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Another Win for Region IX

June 22, 2022, in NIA Central Office -The Kauswagan San Vicente Farmers Irrigators' Association, Inc. (KASAVIFIA, Inc) gladly received its Plaque of Recognition and Fifty thousand pesos (50,000.00) cash prize for bagging the 2nd place during the Search for CY 2021 Most Outstanding CARP-IC Irrigators' Association.

The award was received by the KASAVIFIA, Inc. Officers, IA President Virgilio G. Bacinillo Jr., IA Secretary Evelyn T. Abrasaldo, and IA Bookkeeper Joseph L. Ruben, together with NIA Region IX select personnel headed by Acting Regional Manager Engr. Salome N. Layasan, Zamboanga del Sur IMO Manager Engr. Benedicto Isagani O. Pulis Jr., Region IX CARP-IC Monitor Julita A. Villaganas, Supervising IDO Ann N. Maligro, and IDO Harold T. Novabos.

ARIBA KASAVIFIA! Congratulations!

 

NIA-R9 Turnover Doña Josefina Communal Irrigation Project to Irrigators' Association

Doña Josefina CIP is a CARP - IC Project of CY 2021 with a total allocation of Php 5,150,000.00 for the Construction of Conventional Intake, Canal Lining, Canal Structures and other appurtenances. This irrigation project caters an irrigable area of 30 hectares with 20 farmers beneficiaries.

The Doña Josefina Irrigators Association Inc. thru IA President Mr. Abing, gave its sincere gratitude to the agency for the realization of irrigation project in the area.

The activity was participated by NIA Region IX Acting Regional Manager, Engr. Salome N. Layasan together with ZDSIMO Engineering Section Chief Engr. Rey M. Pinatacan, NIA R9 Management Specialists, DAR Personnels, Representatives from the Office of Tabina Municipal Mayor, Project-In-Charge and Institutional Development Officers.

NIA-R9 renders courtesy visit to WESTMINCOM

NIA-R9 Acting Regional Manager Salome N. Layasan together with ZAMBASULTA Regional Office Acting Manager Robert Berni L. Rada II and other key personnel of NIA-9, rendered a courtesy visit on Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) Commander Lieutenant General Alfredo Rosario Jr. on June 14, 2022 at Western Mindanao Command, Zamboanga City.

On behalf of Lt. Gen. Rosario who was out of town during the visit, the team of NIA-9 was received by the Chief of the Unified Staff, Col. Elmer B. Suderio, and other senior officers of the Command. RM Layasan expressed her heartfelt appreciation for the warmest welcome given to them during the visit.

They have discussed about the present and proposed irrigation projects within Westmincom area, and the impact of the AFP before, during, and after the implementation of the Agency's projects. And ultimately, how NIA and AFP's partnership alleviate the lives of the local farmers in Western Mindanao.

In behalf of the agency, RM Layasan expressed her utmost gratefulness to the military for their unending support to NIA in fulfilling its mandate through the security and assistance they provide especially in the implementation of irrigation projects in Zamboanga and the islands of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

The Command on the other hand, guaranteed their commitment to a continuous and more strengthened partnership between the military and government agencies as they accomplish a their mission through whole-of-the-nation approach.

NIA-R9 proposes for Olutanga Island NIP to serve farmers in Zamboanga Sibugay

In line with the agency’s commitment to provide efficient, effective, and sustainable irrigation services, the National Irrigation Administration, Zamboanga Sibugay Irrigation Management Office (ZSIMO) of Region 9 proposes for the Olutanga Island National Irrigation Project (NIP) Feasibility Study.

Hence, a Joint Coordination Meeting between the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Local Government Unit (LGU), and Department of Agriculture (DA) for the Proposed Olutanga Island NIP Pre-Feasibility Study was conducted on June 13, 2022 at the Talusan Training Center, Poblacion, Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The proposed Olutanga NIP has a total potential area of 2,790 hectares. 1,690 hectares of which are rice land, while 1,100 hectares are High Value Crops and other Diversified Products. The Olutanga Island NIP will cover three (3) municipalities namely Mabuhay, Talusan, and Olutanga, Zamboanga Sibugay, covering 51 barangays, with a potential 2,035 farmer beneficiaries.

Present during the meeting are the management and other officials of the NIA-9 Regional Office headed by Acting Manager Salome N. Layasan, and the management and technical staff of NIA -9 Zamboanga Sibugay IMO headed by Engr. Girlie M. Detalla. Also present are the different Local Government Officials of the three municipalities mentioned, and also representatives from the Department of Agriculture.

During the meeting, NIA discussed the details and works incorporated in the project. All the participating institutions were given the opportunity to give their message as well as to raise questions and concerns which were all addressed and properly responded before the meeting ended.

At the end, the NIA, DA, and LGUs all committed to give their effort, support, and assistance to complete the Pre-Feasibility Study of Oluntanga NIP so as to proceed to the next steps until its full implementation.

The proposed Olutanga NIP will not just aide the farmers in their irrigation needs, but it will also result to higher yield in the Island’s rice and high-valued and diversified crops production. Thus, boosting the economy not only of the Olutanga Island, but of the Zamboanga Sibugay province as a whole.

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