The biggest dam in the Visayas which will be able to supply water to thousands of hectares of crop fields will soon be constructed in Bohol.
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) last week issued a notice to proceed to the contractor which will conduct the feasibility study of the project named Bohol Northeast Basin Multipurpose Irrigation System, said Engr. Olympio Gala-Gala, Engineering Operations Department and Irrigations Manager of NIA 7.
A total amount of P10 million from the NIA corporate funds has already been earmarked for the four-month feasibility study of the proposed dam which will supply water to towns in the provinceâ€™s second district.
The project will also receive a funding of P70 million for its completion through the General Appropriations Act.
According to Gala-gala, the dam which will primarily be built in Danao is estimated to be 19, 000 hectares big.
Irrigable areas of the dam will include the towns of Bien Unido, Talibon, Trinidad, Ubay, and San Miguel.
The project is a multipurpose system which will also provide potable water to far-flung areas and serve as a 10-megawatt hydro-electric power plant.
It will also be used for tourism purposes and will help control floods in the area.
The said project was authored by the late former Governor Erico Aumentado, and will soon be implemented through the efforts of his son 2nd District Congressman Aristotle Aumentado and the support of Governor Edgar Chatto.Â (with reports from Allen Doydora)