President Benigno ‘PNoy’ Aquino III will lead the groundbreaking of Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Phase II on March 28, 2016 in Calinog, Iloilo.
Governor Arthur Defensor divulged the information during the 6th Farmers Congress in Cabatuan recently.
The P11.2 billion dam project is the biggest outside Luzon and is expected to employ 17,000 workers. It will also provide water irrigation water to 32,000 hectares of farm land and benefit more than 783,000 Ilonggo farmers.
NIA regional director Gerardo Corsiga said that the bidding for the project is already finished and the technical evaluation has been conducted last week.
“We have already submitted the result of the technical evaluation and request to give concurrence to start the project,” Corsiga said.
“The only left was the financial proposal that we are about to open,” he added.
If the groundbreaking will be realized this end of March, Corsiga assured that the physical construction of the project will immediately commence.