The top five heirloom rice producing barangays in Banaue, Ifugao have received irrigation projects from the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) under its Communal Irrigation System (CIS) sub projects.
The projects worth P30 million aim help attain rice sufficiency through a sustainable and steady irrigation coupled with the rehabilitation of abandoned rice terraces in the province.
The CIS sub-projects are located in Barangays Amganad, Viewpoint, Bocos, Poitan, Kinakin, Luutan, and Imbangnge, all in Banaue.
Elvys Taquio of the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Cordillera, said the CIS projects were recently approved and, once completed, are expected to increase the number of irrigated areas and, thus, increase rice yield by allowing farmers to have at least two cropping seasons.
Taquio said the irrigation projects will be turned-over to the beneficiaries of the community for management and maintenance.
In a pre-construction conference held last February, both the Municipal Project Management and Implementing Unit (MPMIU) and sub project contractors were gathered to clarify rules of the PRDP projects and avoid delays in their implementation and completion.