ILOILO CITY, April 21 (PIA) - The implementation of Iloilo's biggest irrigation development project Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) continues to gain momentum and is ahead of its target.
A press report from the JRMP II Public Relations Team, citing the Project Management Office, said that for the first quarter of 2021, the over-all physical accomplishment of JRMP II, considering both Government of the Philippines (GOP) and Loan Proceed (LP) components, is recorded at 37.83 percent.
According to the report, this is 6.11 percent more than its target for the same quarter which is 31.72 percent.
This P11.2-billion project development, said the report, supports the battle cry of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) - as chief implementing agency, for a continued implementation of essential irrigation development projects and programs amidst the pandemic with the official tagline #TuloyAngDaloyNIA.
Ongoing works of international contractor DAEWOO Engineering and Construction (DEC) include foundation preparations for the 109-meter Jalaur High Dam - the impounding dam of the project.
This activity is crucial because the foundation of the dam is integral in ensuring the stability and structural integrity of the project, according to the report.
An additional geological investigation was jointly conducted by NIA, DEC and independent international geological expert Arup commissioned by the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) - the loan provider.
It aims at helping the NIA and the contractor determine the appropriate foundation treatment for the high dam considering current geological conditions.
Simultaneous to this, the contractor is also constructing a 10.65-meter downstream coffer dam in the Jalaur High dam that will help ensure that the dam site will be dry and suitable for construction.
It is the third structure constructed by DEC for the care and diversion of the river. In 2020, the contractor had completed the 310-meter diversion tunnel and 30.21-meter upstream coffer dam.
Meanwhile, works on the 38.5 Afterbay Dam - the regulating dam of the project located 1.5 kilometers downstream of the High Dam, are also ongoing. Preparatory works for the construction of the upstream and downstream coffer dams of the Afterbay Dam have already commenced.
As of this writing, DEC has already diverted the Jalaur River through the 150-meters diversion tunnel of the Afterbay Dam.
At the 10-meter Alibunan River Catch Dam - the third dam of JRMP II, foundation preparations are likewise ongoing as the construction of the second phase of the dam commenced this 1st quarter of the year. Phase 1 of the project was completed last 2020.
Various construction activities are ongoing also on the 81-kilometer High Line Canal (HLC) that will traverse nine (9) towns in Iloilo Province.
At this rate of construction, NIA is optimistic that the project, which officially took in November 2019, will be completed as planned by 2023, according to the press report.
Among other beneficial effects, the project strengthens the partnership of the Philippines and South Korea for economic progress. Eighty (80) percent of the cost of JRMP II is funded by the Government of South Korea through a tied loan with EDCF. (JRMP II Steve E. Cordero/PIA6)