P13.3B Tarlac irrigation project to boost farm, fishery production
President Aquino led the launch of the second phase of the P13.3-billion Balog-Balog Multi-purpose Project (BBMP), which is expected to supply irrigation water, mitigate flooding, provide 43.5 megawatts of power, and increase fish production in Tarlac province.
The project will benefit the towns of Paniqui, Pura, Ramos, Victoria, Gerona, San Jose, Lapaz, Capas, and Concepcion, as well as Tarlac City.
It involves the construction of a 105.5-meter tall dam, a diversion tunnel, the 60-kilometer main irrigation canal, and the 248-km lateral canals.
It also includes right of way acquisition, the creation of 140 irrigators’ associations in the nine towns and Tarlac City, the resettlement of 745 families, and the allocation of 2,000 hectares of land for watershed management.
The National Irrigation Administration said 21,935 hectares of new farming areas, including upland farming in San Jose, will be irrigated.
It will also stabilize irrigation supply for 12,475 hectares in existing service areas in BBMP Phase 1.
The project is also expected to boost cropping intensity from 124 percent to 200 percent and promote eco-tourism.