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.

Time to Reap What Has Been Sown

Farmers of Balago Irrigators' Association eagerly reaped what has been planted last January 2021. This April, a total of three hundred ten (310) 70-kg sacks of 222 rice variety was harvested from the 3.25-hectare farmland of an IA member located in Barangay Balogo, Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur.

Because of the sufficient supply of irrigation water delivered to their farms, the yield for this Dry Cropping Season of our farmers has significantly improved, thus producing more rice for the people of Zamboanga del Sur.


Agribusiness Seminar conducted to our Farmer Clienteles

The Labangan River Irrigation System (LABRIS) conducted an IA Agri-Business Seminar on the Proper Care and Management for High Value Crops last April 12, 2021 held at Lantian Covered Court, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. Around thirty (30) farmers from the different Irrigators Association of LABRIS attended the one (1) day seminar.

This was made possible through the collaborative effort of NIA and the Department of Agriculture IX. Resource speakers were experts from the Department of Agriculture namely Mr. Ryan John M. Corbo (Agricultural Technician 1) and Mr. Edellarie T. Jouela (Marketing Specialist).

The activity ended with the awarding of the 8 in 1 Pack Assorted Vegetable Seeds.

Inauguration and Turn-over Ceremony, Preconstruction Conference and MOA Signing of Buburay CIS

Project Profile (of Turned-over Project):

Project Name: Buburay Communal Irrigation System

Location: Buburay, Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur

Fund Source: RRRECIS 2020

Name of IA: Buburay Irrigators Association, Inc.

Service Area: 30 has (TargetArea)

No. of FBs: 35 Farmer Beneficiaries

Total Project Cost: 2,870,000.00

IDO: Mr. Jeson B. Suaren

PIC: Mr. Mark Joseph Bontia

Project Profile (MOA Signing):

Project Name: Buburay Communal Irrigation System

Location: Buburay, Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur

Fund Source: EEECIS 2021

Name of IA: Buburay Irrigators Association, Inc.

Service Area: 30 has (TargetArea)

No. of FBs: 35 Farmer Beneficiaries

Total Project Cost: 7,000,000.00

IDO: Ms. Rhea Mae F. Luspo

PIC: Mr. Mark Joseph Bontia


2021 National Women’s Month Celebration

The NIA Region 9 Regional Office joins the 2021 National Women’s Month Celebration with the theme, “Juana Laban sa Pandemya: Kaya!”. The Office has lined up activities to take part of this annual event, held on March 26, 2021 at the Function Hall of NIA Region 9 building.

The 2021 Women’s Month Celebration specifically aimed to engage women as stakeholders of government programs and services; create and facilitate platforms to discuss good practices, gaps, challenges, and commitments, in pursuing gender and development; and inspire and empower women and girls to be agents of change.

The occasion included a lecture about Women Empowerment by Ms. Jennylyn R. Cleofe, the Public Relations Officer and at the same time Chairperson, of GAD Focal Point System TWG of NIA Region 9; an online talk related to Gender Equality and Female Empowerment; film-showing; and health and wellness activity.

Apart from the pampering awarded to all female employees, they also received individual personalized tokens in order to make the occasion more memorable to all empowered women of NIA Region 9.


53IB Shares Insights on Strategic Communication

The management of NIA Region 9 invited Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera of 53rd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army to share his insights and expertise on Strategic Communication to the officials and personnel of NIA-9 Regional Office on March 10, 2021.

The talk of Lt. Col. Herrera happened prior to the conduct of the agency’s Regional Management Conference. The Guest of Honor and Speaker talked about how Strategic Communication becomes purposeful in fulfilling the mission/objectives of the organization. He explained in details the concepts and competencies that leader-communicators must practice and possess in order to effectively translate its objectives and gain strategic influence.

As a start, Lt. Col. Herrera showed a glimpse of what they do as public servants and partners in building peaceful communities in collaboration with other agencies, local government units, and non-government organizations in the province. In the course of his presentation, he also highlighted the mandate of President Duterte’s E.O. 70 Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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