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NIA-R9 Inaugurates and Turnover the 2nd Solar Pump Irrigation Project in Zamboanga del Norte

July 29, 2022 | The NIA-Zamboanga del Norte Regional Sub-Office Region-IX inaugurates and turn-over the second completed Solar Pump Irrigation Project in Zamboanga del Norte to the beneficiaries of Lugsong-Dipolog Irrigators Association with a total amount of Php7,600,000.00.

The newly accomplished Lugdungan Solar Pump Irrigation Project located at Brgy. Lugdungan, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte was composed of two (2) units pump house with reservoir, five(5) units submersible solar pump, 201meters canalization and 960meters polyethylene pipe which is now fully operational to irrigate the 33 hectares with 32 farmers beneficiaries of Lugsong-Dipolog IA headed by IA President Mr. Cyril H. Dagayloan. This ceremony was graced by the Acting Manager of NIA-ZDNRSO Engr. Wilson Cabarales, together with him were NIA-ZDNRSO IDS Head Mr. Dionisio Solutorio and other NIA-ZDNRSO staff. The said activity was made successfully through the effort and supervision of the Project In-charge Engr. Benjamine C. Biolango Jr. and IDO Donievic Y. Bago, and all BOTs and Officers of Lugsong-Dipolog IA.

Mr. Dagayloan, expressed his heartfelt gratitude on behalf of the association. And, they willingly received the full responsibility in managing, operating and maintaining the good services of the irrigation project in providing efficient, effective and sustainable irrigation water to the beneficiaries.

NIA-R9 Culminates Nutrition Month Celebration

Pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 491, also known as the “Nutrition Act of the Philippines”, NIA Region IX actively participated the Nutrition Month which is held every month of July.

This year’s theme “New Normal na Nutrisyon, Sama-Samang gawan ng Solution” calls for strengthened nutrition interventions and solidarity towards nutrition improvement as the country shift towards living with the COVID-19 virus.

NIA Region IX culminated the celebration on July 29, 2022 at NIA Function Hall, Tawagan Norte, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. The activity was participated by NIA personnel and select Irrigators Associations (IA) members of Zamboanga del Sur.

Activities undertaken during the Nutrition Month Celebration were Zumba exercise, Non-communicable Disease Health Risk Assessment which includes health advocacy, BP taking, weight taking, and Lecture about Diabetes.

During the culmination, various sorts of nutritious foods were served to the participants to emphasize the importance of nutrition in recovery and in building resilience from pandemic to a better “new normal” life.


NIA-R9 Zamboanga Sibugay IMO conducts a Go, Grow and Glow Food Feeding Activity

NIA Zamboanga Sibugay Irrigation Management Office conducts a Go, Grow and Glow food-feeding activity in Brgy. Labe, Ipil, Zamboanga NIA Zamboanga Sibugay IMO on July 29, 2022. In line with the culmination activities for the Nutrition Month Celebration, NIA Zamboanga Sibugay IMO spearheaded by Engr. Girlie M. Detalla conducted a food-feeding activity in Brgy. Labe in coordination with Brgy. Captain Emma Lirazan and Nurse Melanie Dahunan.

Said activity in line with the theme “New normal na nutrisyon, sama-samang gawan ng solusyon!” calls for strengthened nutrition interventions and solidarity towards nutrition improvement as the country shifts towards living with the COVID-19 virus.

Aside from the food-feeding activity, the locals were also reminded of the do's, dont's and importance of cleanliness in the surroundings to prevent spread of disease. The activity ended with a Zumba participated by all attendees. 

Kapihan sa PIA talk show with NIA-R9

The Philippine Information Agency in partnership with DXPR 603 Radio Station Pagadian and iFM Pagadian conducted a one-hour talk show dubbed as “Kapihan sa PIA” on July 10, 2022, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM with the National Irrigation Administration Region 9 as guest agency.

The resource speakers for this program are the Engr. Salome Naragas Layasan, Acting Regional Manager of NIA Region 9, Engr. Benedicto Isagani O. Pulis Jr., Manager of Zamboanga del Sur Irrigation Management Office (ZDS IMO), and Mr. Alonto L. Marcaban, President of the Regional Federation of Irrigators Association (RFIA). Meanwhile, Mr. Gideon M. Corgue, Information Center Manager of PIA, ZDS served as the host of the Kapihan sa PIA talk show.

The program featured a free-flowing conversation wherein NIA was able to impart awareness to the general public their programs and services especially the irrigation development programs that benefit the farmers in Zamboanga Peninsula, particularly in Zamboanga del Sur.

During the show, ARM conveyed that NIA was already able to irrigate a total of 35,318.66 hectares of agricultural land in the whole region which includes rice lands, high value and other diversified crops. She further calls on to all irrigators associations who have not applied for condonation to complete all necessary documentations for them to fully avail of the free irrigation offered by the government thru the Free Irrigation Service Act (FISA) or the Republic Act No. 10969.

She also aired her felicitations to the awarded Most Outstanding IAs for CY 2021 – the Maunlad na Sakahan IA for winning as Most Outsatnding IA under NIS Category, and the Kausawagan San Vicente Farmers Irrigators Association Inc. (KASAVIFIA, Inc) for bagging 2nd place Most Outstanding CARP-IC IA.

ARM Layasan thanked the PIA and partner radio stations for the opportunity given to NIA as guest speakers of their talk show. She also thanked the RFIA, the ZDS IMO, and all the stakeholders especially the local government units for their support to the agency to successfully fulfill its mission and mandates.