South Korea provides grant to Philippine project

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has provided a $22 million grant for the construction of water impounding facilites in Isabela province in northern Luzon.
Manila’s KOICA resident representative Song Minhyeon said the project aims to reduce the adverse impact of climate change and enhance water management through the construction of an earth-filled dam, irrigation facilities, multi-purpose access roads and reforestation of watershed area along the PASA river in Isabela province. 

Once completed, the project will irrigate 980 hectares of farm lands, provide forest cover to 465 hectares of agricultural lands and road access for transporting farm produce.

Korean Ambassador Lee Hyuk said the project is an indication of Korea’s strong commitment in helping the Philippines achieve its goals, not just in terms of climate change, but also in agricultural development and economic growth.

“The project will mitigate climate change by managing water resources and help farmer beneficiaries improve their agricultural productivity through the effective usage of water impounding facilities,” said Lee.

The project which is scheduled to be completed in 2015, will be jointly implemented by KOICA, National Irrigation Administration and the provincial government of Isabe