Japan Turns over Irrigation System Facilities in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo


Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) - Press Release No. 70- 2018


On December 3rd, Embassy of Japan’s Minister Makoto Iyori participated in the turnover ceremony of the Sta. Barbara River Irrigation System under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) in Iloilo, together with National Irrigation Administrator Ricardo Visaya and JICA Senior Representative Yo Ebisawa. Before the official turnover, Minister Iyori also joined the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Sta. Barbara dam as well as the Lacagbun Irrigators Association Office in Jaro, Iloilo City.
In his speech, Minister Iyori highlighted that these upgraded irrigation infrastructures would not only boost farmers’ income from increased production, but also help stabilize inflation, and eventually improve the economy in the Western Visayas region.
The NISRIP targets to rehabilitate 11 irrigation systems nationwide. The restored Sta. Barbara dam and canals will deliver crucial irrigation deficiencies to 2,289 hectares in the towns of Sta. Barbara, Pavia, Leganes and Jaro. These will be supplemented with three warehouses equipped with solar driers. These interventions are vital enablers to increase farm yield and productivity, accelerate farm income and deliver growth in the agricultural community, not only in these towns but to the overall economy in Iloilo province.