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PN 2014-11: Analysis of Technical Assumptions and Processes of Evaluating Feasibility of Irrigation Projects

This Policy Note presents the highlights of a component study of the rapid appraisal of the government`s irrigation program commissioned by the National Economic and Development Authority and the Department of Budget and Management to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, as input to the budget process. In most Philippine irrigation systems, a large gap exists between design assumptions and operational realities, which causes these systems to underperform chronically. Site visits and collection of secondary data were conducted for 14 irrigation systems in Luzon and the Visayas to evaluate the kind of design problems determining underperformance. The study concludes that good governance of irrigation systems must start with a design that ensures compatibility with operational realities and an acceptable level of financial viability to ensure sustainable performance.

Philippine Institute for Development Studies
Authors Keywords
Moya, Tolentino B.; irrigation system; Philippines; irrigation; rapid appraisal;
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