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NIA Region IX turns over Talinga SIP in Zamboanga del Norte

Sindangan, ZDN – The National Irrigation Administration IX turned over Talinga Small Irrigation Project (SIP) to Ingin Irrigators’ Association, Inc. on February 24, 2021 at Brgy Maras, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

This project was originally implemented in 2014 in two packages: Package 1 which covers diversion works and Package 2 for canalization and canal structure funder under SIP 2014 amounting to 60 million. Sometime in 2017, the project was terminated by default of the contractor. On 2018, it was continued through Admin Works and was fully completed on August 2020 through a 20-million support from 2020 SIP Buffer Fund. Because of the cooperation and unity of members, coupled with persistence and transparency shown by officers, Talinga SIP was successfully completed. Soon, it will be fully operational irrigating 90 hectares of agricultural land in Zamboanga del Norte.

The inauguration and turn-over ceremony of Talinga SIP was graced by Regional Manager Manuel Rañeses together with Engr. Wilson Cabrales, Acting Manager of Zamboanga del Norte IMO; Representatives from the Local Government Unit of Zamboanga del Norte and the Municipal Agriculture; IA Officials headed by President Elma Bagsican, BOT and IA members; and NIA-9 personnel.

Regional Manager Rañeses expressed his gratitude to the Local Government Unit for its unending support to the Agency in achieving its purpose of uplifting the lives of our farmers. He also motivated the members of Ingin Irrigators Association, Inc. to not only accept the project but to truly take care of it as their own.


Linduman SIP in Zamboanga City 95% complete

Linduman Small Irrigation Project located in Brgy. Linduman, Zamboanga City is by far 95.41% complete as of April 26, 2021. The scopeof the project includes construction of intake structure, ground level reservoir and pipe laying, which is expected to be fully operational by July 2021.

Linduman SIP is being implemented by ZAMBASULTA Regional Sub-Office, under the supervision of Acting Manager Robert Berni L. Rada II and monitoring of NIA-9 Regional Manager Manuel L. Rañeses.

This irrigation system will irrigate 30 hectares of agricultural land that will benefit more or less 15 farmer beneficiaries in the said barangay. The implementation of this project is in line with the objective of the agency to develop and maintain irrigation systems in support to the agricultural program of the government.


Zamboanga Sibugay IA Adopts Crop Diversification

The Labrador-Timualag-Katurog Irrigators Association of Zamboanga Sibugay displays their diversified crops for Dry Season 2021 which include 0.25 hectares of Eggplant, 0.125 hectares of Pechay, and 0.50 hectares of Spring Onions.

The IA has adopted crop diversification as a strategy to promote and hasten agricultural developments. This strategy helps them attain their goal of increasing productivity and farm income notwithstanding the benefit of environmental conservation.


Soon to be Operational Lower Sibuguey II RIS Extention

Lower Sibuguey II River Irrigation System (RIS) Extension is already 61.84% accomplished as of April 20, 2021. The construction of the project comprise of fabrication, supply, delivery and installation of barrage gates which is projected to be completed by July 2021.

Lower Sibuguey II RIS Extension is under the direct the supervision of Zamboanga Sibugay Irrigation Management Office headed by Acting Manager Girlie Detalla. It has a total project cost of 31.8 million under Line Projects CY 2017 Fund Source. It is being undertaken by Wassecon Corporation, with Engr. Elvin Belleza as the Project In Charge.

On April 19, 2021, Regional Manager Manuel Rañeses personally inspected the project and met with the contractor in order to provide necessary support so as to fast tract the completion of the said project.

The management ensured that this project be operational the soonest possible time. The construction of this dam will surely irrigate more farmlands in Zamboanga Sibugay, thus producing more rice for the people and improving the life of our farmers.