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NIA-R9 joins the Virtual Mass Marketing Agreement Signing for the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) Program

NIA-Regional Irrigation Office IX Acting Regional Manager Engr. Salome N. Layasan, EOD Manager Engr. Maritez I. Soria, AFD Manager Albine Dave V. Jubilado, and SIDO Rosie Lyn R. Bayawa lead the EPAHP Region IX Marketing Agreement Mass Signing held at Function Hall, NIA Building, Labangan, ZDS today, February 24, 2022. In full support (via online teleconferencing) were the NIA Administrator Gen Ricardo R Visaya (Ret) and Institutional Development Division Manager Leo L. Gallego from the NIA Central Office. Field Office Managers and IDS Heads were also present to support their respective Irrigators Association.

EPAHP is a government’s initiative to mitigate hunger and ensure food and nutrition security. The program objectives can be achieved by assisting the different Irrigators Associations in establishing linkages with the potential partners to market their farm produce.

In this year’s EPAHP implementation, NIA Region IX was able to link seven (7) Relevant Interested Parties (RIPs) as partner agencies tied up with eleven (11) Irrigators Associations, to wit:

1.Lumayang IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Teresita L. Chua in partnership with ZAMBASULTA NIAEASP rep by Nurlinda A. Amil

(Product: Virgin Coconut Oil)

2-4. Jolipaman IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Josephine A. Dumencil, Silvestre Cabral IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Nivard S. De Guzman, and Simasfrati IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Wilfredo Q. Ucab, Jr., all three (3) are in partnership with LGU Siocon, ZDN rep. by Mayor Julius S. Lobrigas, herein rep by Mun Admin. Henry Mark T. Casocot

(Product :Rice)

5. Tukuran IA, Inc. rep. by Pres. Eduardo M. Salon in partnership with MAMIDUTAGI Federation rep by Pres Jorge M. Andam (Product: Sardines)

6. Labrador Timualag Katurog IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Geronimo C. Alterado

in partnership with Poblacion Buug Public Market Vendors Asspciation rep by Pres. Allan T. Lara

(Product: Vegetables)

7-9. Lateral A3 IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Isagani A. Lodovice, Risibi FIA, Inc. rep by Pres. Wilson B. Almenio and Ridam IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Loreto G. Nigus, all three (3) are in partnership with Labangan Pagadian Farmers IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Alonto L. Marcaban

(Product :Vegetables)

10. TABAFIA rep by Pres. Tito G. Brit, herein rep by VPres. Pableo E. Sumaoy in partnership with Emmie's Grocery rep by the Owner, Nemesia F. Moneza

(Product: Herbal Tea)

11. Maunlad na Sakahan IA, Inc. rep by Pres. Clauden L. Dela Cruz in partnership with Toronro Venture Inc. Research Development Phil. rep by CR Officer Ronald C. Asignacion

(Product: Rice)

The ceremony was graced by no less than the IATF Chairperson for Zero Hunger, Cabinet Secretary, Acting Presidential Spokesperson Hon. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles. In his message, he applauded the region for its remarkable progress in the implementation of EPAPH programs which helped the lives of many farmers and commended the conduct of this marketing agreement mass signing which will assure that farmers' products will be properly disposed in the market.

In closing, Mohammad Binzale A. Hashim, DSWD EPAHP Reg’l. Program Coordinator congratulated NIA IX for organizing this MA mass signing. He added that it's the 1st time he attended an EPAPH event like this and hoped for more in the future.

Together we fight, together we win!



January 13, 2022 | The National Irrigation Administration Region IX ZAMBASULTA Regional Sub-Office inaugurates and turn-over the completed project of Linduman Small Irrigation Project located at Sitio Linduman, Barangay Vitali, Zamboanga City under CY2020 fund with an allocation of 34 Million. The project programmed one intake structure located at Sapa Grande and ten (10) ground level reservoirs including installation of six (6) inches diameter HDPE pipe with a distance of 9,305 linear meters from the intake. Its total irrigable area is 60 hectares that could irrigate high valued crops and rice crops which benefit a total of fifteen (15) farmers.

The ceremony was spearheaded by the Acting Regional Manager Engr. Salome N. Layasan and Acting Manager of ZAMBASULTA RSO Engr. Robert Berni L. Rada II, facilitated by the IDS Head Ms. Leni S. Enriquez, the Project-in-Charge Engr. Boncarl C. Largo, the Construction Head Engr. Sandra T. Tero, the IDO Mr. Alfredzmar M. Isnani and witnessed by the Supervising Institutional Development Officer Ms. Rosielyn R. Bayawa, PRO Ms. Jennylyn R. Cliofe. Also gracing the event were special guests from the Local Government Unit, the ever supportive District II Congressman Honorable Manuel Jose “Mannix” Dalipe, Honorable Councilor John Dalipe, Honorable Councilor Mel Sadain, Barangay Vitali Councilor Honorable Wilfredo Pajarito, LGU representatives, Linduman Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc. Boards and members represented by their hard working President Rosario “Chayong” I. Santiago and COA representative Ms. Shirley Manzon.

During the acceptance speech of IA President Rosario I. Santiago, she emotionally expressed her thanks in behalf of their association to NIA and the Lord for granting their dream to come true, for the realization of their desire to have water supply during dry season with the help of Engr. Pablito F. Bayawa and Ms. Leni S. Enriquez.

The Acting Regional Manager Engr. Salome N. Layasan thanked the Congress Representative for always being there with NIA, to the LGU, the Mayor and the field implementors. She also congratulates the Linduman Farmers Irrigators Association as well as the field implementors and staff. Also mentioned from her speech were her requests for the continuous guidance and help from the LGU to NIA as well as to the Irrigators Association, for the Irrigators Association to take care of the irrigation systems, and lastly to plant trees at the water shed dam area to maintain and add more water supply to our irrigation systems because all of us will be blessed with this.

Meanwhile, the message of Honorable John Dalipe is for the Linduman Farmers Irrigators Association to take good care of the project because 64,000 liters of water is a big help to the farmers with their high valued crops and rice plantation. Lastly, Honorable Manuel Jose “Mannix” Dalipe expressed his full support to NIA and to the farmers of Zamboanga City.


Rice Farming Experience

For a day, NIA-9 personnel get to experience the life of a rice farmer -- knee-deep in a paddy, woven hats as shield on heads, and raking mud through water.

Acting Regional Manager Salome Naragas Layasan of NIA-9 initiated the Rice Planting Activity to give honor to the local farmers and to give its personnel the opportunity to understand better their work in NIA and the experiences of their clients.

The activity was held on January 12, 2022 at Tawagan Norte, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, and was participated by the NIA-9 Regional Office and Zamboanga del Sur IMO management, section/units heads, and select staff.


NIA-R9 Welcomes 2022 with Synergy, Sustainability, and Security

The National Irrigation Administration welcomes Year 2022 with the theme “Synergy. Sustainability. Security.” in an Ushering activity held simultaneously in all NIA Offices nationwide on January 05, 2022.

For this year, the NIA Water Accent Wall was chosen to symbolize the theme. The waterfall adheres to the Year of the Water Tiger which symbolizes strength, power, inspiration, and respect. Similarly, it signifies open-mindedness and inclination towards new ideas and experiences.

All NIA Region 9 Offices in Zamboanga Peninsula joined the Agency in this yearly activity with joy and hope for the coming year. Each employee wrote their names on the stones which form part of the Waterfall structure. These stones reflect the synergy among the Agency’s human resources.

In lieu of the Regional Manager Salome N. Layasan, who attended the New Year’s Call at NIA Central Office, Engr. Maritez I. Soria, Division Manager for Engineering and Operations, graced the activity with her New Year’s Message. During her speech, she encouraged all NIA-9 Regional Office employees to work hand-in-hand to achieve more accomplishments in order for Region 9 to contribute to the attainment of food security and agricultural growth of the country.