Law now mandates free irrigation
A law effectively subsidizing irrigation for local farmers has already been signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Signed by Duterte this month, Republic Act 10969 or the Free Irrigation Services Act grants free irrigation to farmers who own not more than eight hectares of land.
“The State affirms its commitment to contribute to the lowering of the cost of production through the provision of free irrigation service, and further relieve the farmers and their irrigators associations from the burden and consequence of unpaid irrigation service fees,” the law stated.
Not covered by the free irrigation are farmers with more than eight hectares of land, corporate farms, plantations, fishponds, and those drawing water for non-agricultural purposes.