Philippines: Southern Philippines Irrigation Sector

Sovereign Project | 27245-013

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Project Name Southern Philippines Irrigation Sector
Project Number 27245-013
Country Philippines
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 1668-PHI: Southern Philippines Irrigation Sector
Ordinary capital resources US$ 60.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture and Natural Resources - Irrigation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The objective of the Project is to increase incomes of about 10,000 farm households through increased agricultural production and crop diversification, resulting from investment in irrigation infrastructure and measures to promote user participation in project development or improvement and subsequent system management. The participatory process will facilitate building the capacity of self-reliant IAs to undertake O&M of their irrigation systems. The Project will also improve general living standards of farming communities by improving the road network leading to better access to markets. The Project also provides for improved management of degraded watersheds, resettlement of populations displaced by reservoir impoundment, measures to control schistosomiasis and development of indigenous people. The Project includes the following mutually self-supporting components which have been based on extensive consultations with the beneficiaries and other stakeholders: (i) participation and transfer; (ii) physical infrastructure; (iii) environmental and social measures; and (iv) Project management.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government's key development objective is reduction of poverty in rural areas through increased farm productivity and diversification of the rural economy. To support the Government's objective, the Bank's strategic approach to poverty reduction in the Philippines includes, inter alia, rural development through development of new irrigation systems, improvement of existing irrigation systems, strengthening O&M, provision of agricultural support services and inputs, and the development and implementation of mechanisms for more effective participation and irrigators' associations (IAs) capacity building. Investments in irrigation and associated human resource development are considered an effective intervention to reduce poverty and improve the standard of living of poor agrarian communities which have suffered from the financial crisis and El Nino-induced drought. The proposed Project will have a positive impact on agricutural production and poverty reduction. The Project provides an ideal setting for addressing poverty reduction, in accordance with the Government's and the Bank's strategies, in view of the higher incidence of poverty in the Project area.

The Project as a key element of ADB's operational partnership with Philippines supports the rehabilitation of irrigation schemes, and local government and community organizations to manage these systems.

Impact Increase agricultural production and crop diversification through user participation in irrigation development or improvement projects and subsequent system management. Enhance rural incomes in the southern Philippines from P8,000 to P12,500 (1998 price) by 2005 in the Project area.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increase agricultural production and crop diversification through user participation in irrigation development or improvement projects and subsequent system management.
Progress Toward Outcome

Based on an initial assessment, in Calayagon CIS, per capita income increased to P16,460, while in Gibong RB RIS, cropping intensity increased to 3.63 t/ha and 4.91 t/ha in wet and dry season, respectively; in Calayagon CIS, cropping intensity are 3.74 t/ha and 3.68 t/ha in wet and dry season. These indicate that the project's objective will be met with the completion of the selected subprojects.

Actual irrigated in the last cropping season in the period January-August 2009 is 3,645 hectares or about 55% of the actual area generated and rehabilitated (area where new irrigation facilities are provided and existing facilities rehabilitated).

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Participation and Transfer

Irrigators' Association (IA) organization and capacity building

Genuine user participation

Transfer of completed systems to IAs

2. Physical Infrastructure

Communal irrigation systems

National irrigation systems

Small reservoir irrigation systems

Access roads

3. Environmental and Social Measures

Watershed management


Schistosomiasis control

Indigenous peoples development plan

4. Project Management

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The Project has been physically completed on 30 June 2010, with some remaining minor works to be undertaken by the Government after the said date. Since 15 October 2010, the Executing Agency commenced activities in gathering data for preparation of its Project Completion Report which will be submitted to ADB in early 2011. Subsequently, ADB will do conduct a Project Completion Review mission.

1. The IAs are all organized and registered with the SEC in the core subprojects; and construction MOAs for each core subproject have been signed. In the non-core subprojects farmer-beneficiaries formed into informal groups in the new areas and TSAGs activated in the existing systems to facilitate group activities and capacity building. SMAD (Systems Management and Agricultural Development) in Gibong Right Bank, Calayagon and Can-asujan subprojects are ongoing while in other subprojects are in the preparatory stage. Two core subprojects are under joint management system (JSM) and moving towards JSM 2.

2. Construction of 1 CIS and 1 SRIS have been completed while 1 CIS, 5 NIS and 2 SRIS are in various stages of project implementation; 18.53 km access roads have been constructed

3. Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) of all the subprojects have been completed while ECC compliance still ongoing; MMT (Multi-Partite Moitoring Teams) activities ongoing and in various stages; Watershed Management Plan (WMP) and LARPs are in various stages of preparation and implementation. Schistosomiasis control activites have been completed, except in Lanao/ARMM. The certificate of precondition for the Baobo SP has been issued by the National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP). For the Cantillan SP, no certificate was issued because the Memorandum of Agreement among the tribal leaders, DENR, and LGUs was not signed. For Aclan-Amontay, no certification was issued since the LGU, who has responsibility over this subproject lack funds to undertake it.

4. Core staff continuously focused on activities such as (i) combining and integrating approach to the planning and programming of the subprojects infrastructure development with participation and transfer component, and the compilation of activity specification for the project implementation manual covering feasibility study and detailed engineering design; (ii) reviewing and revising the action plan considering the revised costing to support SPMOs activities for 3 core-subprojects and 10 non-core subprojects; (iii) continuing facilitation of the utilization of the imprest fund account of the project; and (iv) continuing the coordination activities with the other various offices of the agencies concerned in the Project.

Geographical Location The Project area covers four regions in the Southern Philippines: (i) the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); (ii) Caraga; (iii) Region VI (Western Visayas); and (iv) Region VII (Central Visayas).
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Pro-poor project interventions are being implemented following participatory approaches which include targeted women programs.
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Beneficiaries participated in the planning and consultation through the irrigators' associations and nongovernment organizations.
During Project Implementation

Beneficiaries are involved in the implementation of the Project and operation and maintenance of completed infrastructure.

Extensive field level consultations were conducted as part of project participatory process.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The Project will require a total of 145 person-months of international consultant services in the areas of irrigation management (team leader), community development, dam engineering and geology, participatory training, irrigation agronomy, and environment, and 273 person-months of domestic expertise in institutional development, hydrology, environment, rural sociology, agricultural economics, sprinkler engineering, hydraulic engineering, fisheries, watershed, monitoring and evaluation, irrigation management, agriculture, and community development. The consultants has already been fielded.
Procurement All procurement of goods and services to be financed by the Bank will be carried out in accordance with the Bank's Guidelines for Procurement. Civil works contracts will be awarded on the basis of local competitive bidding among prequalified bidders and by small package contracts and force accounts in accordance with the Borrower's procedures satisfactory to the Bank. Equipment and materials will be procured through international competitive bidding (ICB), international shopping, and local competitive bidding (LCB).
Responsible ADB Officer Bui Minh Giap
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur
Agusan del Sur
Department of Finance
DOF Building
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex
Roxas Blvd., Manila, Philippines
National Irrigation Administration
Engineer Carlos S. Salazar
EDSA, Diliman Quezon City
Concept Clearance 05 Mar 1993
Fact Finding 19 May 1998 to 27 May 1998
MRM 26 Jun 1998
Approval 18 Dec 1998
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 11 Dec 2006
Last PDS Update 06 Jun 2011

Loan 1668-PHI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Dec 1998 01 Mar 1999 29 Oct 1999 30 Jun 2006 30 Jun 2010 30 Jun 2011
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 101.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 60.00 18 Dec 1998 39.24 0.00 78%
Counterpart 41.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Dec 1998 50.01 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - -
Title Document Type Document Date
Southern Philippines Irrigation Sector Project Project/Program Completion Reports Oct 2011

Evaluation Documents

See also: Independent Evaluation
Title Document Type Document Date
Philippines: Southern Philippines Irrigation Sector Project Validations of Project Completion Reports Dec 2013

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