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NIA IX joins PRLEC's poverty reduction and livelihood programs for disadvantaged communities

DUMINGAG, ZDS, July 14 (NIA-9) – The National Irrigation Administration Region 9 (NIA-9) along with other line agencies converged in a remote barangay of ZDS to implement the Sustainable Development Intervention Program (SDIP) of Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC).

PRLEC is one of the 12 efforts under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and is being managed by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). It aims to develop self-reliant, resilient, productive, and sustainable communities through harmonized and culturally responsive development programs.

Pursuant to the PRLEC’s mission and intent, a two (2) day Sustainable Development Intervention Program (SDIP) was conducted by the Cluster on June 13-14, 2021 at Brgy Dilud, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur. The beneficiaries of the program are two (2) barangays of Dumingag identified as geographically isolated, disadvantaged, and conflict-affected areas namely: Brgy. Dilud and Brgy. Sunop.

Being one of the member agencies of PRLEC, NIA’s programs are geared towards the enhancement of agricultural activity of these areas. During the conduct of SDIP, NIA-9 PRLEC Representatives Engr. Joel Janiola, Rosie Lyn Bayawa, and Jenny Lyn Cleofe gave a brief orientation of the agency and its irrigation programs, and explained to the community the process on how they can avail irrigation programs to further improve their rice production.

At present, the farmers of these barangays are dependent to rain water for their farms. With the introduction of NIA, farmer-participants were enlightened and were given hope to an improved farming in their area.

On behalf of NIA-9 management, NIA PRLEC representatives assured the community as well as the organizers its continuous support to PRLEC’s commitment to empower every remote community in Zamboanga Peninsula.


Nagkahiusang Irrigators Association honored as one of the Most Outstanding Irrigators Associations Nationwide


LABANGAN, ZDS, June 28 (NIA-9) – The National Irrigation Administration Region 9 (NIA-9) bestowed awards to Nagkahiusang Irrigator’s Association (IA) of Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur for being one of the winners during the Search of Most Outstanding Irrigators Association (IA) CY 2020 for the National Irrigation System (NIS) Category of National Irrigation Administration.

Nagkahiusang IA was honored for their achievement and success in operation and maintenance performance and implementation, financial operation, and organizational discipline and linkages. As a winner, they will be receiving 1 million worth of IA model farm project, a plaque, and P50,000 cash incentive from NIA Central Office, and another plaque and P5,000 reward from the Regional Irrigation Office (RIO).

The virtual awarding ceremony was organized by NIA-9 RIO to formally congratulate and recognize the accomplishment of the IA. The management also conveyed appreciation to the Institutional Development Program implementers for their hard work and support that led to the success of the IA winner.


RM Rañeses conducts field visit and site inspection of soon to be inaugurated big projects of NIA Region 9

In preparation of the upcoming inauguration of the two big projects of NIA Region 9, Regional Manager Manuel L. Rañeses inspected Lower Sibuguey I RIS Extension located in Diplahan and Lower Sibguey II RIS Extension located in Imelda, both of Zamboanga Sibugay Province. RM Raneses ensured that necessary assistance is given to Zamboanga Sibugay Irrigation Management Office headed by Acting Manager Girlie M. Detalla in order to fast tract the completion of these projects.

The said projects are set to be inaugurated in July 2021, to be graced by no other than Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya himself and other officials of the top management. The agency is as much as excited as our farmer beneficiaries as these projects will surely do great impact in the lives of our farmers and the community as a whole.

NIA Region IX turns-over Lumpanac CIS in Zamboanga Sibugay

Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay – National Irrigation Administration IX turned-over Lumpanac Communal Irrigation System (CIS) to Tiholan Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc. on May 14, 2021 at Brgy. Lumpanac, Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The project costs 7-million which consists of construction of Drainage System, Protection dike, and Slope Protection. The irrigation system gets its water source from Lumpanac Creek and is now able to distribute and supply irrigation water to about 90 hectares of agricultural land in the barangay.

The turn-over ceremony was graced by Regional Manager Manuel L. Rañeses together with Engr. Girlie M. Detalla, Acting Manager of Zamboanga Sibugay IMO, Lumpanac Brgy Chairman Hon. Paul John C. Cunting, IA Officials headed by President Monico M. Pupuri, IA members and NIA-9 personnel.

During his speech, RM Rañeses shared his insights on how to properly operate and maintain the CIS, and advised to take care of the project and to immediately repair minor damages to avoid bigger problems along the way . He added that NIA-9 will be there to offer help even if the CIS will be devolved to the LGU in the future. Moreover, Acting Manager Detalla emphasized the importance of having a strong association in order for the farmer group to thrive and prosper. She motivated the association to unite for them to reach their goals and potentials.

On the other hand, IA President Pupuri was overwhelmed being visited by the Regional Manager for the first time. The association as well as the LGU is thankful to NIA for their support in irrigation and farming. They vowed to take the challenge in improving their association so that they will be able to enjoy the benefits of the government given to well performing associations.