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Calinog mayor Centena hints at Duterte’s attendance to P11.2B dam’s groundbreaking

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President Rodrigo Duterte may attend the ceremonial groundbreaking of the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Phase II (JRMP II) in October, Mayor Alex Centena of Calinog, Iloilo said.

Centeno said Duterte has expressed interest in gracing the event.

“The construction of the JRMP II will now push through 100 percent,” he said.

JRMP II was first implemented by NIA in 1960s after the fourth Congress passed Republic Act 2651, which provides for the construction of the JRMP in Iloilo. Its first phase was completed in 1980s but its second phase was derailed for over five decades.

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the project’s contractor, Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. led the signing of the project contract at the NIA Central Office in Quezon City on September 3.

The politiko said the project, which includes the construction of 109-meter Jalaur high dam, 38.5-meter afterbay dam, 10-meter Alibunan catch dam, and 80.74-kilometer high line canal, is seen to generate thousands of local jobs, namely laborers, masonry, welders, and drivers.

Once completed, JRMP II is expected to provide uninterrupted irrigation water supply to 32,000 hectares of farmland, benefit 783,000 farmers, and increase annual production of rice to 300,000 metric tons from 140,000 in Iloilo.