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2 Outstanding IAs of Region 9 awarded as National Rice Achievers

Two (2) Irrigators Association of Zamboanga Peninsula officially received the award as 2019 National Rice Achievers in an Awarding Ceremony led by Agriculture Secretary William Dar on February 26, 2021 held at Zamboanga del Norte Cultural and Sports Center, Dipolog City.

The Evergreen Malamboon Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc headed by IA President Nestor Agada was among the five (5) winners of Rice Achievers in the National Irrigation System (NIS) category. Meanwhile, the Azusano Irrigators Association headed by IA President Felix A. Sultan was awarded as one of the five (5) national Rice Achievers under the Communal Irrigation System. Each of the outstanding IAs received One Million Pesos reward as support to their respective associations.

Apart from the award, the said Irrigators Associations received the full support of the agency as they were accompanied by NIA Region IX management headed by Regional Manager Manuel L. Rañeses to witness the momentous event.

The awarding of Rice Achievers is held annually by the Department of Agriculture to recognize the efforts of top rice producers in the country. It is also one way to motivate and show appreciation to institutions, groups, and individuals for their great significant contributions in providing Filipinos quality and affordable rice.

 

NIA Region IX Turns Over another Solar Irrigation Project in Zamboanga City

Buenavista, Zamboanga City – The National Irrigation Administration Region IX turned over Buenavista CIS to Km 57 Buenavista Lower Irrigators’ Association on March 01, 2021 at Barangay Buenavista, Zamboanga City. This project is the 6th solar powered irrigation system in Zamboanga City which gives hope to eight (rain-dependent farmer beneficiaries as they will now be having a reliable and sustainable water supply which will irrigate their five (5) hectares of agricultural land.

This project was inspired by the five (5) other existing solar irrigation systems of Zamboanga City initiated by Congressman Manuel Jose “Mannix” Dalipe – Zamboanga City 2nd District Representative, as part of his community development projects. The Solar Project Irrigation System of Buenavista CIS is one of the Climate Change Adaptation Projects of NIA Region IX under the leadership of Regional Manager Manuel L. Rañeses. It is programmed under Repair Groundwater Pump Irrigation Systems (GPIS) 2020 with a total project cost of P 6.5-million which covers the construction of reinforced concrete tank, installation of solar water pump, pipelines, CCTV, and perimeter fence. The project was completed under the supervision of ZAMBASULTA Regional Office headed by Acting Manager Bernie L. Rada II with ASAP General Trading Construction Maintenance as the contractor.

The successful Inauguration and Turn-over Ceremony of Buenavista CIS was graced by Regional Manager Manuel Rañeses himself together with Engr. Robert Bernie Rada - Acting Manager of ZAMBASULTA RSO, Congressman Manuel Dalipe - who strongly supports NIA on all its projects, Councilor John Dalipe, Councilor Miguel Alavar III - Chairman on the Committee of Agriculture, Barangay Chairman Eugene Jumawan, IA officials headed by President Ricardo Francisco, BOT and IA members, and NIA Region IX 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 Km 57 Buenavista Lower IA to not only accept the project but to truly take care of it as their own. Congressman Dalipe on the other hand, conveyed how proud he is for this project as it will help support food security, thus helping our country rise back again in a post pandemic scenario.

NIA R9 turns over P18-million Baking SIP to Baking IA, Inc.

 

Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur – National Irrigation Administration Region 9 turned over Baking Small Irrigation Project (Baking SIP) to Baking Irrigators’ Association, Inc on February 18, 2021.

The project is located in Barangay Baking, Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur. The construction was supervised by Zamboanga del Sur Irrigation Management Office (ZDS IMO) headed by Acting Manager Maritez I. Soria, and was successfully completed in accordance with the approved plans and specification.

Present during the turnover ceremony were ZDS IMO Institutional Section Head, Ms. Ann Maligro together with her Institutional Development Officers; Engr. Ruel Huwisca, Municipal Agricultural Officer; and Barangay Chairman, also IA President Hon. Rolando A. Langas, among others.

The completion of this 18-million Baking SIP fulfills the hope of 45 farmer-beneficiaries to have dependable irrigation water supply. The project can now irrigate 70 hectares of farmland in the municipality of Lakewood.

 

Baloboan Sector Organized

Dumalinao, ZDS – The Institutional Development Unit of Zamboanga del Sur IMO headed by Ms. Ann Maligro successfully organized Baloboan Sector on January 23, 2021. This sector will serve as an extension of Balocan IA, Inc and will consequently take-over the future irrigation system in Brgy Baloboan, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.

This proposed project named Canunan-Balongating CIS Extension has a total project cost of Php 10M under Triple – E IS (Expansion and Extension of Existing Irrigation System) CY 2021 fund source. Through this project, an additional 40 hectares of newly generated area will supplement the existing 317-hectare Canunan-Balongating CIS, therefore benefitting more farmer beneficiaries in the area.

The meeting was attended by officers and Board of Trustees (BOTs) of BaloCan IA, Inc, Punong Barangay Hon. Jonie Leyson together with his councilor, the Municipal Agriculturist, land owners, and future water users. It was a successful organizational meeting as the officers and members of the IA, as well as future end-users of the system vouch to give their full support for the implementation of the project, and even extended their heartfelt gratitude to NIA for the continuous service despite the hurdles brought about by the pandemic.

 

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