Right-of-way woes cancel NIA project

DINGALAN, Aurora –  A P10-million communal irrigation project in this mountain resort town has been scrapped over recurring road right of way problems, the National Irrigation administration said.

Angelito Miguel, manager of the NIA’s Bulacan-Aurora-Nueva Ecija  division based in San Rafael, Bulacan, said that the prject’s budget  has been realigned to the Umiray CIP although the  original projecthas already been awarded to a contractor.

Bane is one of three divisions under the NIA Region 3 office under regional manager Josephine Salazar. The others are the Tarlac-Zambales (Tarzam) and Pampanga-Bataan (Pambat) divisions. 

“The project has not been started although the contract has already been awarded so we resolved to just terminate the contract,” Miguel said.

The project encountered a setback after the owner of the land where the Umiray CIP is set to be constructed, lawyer Romeo Roxas, put up a makeshift checkpoint in the barangay, preventing NIA officials and fieldmen from bringing in construction materials to proceed with the project.

Miguel said the project would have made an impact on the community since it could irrigate 100 hectares and benefit at least 50 farmers. He said the funding had to be diverted because it has already been earmarked under the Fund 101 of the General Appropriations Act.

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