The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) and Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) expressed concern over the ill effects of excessive quarrying on rivers to existing infrastructures. National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) 6 regional director Ro Ann Bacal, chair of RPMC, called for an inter-agency meeting to tackle the matter at the Governor’s boardroom on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
River Profiling Project
ILOILO — The petition for writ of kalikasan with prayer for temporary protection order that could prevent or delay the construction of P11.2-billion water reservoir in Jalaur River has been dismissed by the Court of Appeals due to lack of merit. The decision dismissing the plea was ordered by Associate Justice Rosemari Carandang and concurred by Associate Justices Marlene Gonzales-Sison and Edwin Sorongon on September 16 and made public on September 23.
The Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) remains to be a priority project of the Aquino Administration in Western Visayas. On his latest State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Benigno Aquino III once again included JRMP II in the roster of infrastructure projects his administration championed. Other projects mentioned include Lulutan Bridge in Isabela, Balog-Balog Multi-Purpose Project Phase 2 in Tarlac and Basilan Circumferential Road in Basilan among many others.
The law specifically provides that law “There shall be constructed at the Jalaur River in the Province of Iloilo, based on plans and specifications duly approved by the Secretary of Public Works and Communications, a multi-purpose project, to be known as the Jalaur Multi-Purpose Project, hereinafter called the Project, for the purposes of regulating and controlling floods caused by the Jalaur River, storing its waters and using them to irrigate agricultural lands in the Jalaur Valley, and generating and transmitting electric power and energy”.
No less than the highest Catholic leader in the Western Visayas, Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, had given his blessing and prayers for the successful implementation of the Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project II (JRMP II), according to Senate President Franklin M. Drilon.
Iloilo City – Support for the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) widens and continues to increase.This, with the success of the recent forum initiated by the project proponent, National
Irrigation Administration (NIA). Indigenous Peoples (IPs), farmers, Irrigators Associations (IAs), Non-Government Organizations and Government Agencies here gathered May 21, 2015,for said forum.