Isa pang Megadam: P18.3B dam for Capiz in the works

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A new P18.3-billion dam project for Capiz is now in the works, with construction set to start in 2018, the National Irrigation Administration in Region 6 said.

NIA-6 Regional Manager Gerardo Corsiga said the feasibility study is completed and will be sent to the National Economic and Development Authority.

Corsiga also said they are also waiting for a funding institution that will finance the P19.3-billion Panay River Basin Integrated Development Project.

“We already have the endorsement from the Regional Development Council (RDC-6). The next step will be the submission of the FS to NEDA for further review of the technical board. After which, it will be forwarded to the Cabinet committee for approval,” Corsiga said .

“Approval of the projects is fast under the Duterte administration so hopefully early next year we can have the signing of the loan agreement between two countries and then start the implementation,” he added.

Once completed, the project can irrigate 26,800 hectares during wet season and 18,773 during the dry season. It can also generate 15.6 megawatts of hydropower.

The project features the Panay High Dam and Panay Afterbay Dam; High Line Canal; and floodway component.

Panay River Basin will serve 15 towns of Capiz including Roxas City; and neighboring towns in Iloilo such as Lemery, San Rafael and Bingawan.