PARTIAL EARTHQUAKE DAMAGES ON IRRIGATION INFRASTRUCURES REACH ₱109.49 MILLION

December 29, 2023, 8:19 AM

NIA Central Office - Immediately after the Magnitude 5.2 earthquake in Region VIII on November 20, 2023 and Magnitude 7.6 earthquake on December 2, 2023 in Caraga, NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen directed all NIA Regional Managers to conduct inventory and assessment of damages to irrigation infrastructures.

Based on the partial report submitted by NIA to the Office of DA Assistant Secretary for Operations dated December 13, 2023, the total estimated cost of damage/repair of infrastructure reached ₱109,493,000.00. It affected 7,241 hectares of agricultural land with 5,424 farmer-beneficiaries.

In Region VIII, the initial estimated cost of damages of Magnitude 5.2 earthquake was ₱46,000.00 in Samar National Irrigation Project (NIP), affecting 71 farmers tilling 271 hectares of farmland. The said irrigation project requires Emergency Works or remedial measures to immediately restore the service area and save the standing crops. 

On the other hand, NIA Caraga Regional Office recorded a partial cost of damages by Magnitude 7.6 earthquake amounting to ₱109,447,000.00. A total of 18 irrigation projects with a service area of 6,970 hectares and 5,353 farmer-beneficiaries were affected. These projects require repair works to restore facilities to the original form.

At present, NIA is currently conducting an evaluation on how to effectively address the challenge of repairing the affected irrigation systems/projects to secure unhampered delivery of irrigation service to the farmers.

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