In April 2016, Bicol experienced drought throughout the region that greatly affected the planting of local rice farmers for the wet season. This phenomenon greatly affected the yield of rice, being one of the country’s primary crops, as it is vulnerable to extreme weather and changes in rainfall.
But farmers who have the access to the shallow tube wells (STW) installed by BAWP in Camarines Sur took risks and planted their crops to survive.
The installed STW in Barangay Iraya in Buhi, Camarines Sur irrigated 15.5 hectares of rice field for the benefit of 12 farmers. Similarly, the STWs in Barangays San Esteban and San Roque in Nabua, Camarines Sur, irrigated 6.5 hectares with eight beneficiaries and 5.45 hectares with 16 beneficiaries, respectively.