Abandoned dam finally completed PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 May 2016 11:36

The long wait is over for farmers of three barangays in the city’s east as the irrigation dam in Sibulao has finally been completed and inaugurated after more than two decades of abandonment.

The completion of the slope construction at the irrigation dam came following efforts exerted by District 2 Councilor Mike Alavar III, chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Agriculture.

Alavar had earlier made several moves in calling the attention of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) to complete the project.

The newly reelected councilor had made the dam project one of his priorities after learning that it was neglected for several years.

Alavar said that based on his research, the irrigation dam was constructed two decades ago and left unfinished and to irrigate the ricefields of Sibulao, Magusu and Vitali.

In previous years, pushed the matter with the NIA in Manila urging it to look into the project. Eventually he got positive response.

The sum of P5,038,000 was allocated for the completion of the dam’s slope wall and the construction took off in January 25. The work completed this month.

Alavar said the dam can irrigate the farms of hundreds of farmers in Barangays Sibulao, Mangusu and Vitali.

During the inauguration, officials of the barangays and farmers expressed their deepest gratitude to Alavar, the only official who  showed deep concern to them.

Alavar led the ceremonial ribbon cutting with Engr. Diosdado Rosales, NIA regional manager, Engr. Maritez Soria, OIC, Zambasulta RSO, Hon. Pablo Ramos, Sibulao barangay chairman.

The blessing was officiated by Rev. Fr. Manny Rodriguez, Vitali parish priest. – Dan Toribio