by Cherry Cadiz
In barangay Labakid, municipality of Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte, the Dohinob Communal Irrigation Project (DCIP) has been established. The CIP is a grant from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) under the ARCDP or Agriarian Reform Communities Development Project to the ARB community in the area. It has a total cost of P28.7 million, funded through the DAR by the World Bank. DAR provided for 95% grant and 5% counterpart by the Irrigator’s Association.
Engr. Ryan Monleon reveals there were a number of problems the project encountered. “Mostly it was the issue on right of way but with the assistance of the different Local Government Units (LGUs) and government agencies like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Agriculture (DA), we were able to solve these. The beneficiaries are happy with the CIP, they can plant twice a year.”
Monleon adds that the Dohinob irrigation project primarily serves the areas of the members of the Labakid-Upper Irasan Irrgator’s Association. Dohinob River is the source of water, thus being named Dohinob CIP. “Together with the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), we monitor and check for maintenance and condition of the dam.”
Rice farmer and ARB Crisente Seromes, 70 years old of Upper Irasan cheerfully said, “Dako kaayog ikatabang ang maong irrigation canal tungod kay sufficient kaayo nag tubig nga madistribute sa among basakan. Ang akong abot sa 8000 sq. m. mikuha ko kaniadto sa wala pa ang irrigation 30 – 40 pero karon nakakuha ko 70 kaban.” (“The irrigation canal is a very big help because of the sufficient distribution of water in our fields. My 8000 sq. m. used to harvest only 30- 40 cavans. But with the irrigation system now, I can harvest 70 cavans.”)
The development of the irrigation dam through the counterpart strategy supports for increase in agriculture and livelihood production, sustained income and security. According to Engr. Alfonso A. Tan, Program Beneficiaries Development Division CARPO, “The project serves as an answered prayer for a stable supply of water among the farmers, especially the ARBs, not only in Labakid but also those within the 88 hectares of service area.”
The Dohinob CIP covers 88 hectares service area including rice areas in barangays Labakid, Upper Irasan and Lower Irasan in the province of Zamboanga del Norte.
Roxas municipality is a third class municipality with an agricultural area of 42,000 hectares.