

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With this, Chatto, who chairs the Regional Development Council (RDC-7), is optimistic of higher rice yield not just for Bohol’s food security but the region’s self-sufficiency as well.

The annual budget for irrigation projects and related programs also passed through the RDC for its  endorsement for national funding.

Chatto thanked the entire powerful regional body and  the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) through its national board, is crucial.

But this is not without the governor of course preciously recognizing the efforts of the NIA people with the parallel support of the Bohol congressmen.

Bohol’s allocation is broken down to P362.065 million for different irrigation projects in the Third District; P230.716 million, Second District; and P13.801 million, First District.

The Third District, which has 19 of Bohol’s 47 towns, is the province’s biggest rice producer and host to its largest irrigation system, the Malinao dam in Pilar.

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The whole Cebu province has P94.944 million while Siquijor, the region’s smallest province, has P7.500 million.

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NIA’s budget summary for Central Visayas included Negros Oriental’s P70.2 million, although the latter, by the country’s regional political and administrative divisions, is now part of the Negros Island Region (NIR) along with Negros Occidental.

Specifically, Chatto said Malinao dam’s improvement gets the largest chunk at P200 million, followed by the Benliw reservoir irrigation project in Ubay, P100 million; Mabini-Cayacay reservoir irrigation project in Mabini, P85 million; and Bonot-bonot reservoir irrigation project in Buenavista, P70 million.

There are restoration, rehabilitation and/or repair of existing irrigation systems and small irrigation projects in several other rice-producing municipalities.

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The NIA budget for Bohol also has allocations for operation management transfer support services and climate change adaptation works, the latter for a resilient agriculture.

In addition, Chatto led in a recent RDC meeting the endorsement to NIA of the irrigation system development in San Isidro, a landlocked Second District municipality.

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Rice  is a staple content of Bohol as the region’s food basket that at the same time improves its vegetable and livestock productions, even dairy output.

Agro-industry has been reframed by the Chatto administration into one of the pillars of the economic tripod for the development and growth of Bohol, the two others being tourism and information technology. (Ven rebo Arigo)

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