NIA inaugurates P74-M pumping station in Camarines Sur

Ricefield in Bicol
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NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – No less than 1,728 farmers and their families in Camarines Sur stand to benefit from a new P74-million pumping station of the Libmanan-Cabusao Pump Irrigation System (LCPIS) inaugurated by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) on Oct. 11 in Awayan, Sipocot, Camarines Sur.

“The newly-inaugurated pumping station has four units of brand-new 250 HP diesel engines and pumps which will irrigate 2,195 hectares of farmlands,” Director Ramon Bogacia, Regional Manager of NIA Bicol said.

At least ten barangays in the town of Libmanan, and two barangays in the town of Cabusao will be serviced by the pumping station, he said.

The LCPIS was originally constructed in the early 1980s under the Integrated Area Development Program of the Philippine government.

Back then, it was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“The original pumping station had four units of electrically-driven engines and pumps. However, in 1998, the electric engines were replaced with diesel engines, of which only two remain operational today,” Bogacia explained.

Among the six provinces in the Bicol region, Camarines Sur has the largest potential irrigable area of 123,700 hectares.

As of June 2018, NIA has already irrigated a total service area of 77,043 hectares in Camarines Sur, attaining 62.28 percent of irrigation development.

The new pumping station of LCPIS is projected to add to the percentage of irrigation development in the province.

“NIA as the lead government agency mandated to develop all possible sources of water for irrigation remains dedicated to its mandate of providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers through the construction, rehabilitation, restoration, and maintenance of irrigation systems nationwide,” the regional manager added.