Irrigation project to supply water to high-value vegies

Irrigation project to supply water to high-value vegies

Cabbage, potatoes, carrots and other high value vegetables are among the crops planted by farmers who are beneficiaries of the Lapalap Dagdag-River Small Irrigation Project (SIP) in Bangao, Buguias, Benguet.

On May 11, 2019, NIA-CAR headed by Engr. Sammy A. Kimbungan, Head of Construction Unit, inspected this irrigation project in Benguet. The Lapalap River-Dagdag SIP Phase 1 was a newly completed irrigation project that will supply water to about 25 hectares of vegetable farms in Buguias, Benguet when its second phase will be completed.

The Lapalap River-Dagdag SIP Phase 1 is a ₱10 million worth project that had its groundbreaking ceremony on May 24, 2018 and was completed on March 31, 2019. The early completion of the project is caused by the construction technique of the contractor whom according to Project-in-Charge (PIC), Engr. Freddie Cayatoc, the contractor divided its workers into three groups. One group was in charge of the construction of the intake while the other two were in charge of both canals 1 and 2 respectively.

Engr. Cayatoc also added that the materials needed arrived on-time that is why the project was completed earlier than the project’s target completion which was on April 16, 2019.

The project’s completed facilities for Phase 1 are the left main canal measuring 680 meters which has 6 units of turn-outs and right main canal of 570m that has 2 units of turn-outs.

The second phase of Lapalap River-Dagdag SIP which is ongoing, when completed will extend to 475m of the left main canal while the right main canal will extend 750m more. #Jean Ananayo

Photo caption: NIA-CAR Inspectorate Team lead by Head of Construction Unit, Engr. Sammy A. Kimbungan conducts a project site inspection of Lapalap Dagdag-River Small Irrigation Project (SIP) Phase 1 located in Bangao, Buguias, Benguet on May 11, 2019. #Photo by Jean Ananayo