P2B mega-project set in Hinoba-an

The beaches of Hinoba-an are among its tourist attractions.*Rey Siason photo

An almost P2 billion foreign-funded mega project is set for Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental, Mayor Ernesto Estrao said today, February 21.

The project that is being implemented by the National Irrigation Administration and the Department of Agriculture at the Tiabanan River includes an irrigation highway for food security, a 2.4-megawatt hydroelectric plant and potable water facility, the mayor said.

The irrigation highway will irrigate 2,000 to 2,500 hectares in eight barangays of Hinoba-a and one in Sipalay City, he said.

The irrigation canal will be 39 kilometers long, he said.

Preparations for the project began three years ago and recently public consultations were held, he said.

Some residents who will be affected by the project will be relocated and compensated by the national government. So far there have been no objections to it, Estrao said.

The provincial government has also allotted P125 million for a hospital in Hinoba-an, he said.

Estrao said they also aim to develop the port of Hinoba-an and make it a mini-Singapore.

The presence of the police, Army and Philippine Coast Guard in Hnoba-an makes it a peaceful place to live in, Estrao said.*

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