NIA-9 conducts GFPS and Gender Mainstreaming Orientation

20 participants composed of reconstituted GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) Committee and select employees of NIA-9 Regional Office attended the GFPS and Gender Mainstreaming Orientation conducted last December 15, 2020 at NIA Region 9 Function Hall, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. The seminar was aimed at introducing Gender Mainstreaming to the reconstituted GFPS.

Psychologist Maria Teresa A. Empleo, RPm, RPsy, who served as the Resource Speaker during the seminar was a former employee of NIA-9 -Regional Office and the previous Gender and Development (GAD) TWG Chairperson of the Region. During the seminar, the GFPS committee were oriented of their roles and functions to lead in mainstreaming gender perspective in the agency's policies, plans, and programs.

In the process, the GFPS Committee shall ensure the assessment of the GAD responsive structures, policies, and programs of the agency base.


NIA R9 turns over P13-million Lapayan Baja CIS to Silalela IA, Inc.

Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte - National Irrigation Administration Region 9 turned over Lapayan Baja Communal Irrigation System (Lapayan Baja CIS) to Silalela Irrigators Association Inc. on December 14, 2020 at Brgy Silawe, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte.

Lapayan Baja CIS was supervised by Zamboanga del Norte Regional Sub-Office (ZDNRSO) headed by Acting Manager Wilson N. Cabrales. It has a service area of 187 hectares and can benefit 361 farmer-beneficiaries. The diversion dam covers four barangays - Lapayan Baja, Silawe, Letapan, and Labrador, all within the municipality of Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte. The project was successfully completed in accordance with the approved plans and specifications, with a total project cost of P13.1-million under Repair CIS CY 2020 fund.

Among the Guests of Honors present during the ceremony were NIA R9 Regional Manager Manuel L. Rañeses; Hon. Alfredo S. Bait-it, Acting Municipal Mayor; Hon. Limmuel P. Escuadro, Brgy. Captain of Lapayan Bajo; Mr. Edgar M. Agayan, Municipal Agriculturist and; IA President Martin Pulmaran together with other Silalela IA, Inc. officials and members.

Inauguration & Turnover Ceremony of Seguinan Bunguiao CIS Extension


The National Irrigation Administration ZAMBASULTA RSO successfully turned over the completed irrigation facilities to the Bunguiao Compania & Seguinan Irrigators’ Association. SEGUINAN BUNGUIAO Communal Irrigation System Extension funded under Extension/Expansion of Existing Irrigation System (EEEIS) CY2020 implemented thru force account works via community based participation.

The project started on July 12,2020 and completed on October 23, 2020 for the construction of intake structure, canalization and canal lining. Through this project, sufficient amount of water can now irrigate to the farmers' respective rice fields contributing to agricultural productivity.

The activity was spearheaded by ZAMBASULTA RSO Acting Manager Engr. Robert Berni L. Rada II and facilitated by IDS Head Leni S. Enriquez & IDU team together with the Project-in-Charge Engr. Joselito T. Falcasantos.

NIA Turned over the first Solar Pump Irrigation Project in Zamboanga City

The NIA ZAMBASULTA RSO IX proudly turned over to the Irrigators' Association of Mercedes, Cabaluay, Culianan & Talabaan - the innovative methodology of irrigation. This solar powered pump irrigation project for MERCEDES II SIP CY2020 amounted to PhP5.0 Million which was initiated by Zamboanga City District II Congressman Honorable Manuel Jose "Mannix" Dalipe together with the supervision of NIA ZAMBASULTA Acting Manager Engr. Robert Berni L. Rada II.

This solar powered centrifugal pump is designed to irrigated around 5 hectares of agricultural land considering Mercedes as the largest rice granary of Zamboanga City.

Turn-over and inauguration of project was held at the project site located at Brgy. Cabaluay with the leadership of Engr. Robert Berni L. Rada II, Acting Manager for ZRSO and facilitated by IDU Team headed by IDS Head Leni S. Enriquez together with the Project-in-Charge Engr. Frazel S. Hassan.

NIA turned over first project for Mangga Bunguiao CIS


The first project for Mangga Bunguiao Communal Irrigation System finally turned over to the Mangga Bunguiao (MB) Irrigators’ Association. The project was undertaken thru force account works (FAW) under the fund source Repair-CIS CY2020.

The implementation of project started on June 8,2020 and was completed on October 8, 2020 with the construction of 725 meters canalization (canal lining) & canal Structure.

NIA turned-over to Mangga Bunguiao (MB) Irrigators' Association for the proper operation and maintenance of the system. Moreover, the IA enthusiastically accepted the responsibility given to them by NIA benefiting 30 farmer beneficiaries to a total of 23 hectares serviceable area.

The event was lead by the ZAMBASULTA RSO Acting Manager Engr. Robert Berni L. Rada II, facilitated by IDU Team headed by IDS Head Leni S. Enriquez together with the Project-in-Charge Engr. Joselito T. Falcasantos.

DA USEC Zamzamin Ampatuan visits NIA Region 9


Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary for Regulations Zamzamin L. Ampatuan together with DA Regional Executive Director Rad Donn Cedenio and party visited NIA Region 9 on October 21, 2020 (Wednesday), just in time of the arrival of incoming NIA R9 Regional Manager Manuel L. Rañeses.

As one of DA's partner agencies, USEC Ampatuan shared his visions and plans for this region and hoped for a more strengthened partnership between the two (2) agencies for the benefit of all farmers and Irrigations Associations in Zamboanga Peninsula.


NIA Joint Leadership Turnover Ceremony


Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – NIA Region 9 took part in the Joint Leadership Turnover Ceremony held on October 14, 2020 thru virtual ceremony with NIA Administrator Gen Ricardo R Visaya (Ret) as presiding officer.

The principals of the said ceremony were Engr. Rory F. Avance, Regional Manager of NIA Region 9; Engr. Manuel L. Rañeses, Regional Manager of NIA Region 8; Engr. Jonel B. Borres, Officer-In-Charge of Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project II, and Engr. Ruby C. Tuan, Jr., Engineering and Operations Division Manager or NIA Region 13.

NIA Region 9 will be gaining Engr. Manuel L. Rañeses as their new Regional Manager. He served one year and four months as Regional Manager of NIA Region 8. During his acceptance speech which was delivered online, he expressed his gratitude and enthusiasm for giving him the opportunity to lead NIA Region 9, and humbly asked for the support and commitment of his future staff.

Inauguration & Turn-over Ceremony Of Limpapa SIP CY 2019

In spite being impacted by the pandemic, challenges have been managed on the observance of the new normal.

Today, NIA R9 ZAMBASULTA RSO successfully inaugurated and turned-over the constructed intake structure, ground level reservoir and pipe laying at LIMPAPA SIP.

The ceremony was lead by the ZRSO Acting Manager Engr. Robert Berni L. Rada II with the support of the IDS Head Leni S. Enriquez, PIC Joselito T. Falcasantos, IDO Jameson B. Atilano. Joined by the Officials/BOTs & members of Limpapa HVC Farmers Irrigators' Association and Barangay Limpapa Officials and staff.

Amongst the guests were Hon. Halima J.Apalad (Limpapa Brgy. Chairman, Mr. Nasser J. Abdulla (IA President), Hon. Elorde Amalan (Brgy. Kagawad) and Mr. Vie Jay M. Eullaran (Office of the City Agriculture Representative).

As quoted by Engr. Rada, "that upon his assumption at the office of ZAMBASULTA RSO, this is his first completed project in which he was hands on from the start of the project."

Engr. Rory F. Avance is the new Regional Manager of NIA Region 9

Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region IX has a new regional manager in the person of Engr. Rory F. Avance who officially assumed office on November 14, 2019 in a turnover ceremony held at NIA Regional Office IX Covered Court, this municipality.

The turnover of regional leadership from Engr. Mario H. Sande to the new regional manager was presided by NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya (Ret). Other top officials from NIA Central Office also attended the said turnover including Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance, MGen Romeo G Gan, head of the Inspection and Assessment Team (IAT), PBGen Asher M. Dolina, Security and Management Consultant for Western Mindanao, Gen. Mayoralgo dela Cruz and visitors from NIA Region 12.


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