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.

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.

NIA-R9 Turnover and Inaugurates Solar Pump Project to Lumayang Irrigators' Association

The newly constructed solar powered pump and concrete tank with a capacity of 40,000 liters and installation of 520 meters pipelines is now fully operational to irrigate an area of 24 hectares to benefit 58 farmers at Lumayang Irrigators' Association represented by President Teresita L. Chua.

This acitivity is spearheaded by the NIA R-IX Acting Regional Manager Engr. Salome N. Layasan, ZRSO Acting Manager Robert Berni L. Rada II, Supervising IDO Ms. Rosie Lyn Bayawa, IDS Head Ms. Leni S. Enriquez, PRO Ms. Jennylyn Cleofe, ZRSO Acting Admin. Nurlinda A. Amil, PIC Engr. Frazel S. Hassan and facilitated by the IDOs headed by Jackielyn Manalo.

Validation of Kauswagan San Vicente Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc.

The Kauswagan San Vicente Farmers Irrigators Association (KASAVIFIA) Inc. is the region’s representative for the National Search for CY2021 Most Outstanding IA under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-Irrigation Component (CARP-IC) category.

NIA-Central Office validation team compose of Engr. Delsy J. Revellame, Engr. Ricardo C. Lopez and Kyr Vincent Joseph T. Orallo conducted validation for KASAVIFIA, Inc, last June 2, 2022 at KASAVIFIA, Inc. Office, San Vicente, Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur.

The officers and board of trustees of KASAVIFIA, Inc. headed by IA President Virgelio G. Bacinillo Jr. came prepared with all their documents and records intact for the validators’ thorough assessment of their performance in the aspect of (1) Operation & Maintenance; (2) Financial; (3) Organization and Organizational Discipline; (4) Assistance Programs/Linkages and (5) Special Features.

First official visit of Department of Agriculture (DA) as NIA's new Mother Agency

The Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 9 headed by Regional Executive Director Rad Donn L. Cedeño and his team visited NIA Region 9 at Tawagan Norte, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur on May 10, 2022.


This is DA's first visit to NIA as its new mother agency. Pursuant to Executive order 168 Series of 2022 dated April 15, 2022, the National Irrigation Administration is transferred from the Office of the President (OP) to the Department of Agriculture.

RED Cedeño and his team were welcomed by the management of NIA-9 headed by Acting Regional Salome N. Layasan along with other officials and key personnel of the NIA Regional Office.


A brief overview of the agency's project implementation was presented by Manager Layasan to the DA in order for them to have a general understanding of the agency's mandate and update of the Region's current and future projects.


NIA-R9 Turns-over 14 completed irrigation projects to ZDS farmers

Fourteen (14) completed irrigation projects were turned over to 14 Irrigators Associations within Zamboanga del Sur during a Mass Turn-over Ceremony held at Chandler Suites, Pagadian City on March 29, 2022.

The activity was spearheaded by NIA-9 Zamboanga del Sur Irrigation Management Office (IMO) headed by Engr. Benedicto Isagani O. Pulis Jr. Present during the event are Acting Regional Manager Salome N. Layasan; Local Chief Executives namely Hon. Victor J. Yu, ZDS Provincial Governor, represented by Jeofe Suzon, Provincial Administrator; Hon. Avelino J. Yrauda, Municipal Mayor, Dimataling; Hon. Greg Dayondon, Municipal Mayor, Tabina; and Hon. Celso A. Matias, Municipal Mayor of Bayog, represented by Engr. Ken Yunting, Municipal Engineer; select Brgy. Chairpersons; IA Presidents, other officials and Board of Trustees of the 14 Irrigators Associations; and staff of Zamboanga del Sur IMO.

The following are the 14 completed irrigation systems turned-over to its respective farmer beneficiaries:

NIA-9 Regional Office celebrate a fun-filled yet meaningful National Women's Month

The females of NIA-9 Regional Office went out of its usual office routine to celebrate Women's Month this year, with the theme "Agenda ng Kababaihan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran".

The Regional Office has lined up activities not only to serve the female employees of NIA-9 but also the women in the field - the Women Irrigators Associations and its children (photos uploaded in another post).

Part of the celebration was a lecture about Magna Carta of Women and Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) by Atty. Kathering Grace Lumilis, the Legal Officer of NIA-9.

Health and wellness activities were also conducted which include Zumba exercise and swimming. Also, a Musika ng Kakaihan session was held wherein female employees rendered songs related to women empowerment.

This one day celebration was held on March 25, 2022 at Tambulig Spring Resort, Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur. It was participated by women leaders Acting Regional Manager Salome N. Layasan, the EOD Manager Maritez I. Soria, and Audit Team Leader Florencefane J. Arellano, together with all the female staff of NIA-9 Regional Office and COA-NIA team.


NIA inks MOA with Irrigators Associations for 5 Irrigations Projects for CY 2022

Memoranda of Agreement MOA) between the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and five (5) Irrigators Associations (IAs) were signed on March 18, 2022 at JL Hotel, Pagadian City. The MOA pertains to the construction of 5 irrigation projects in Zamboanga del Sur for CY 2022.

Prior to the MOA signing, a Pre-construction Conference was held in order to briefly explain the project profile to the concerned IAs and local government units. The total area of farmland to be irrigated for these 5 projects is 95 hectares. The following are the projects to be constructed with the respective location and new areas:

1. Carpoc-Lubosan CIP, Lapuyan, ZDS – 30 hectares

2. Lunib SIP, Vicenzo Sagun, ZDS – 20 hectares

3. Linoguayan SIP, Vicenzo Sagun, ZDS – 15 hectares

4. Guinlin SIP, Vicenzo Sagun, ZDS – 20 hectares

5. Lacupayan SIP, Tigbao, ZDS – 10 hectares

NIA-R9 engaged in Fire Safety Awareness

March 18, 2022 | In observance of the month of March as the Fire Prevention Month with the Theme: “Sa Pag-Iwas sa Sunog Hindi ka Nag-Iisa”, NIA-R9 invited the Bureau of Fire Protection R9 Pagadian City Central Fire Station headed by Acting City Fire Marshal, SINSP Jasmin S. Tanog to conduct a Fire Safety Awareness Lecture and Fire Drill. The short lecture followed by a fire drill informs and spreads awareness on basic fire safety skills.

Practice fire safety.

Fire safety is an everyday job.


NIA partners with RPD Consulting Inc. in the preservation and protection of Irrigation Water Resources

The Zamboanga del Sur Irrigation Management Office (IMO) in partnership with RPD Consulting Inc. conducted two (2) batches of

Planning Workshop for the Formulation of the Irrigation Water Resources Management Plan - for Salug River Irrigation System (SARIS) and Labangan River Irrigation System (LABRIS), held on March 16, and March 17, 2022, respectively.

The ultimate goal of the activity is for the agency to devise a concrete plan in order to preserve and protect the irrigation water resources under the National Irrigation Systems (NIS) of NIA Region 9.

The team of RPD Consulting Inc. headed by Mr. John Gibert Gopez, Vice President for Technical Operations, shared their expertise in data gathering and vision formulation through Focus Group Discussion in preparation for major projects.

The workshop specifically aimed to formulate an Irrigation Water Resource Management Plan (IWRMP) for the rehabilitation, protection, and management of LABRIS and SARIS to minimize soil erosion and sedimentation affecting the lifespan, efficiency, and serviceability of the irrigation systems.


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