NIA to employ more for irrigation work
The National Irrigation Administration said it will employ more community workers this year as it builds more irrigation projects.
Last year, NIA employed at least 66,340 workers as part of its Community-Based Employment Program (CBEP). The budget was P24.13 million.
Irrigation works include mostly repair and maintenance of existing irrigation systems, repair of groundwater pump irrigation systems, climate change adaptation, Coconet slope protection, and improvement of services roads.
The locally-funded projects included Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation Project Phase (CMIPP) II in Nueva Ecija, which provided at least 4,426 local jobs; Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project Phase (MMIP) II in North Cotabato, which generated 5,300 community-based employments; and the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project (JRMP) II in Iloilo, which delivered at least 1,787 jobs.
The CBEP seeks to contribute to inclusive growth, poverty reduction, and job creation particularly in the countryside or the local community.