Regional Manager Mario H. Sande is the new Regional Manager of NIA R-9

Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur - The National Irrigation Administration Region 9 (NIA R-9) has a new Regional Manager, Engr. Mario H. Sande, who officially assumed his office, after a simple turnover ceremony last August 14, 2017 held at NIA Regional Office Function Hall, this municipality.

Regional Manager Diosdado A. Rosales, who served the Zamboanga Peninsula Region for four (4) years and has been twice a recipient of Regional Manager of the Year award (in 2015 and 2017) during his stint, turned over the leadership to Regional Manager Sande following his new assignment in NIA Region 12. This is part of NIA's "Regional Leadership Map", which aims to continuously enhance leadership skills and knowledge as well as to provide regional offices the opportunity to develop with each leadership.

Manager Sande have previously served the now dissolved NIA Negros Island Region as Regional Manager prior to this new assignment. He also briefly served NIA Region 2 for eight (8) months and NIA Region 7 two (2) years both as Regional Manager since his rising from the ranks in his home region in Region 12.

NIA-9 bags NIA Anniversary Major Awards

NIA Central Office, Quezon City – In the celebration of the agency’s 54th Founding Anniversary, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) recognized its top performers and best leaders in the irrigation program of the government for CY 2016. The awarding ceremony was held at NIA Central Office grounds in Quezon City last June 22, 2017 bearing the theme, “Libreng Patubig Handog sa Magsasaka.”

NIA Region IX has consistently made it among the regions who produce top performing IAs in the country. In this year’s awarding ceremony, the LOWTIPTAM IA located in Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur was awarded as the Most Outstanding IA 1st Runner Up under the National Irrigation System (NIS) Category. LOWTIPTAM IA President Crispo L. Jakosalem together with its IA Secretary Sandra L. Utlang and IA Treasurer Trinidad Y. Vale received a plaque of recognition and a cash prize of P30,000.00 from NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya (Ret.) during the said ceremony.

NIA-9 4th Annual IA Congress dispels ISF Concerns

Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – In an apt forum to discuss President Duterte’s ‘Free ISF’ promulgation, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region IX recently concluded its 4th Annual IA Congress last September 9, 2016 at NIA Regional Irrigation Office Function Hall, Tawagan Norte, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.

Attended by 309 Irrigators’ Association (IA) officials grouped in five batches from 170 IAs across the Zamboanga Peninsula, NIA-9 Regional Irrigation Manager (RIM) Diosdado A. Rosales comprehensively talked about the possible impact from both the IA’s and NIA’s end to dissolve several concerns expressed relative to the said pronouncement.

“NIA supports the President’s policy statement and direction of No ISF or Free ISF, and will continue to perform its functions, less the ISF collection. Farmers will enjoy a considerable savings of P4,250.00 per hectare per year for the National Irrigation Systems (NISs) and P1,275.00 for the Communal Irrigation Systems (CISs) ,” he said as an introduction.

NIA-9 Turns Over 5 M Irrigation Project to San Vicente Farmers

Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur – The National Irrigation Administration – IX (NIA) turned over the 5 M worth of irrigation project of San Vicente Communal Irrigation System to Kauswagan San Vicente Farmers Irrigators’ Association, Inc. (KASAVIFIA) last August 25, 2016 at KASAVIFIA Office, San Vicente, Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur.

The completed project is said to cover a total service area of 213 hectares and is projected to benefit 164 farmers of barangays San Vicente and Kauswagan. This 5 M irrigation project includes 830 meters canalization, an irrigation service road, and 400 meters protection dike of Kauswagan Creek, its water source.

Engr. Joel C. Atay, the Zamboanga del Sur Irrigation Management Office Head spearheaded the ribbon cutting and project turnover ceremony where it was attended by LGU dignitaries, namely, San Vicente Brgy. Captain Gomersendo D. Perez, Tambulig Municipal Vice-Mayor Caridad B. Balaod, Tambulig Municipal Mayor Protocio L. Aleman, Poblacion Aurora Mayor Jojo Palma, and the Vice-Governor of Zamboanga del Sur Ace William E. Cerilles.

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