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New NIA-R9 Office Building Inaugurated

NIA Region IX – NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, together with NIA-Region IX Acting Regional Manager Salome N. Layasan, led the inauguration of the New NIA-Region IX Office Building located at Regional Center, Balintawak, Pagadian City on June 30, 2022.

The 6,107.82 square meters donated lot by the Pagadian City Government, headed by Mayor Samuel S. Co, will rise the new home of NIA-Region IX. Once completed, the three-storey with roof deck Administrative Building, with a total floor area of 966 sqm, will accommodate the transfer of regional office personnel from Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur. Aside from its Administrative Building, the new regional office complex will have a three-storey Guest House and 442-square-meter Covered Court. The project has a total project cost of P150.173 million.

Executive Order (EO) 429 was signed in 1990 reorganizing the administrative regions of Mindanao and designated Pagadian City as the regional government center and Zamboanga City as the commercial and industrial center of Zamboanga Peninsula to ensure the effective delivery of the field services of government employees. Pursuant to EO 429, Memorandum Circular 75 was inked in 2004, directing the transfer of all regional offices from Zamboanga City to Pagadian City, except the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment, and Department of Tourism.

Administrator Visaya expressed his gratitude to the Pagadian City Government for their donation that enabled the start of this project. He then reminded all the employees to do more with their roles and responsibilities as public servants as they have now a new and better working place.

Also present in the event were representative to Pagadian City Mayor, Councilor Priscilla M. Fernandez, representative to Department of Agriculture Regional Executive Director Rad Donn Cedeño, Ferdinand D. Gamorot, Regional Federation Irrigators Association President Alonto L. Marcaban, Engr. Nelly Sisona, NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff Department Manager Eden Victoria C. Selva, Acting Division Manager Sharilyn A. Bluza, and other officials and personnel of NIA Region IX.

NIA-R9 Inaugurates 1st Solar Pump Irrigation in Zamboanga del Norte

June 24, 2022 | The NIA-Zamboanga del Norte Regional Sub-Office Region-IX inaugurates and turn-over the first completed innovative Solar Pump Irrigation Project in Zamboanga del Norte to the beneficiaries of Samahang Magsasaka ng Malugas Irrigators Association with a total amount of Php6,800,000.00.

The newly accomplished Malugas Solar Pump Irrigation Project located at Brgy. Malugas, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte was composed of two (2) units pump house with reservoir, four (4) units surface type solar pump, one (1) unit solar submersible pump and 285meters canalization which is now fully operational to irrigate the 42 hectares with 38 farmers beneficiaries of Samahang Magsasaka ng Malugas IA headed by IA President Mr. Virginio D. Mawile. This ceremony was graced by the Acting Manager of NIA-ZDNRSO Engr. Wilson Cabarales, together with him were the NIA-Reg9 Supervising IDO Ms. Rosie Lyn Bayawa, NIA-ZDNRSO Engineering Unit Head Engr. Rex Armentia, NIA-ZDNRSO IDS Head Mr. Dionisio Solutorio. The said activity was made successfully through the effort and supervision of Project In-charge Jessreel Intic and IDO Vincent Caboverde, and all BOTs and Officers of Samahang Magsasaka ng Malugas IA.

The beneficiaries of the project expressed their heartfelt gratitude as 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 farmers.

Turnover of 1M worth of Project to Nilabo-Longonan Irrigators’ Association

June 16, 2022 | The National Irrigation Administration Region IX- Zamboanga del Norte Regional Sub-Office successfully turned-over the P1 Million worth project to the recipients of Nilabo-Longonan Irrigators' Associations (IA).

This turn-over ceremony was done in a simple celebration following the safety protocols in the area. The inauguration was graced by Acting Manager Engr. Wilson N. Cabrales and was attended by the IA officials headed by its IA President Anita A. Villarosa, OIC-MAO Jordan Egay, District I Congressional Office represented by Hon. Melvin Ondong and NIA Supervising IDO- Mr. Dionisio C. Solutorio, NIA-Engineering Unit Head Engr. Rex Armentia, NIA- PIC Engr. Benjamine Biolango, NIA-IDO Glendie Tacuyan together with the other NIA employees.

This completed project includes dam desiltation and repair of canalizations of La Esperanza Communal Irrigation System

The successful activity were part of the series of project turn-overs scheduled for this CY 2022.


NIA-R9 pays courtesy visit to Tawi-Tawi Provincial Governor

The National Irrigation Administration Region 9 headed by Acting Regional Manager Salome N. Layasan together with her Division Manager for Engineering and Operations, Maritez I. Soria; ZAMBASULTA Regional Sub-office Manager Robert Berni L. Rada II,' and other key officers of NIA-9 paid a courtesy call to the Governor of Tawi-Tawi Province – Hon. Yshmael I. Sali at Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on June 15, 2022.

NIA-9 was welcomed by the Provincial Administrator of Tawi-Tawi, Mr. Mobin N. Gampal, on behalf of the Provincial Governor who was on another engagement.

During the meeting, ZAMBASULTA Manager Rada presented a brief information pertaining to NIA’s irrigation projects in the province.

Administrator Gampal delivered the message of the Governor and expressed his enthusiasm to national projects given to them such as NIA’s. He also explained the traditional practices and perceptions of the people of Tawi-Tawi that gave the agency a better insight in implementing its projects more effectively.

The session ended with hopes to a more strengthened partnership with the local government in providing sustainable and inclusive development in the Province of Tawi-Tawi.