Agro-tourism site in Barotac Viejo irrigation system vicinity eyed

Barotac Viejo Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Photo by DA-6)

An agro-tourism site is being eyed in the vicinity of the newly constructed irrigation system in the town of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo province.

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and the Department of Tourism, among others signed on April 16, 2019 a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the conduct of a study on the proposed agro-tourism site.

Iloilo Fifth District Rep. Raul Tupas was very thankful for the P993.3-million Barotac Viejo Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (BVSRIP) in Barangay Nueva Invencion.

He said the project would not only boost Barotac Viejo’s agriculture sector but also its tourism sector.

The MOU signing was done after inauguration of BVSRIP.

According to NIA, the project would provide irrigation service to 2,050 hectares of farm land.

The irrigation system is expected to benefit some 1,170 farmers and their families in the villages of California, La Fortuna, Natividad, Sto. Domingo, Bugnay, San Miguel, San Antonio, San Geronimo, San Lucas, Vista Alegre, and Dela Peña in the town of Barotac Viejo, as well as in Merced, Carmelo, Talokgangan, Bariga Magdalo, and Libertad in the town of Banate.

In a report by the Philippine News Agency (PNA) NIA-6 Manager Gerardo P. Corsiga said the Barotac Viejo reservoir needs at least six to eight months for it to be filled with water.

“A little more sacrifice and this reservoir will finally provide a year-round water supply,” he said.

The project includes the generation of 265 hectares of newly irrigable areas, 459 hectares of rehabilitated areas, and 1,326 hectares of restored areas.

“This project is a fruit of NIA’s modernization and innovation feat. Barotac Viejo SRIP is investing in the well-being of its farmer-beneficiaries. It is investing in social development as an agro-tourism site where people can find relaxation and enjoyment. It is investing on those aspects which will improve the quality of life of people who live within the ambit of the project,” NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya said.IMT