We have more than enough water for irrigation: Piñol
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol decried how Filipinos squander the water that they get from bodies of water and the rains during six months of wet season.
“We are a country with six months of rain, typhoons, and flooding. Then there are three months of dry spell when we cry for water,” Piñol said during his recent visit at the International Rice Research Institute.
He said the country must come up with a good plan to conserve water from the La Niña season for use during the next dry season.
He said the Duterte government will now concentrate on quick, small, and environment-friendly irrigation projects instead of the big projects that take 15-20 years to complete but irrigate only 10,000 to 15,000 hectares.
“Building irrigation projects starting now will take us 15 years to complete,” he said. “Because our population is growing at 1.9 percent per annum and our irrigation program only adds about 50,000–60,000 hectares a year, that’s not going work.”