Panay News

IPs affected by mega dam await resettleme­nt


ILOILO – The resettleme­nt project intended for 32 families of Indigenous Peoples ( IP) affected by the Jalaur River Multipurpo­se Project Stage II ( JRMP II) constructi­on in the municipali­ty of Calinog is expected to be completed in June and will be ready for occupancy by the beneficiar­ies by the third quarter of this year.

JRMP II spokespers­on Steve Cordero said the resettleme­nt project i n Sitio Agburi, Barangay Cahigon, Calinog was 55.33 percent complete as of last week of March.

It was supposed to be completed in the first quarter of this year but the incessant rains since December 2021 slowed down the constructi­on. The contractor requested for an extension.

“Based on their revised schedule they are still on track,” said Cordero.

All the site developmen­t and needed facilities such as the multipurpo­se hall will be completed by the end of 2022.

All those to be relocated are expected to transfer to the resettleme­nt site a year before the completion of the mega dam project set on Dec. 29, 2023.

The beneficiar­ies are those whose houses are expected to be submerged during the filling up of the JRMP II high dam.

The National Irrigation ( NIA) that is implementi­ng the mega dam project has partnered with the National Housing Authority ( NHA), which provided P20 million as its counterpar­t for the housing project.

Each of the 32 houses has a floor area of 35 square meters built on a 150-square meter lot.

“This is the very first housing project under the NHA Housing Assistance Program for Indigenous Peoples in

Western Visayas and first time for NHA to partner with NIA for the relocation,” Cordero said.

Five of the 32 beneficiar­ies already received t heir Certificat­e of Lot Allocation during t he I ntegra t ed Sustainabl­e Assistance Recovery and Advancemen­t Program (ISARAP) held in the town of Pototan in Iloilo on

April 30.

Meantime, the overall physical accomplish­ment of the JRMP II was at 48.37 percent as of March 2022.

I t i s expected t o be completed in December 2023 and will already start its operation in 2024.

JRMP II, which is the biggest irrigation project outside of

Luzon, is expected to provide irrigation to 31,840 hectares of farmlands in Iloilo, generate 6.6 megawatts of hydroelect­ric power, 86 million liters per day of bulk water supply for the province and city, and generate eco-cultural tourism opportunit­ies and mitigate flooding in Calinog and nearby towns.

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