Issue of September 1, 2019
Mt. Province
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Chico project 28% complete
by Peter A. Balocnit / PIA

PINUKPUK, Kalinga – The National Irrigation Administration-Region 2 reported that the Chico River Irrigation Pump Project (CRIPP) recorded a 28.36 percent accomplishment as of Aug. 5.

Roland Apaga of NIA-Region 2 and CRIPP Project Manager in his project briefing at Pinococ barangay hall this municipality said the progress is 1.68 percent ahead of overall schedule against a target of 26.68 percent. 

Project major components  include  the construction of pump house and appurtenances, installation of six units electric motor-driven pumps with an individual capacity of 3,000 liters per second; installation of 30 kilometers transmission line and a sub-station; construction of two  units diversion main canal tunnel; construction of eight kilometers access roads; construction of project management office; and institutional development.

The groundbreaking of the project was held on June 8, 2018 and project duration is three years to expire on Sept. 6, 2021.

The project  when completed will irrigate 8,700 hectares – 7,150 in Tuao  and 380  hectares in Piat, Cagayan  and  1,170 hectares  in this municipality.  

It covers 20 barangays and would benefit 4,350 farmers.

The CRIPP is a flagship infrastructure project financed by China under the Duterte administration’s “Build Build Build” program with a total project cost of P4.372 billion wherein P3.135B is a loan grant from the People’s Republic of China through China Export Import Bank.

The briefing was part of the site validation of the joint Regional Project Monitoring Committees (RPMC) of the Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley region attended also by local officials and beneficiaries.

This was followed by joint RPMC meeting at Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

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