NIA, SNAP complete MARIS reservoir optimization project
By Cielito M. Reganit
MANILA, June 1 (PNA) -- Officials of the National Irrigation Administration and hydropower company SN Aboitiz Power-Magat (SNAP) on Wednesday inaugurated the just-completed Magat River Irrigation System (MARIS) Optimization Project in Ramon, Isabela.
NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal said the project, which was completed on March 22, 2016, could store an additional eight million cubic meters of water in the Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIS} reservoir for irrigation. It also provides expanded capacity to impound water in the event of a storm.
The project also included other dam improvements such as provision of two new gantry cranes, security fence, and safety handrails which will improve the dam operational safety and irrigation water delivery of NIA.
The project is fully funded by SNAP at no cost to the Philippine government.
Groundbreaking for the project was held on Nov. 4, 2014 and site works began in January 2015.
“This project is Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) at its best,” Padernal said.
Meanwhile, SNAP-Magat executive vice president and chief operating officer Joseph S. Yu said that the project reaffirms their commitment to support NIA’s mission to provide irrigation for agriculture and secure the food supply for the country.
“This is our small role in nation-building,” Yu said. (PNA)