Friday, July 24, 2009

Irrigation System Inaugurated in Zamboanga Village

Two men get dirty water from the sea at the Cawa-Cawa beach along R.T. Lim Boulevard in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines. The sea water contains high pollutants and e-coli bacteria. Government officials led by Secretary Crisanto dela Cruz, the Presidential Assistant for Mindanao, have recently inaugurated a communal irrigation system in Zamboanga's Talisayan village. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 24, 2009) – Philippine officials inaugurated a P8-million communal irrigation system in Zamboanga City in Mindanao, government media said.

It said Secretary Crisanto dela Cruz, the Presidential Assistant for Western Mindanao, led the inauguration Wednesday in the village of Talisayan. The project was funded by the National Irrigation Administration and the Department of Agriculture and would benefit farmers in the area.

The Philippine News Agency said Dela Cruz, an influential former Catholic priest-turned-politician, told farmers to help preserve and maintain the irrigation system so that they will continue to reap the benefits it provides to them.

”The project is part of President Arroyo’s priority to ensure stability of food security in the country. With the irrigation project in place, the farmers can now plant rice twice or even thrice a year as they are ensured of steady water supply,” Dela Cruz, also a hotelier, said. (With a report from Jung Francisco)

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