Thursday, February 18, 2010

Irrigation Project in Lanao del Sur Philippines

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today ordered military engineers under Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) chief Lt. General Delfin Dolorfino to complete the Malaig Irrigation Project in the adjacent town of Butig, which was suspended due to the activities of rogue Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Commander Bravo. 

The project, which was among the major irrigation projects mentioned in the President's 2006 State of the Nation Address, is part of government's goal to increase farm productivity in Agribusiness Mindanao super region, one of five growth corridors aimed at maximizing the country's strengths in agriculture and agribusiness, information technology, and tourism.

The President also instructed Public Works Secretary Vic Domingo to start within two weeks construction work on the long-stalled Lake Lanao Circumferential Road, which was conceptualized during a visit here decades back by the President's father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal.

"Secretary Domingo said the equipment are ready and the project already awarded to the winning contractor," the President told the faculty and students of Unda Memorial National Agricultural School (UMNAS) here this afternoon.

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