The Taraka local government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao breaks ground on Mindanao’s largest solar-powered irrigation systems and solar-powered water system project.
A total of 6 solar-powered irrigation systems (SPIS) shall cover an area of at least 1,000 hectares for rice farming upon completion, which allows local Maranao farmers to harvest a minimum of 5 times every 2 years. Meanwhile the solar-powered water system will provide about 25,000 residents clean filtered potable water for their homes. The SPIS and municipal water systems will draw supply from the Taraka river which runs from the mountain regions through Taraka, one of the oldest towns of Lanao de Sur before winding down into Lake Lanao, a historic ancient lake in the Southern Philippines.
Through a loan with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), the Taraka LGU initiative is part of the “Mindanao Water Supply Program” launched by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) in December 2019, in partnership with DBP and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The Department of Agriculture (DA) notes that the initiative marks the first occasion a local government unit (LGU) in Mindanao dares to implement such projects using its own resources, making the ground-breaking event remarkable and historic.
Greenergy Solar PH is providing the solar technology, design and building of the irrigation systems utilizing its proven expertise in solar power generation as the first and now largest commercial solar service provider in the Mindanao region.
Secretary Manny Piñol of MinDA on a Facebook post acknowledges the work of the Taraka LGU as well as MinDA and DBP for pursing the project despite limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also celebrates the courage of the Maranaos of Taraka for embracing the philosophy of self-reliance in governance.
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