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:


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.

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.

Inauguration and Turn-Over of Binuangan Small Irrigation Project at Barangay Binuangan, Isabela City, Basilan

December 28, 2021 | The successful project inauguration and turn-over of Binuangan SIP under CY2020 allocation was spearheaded by ZRSO's Acting Manager Robert Berni L. Rada II and assisted by Institutional Developement Officer Mr. Jameson B. Atilano.

Gracing the ceremony are NIA R-IX's Acting Regional Manager Engr. Salome N. Layasan, Management Specialist Gen. Mayoralgo M. Dela Cruz (Ret) AFP, Acting Division Manager for Engineering and Operations Engr. Maritez I. Soria, Head for Engineering Section Engr. Joel G. Janiola, Basilan Governor representative Ms. Minsara A. Muarip, Binuangan Barangay Chairman Honorable Rigoberto E. Demco and Jermahar Construction & Supply representative Engr. Mahiruddin K. Emlan.

The 7.0 Million worth of constructed intake, canalization and canal structure was duly accepted by Binuangan Agro Irrigators Association represented by their President Ms. Aurora T. Dela Serna.

Witnessed the ceremony were Acting Admin. Officer Nurlinda A. Amil, Planning Head Engr. Yves Ron C. Ipac, PIC Engr. Climbros C. Tabilon, Jr., Binuangan Agro Irrigators Association officers & members and Barangay Binuangan Council representatives.

NIA Region IX welcomes its new and first female Regional Manager - Engr. Salome Naragas Layasan

NIA-9 welcomes its new Regional Manager, Engr. Salome N. Layasan, who arrived at the Region on December 9, 2021 together with select officials & staff from Davao Oriental Irrigation Management Office, NIA Region 11.

Engr. Layasan served as the Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Manager of Davao Oriental IMO prior to her designation as the Acting Regional Manager of NIA Region 9, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, effective December 06, 2021.

During her arrival, the Regional Office rendered a Meet and Greet activity to welcome her and the guests. She was toured around the Regional Office, as well as the neighboring field office, the Zamboanga del Sur IMO.

Acting RM Layasan was received by Acting Division Manager for Engineering and Operations, Maritez Cabatit Ignacio Soria, together with other key personnel of NIA Region 9, and the management of ZDS IMO headed by Engr. Benedicto Isagani Pulis Jr.

NIA-9 is delighted to finally meet its first female Regional Manager, and is looking forward to her leadership that will bring NIA-9 to a greater heights.

Welcome to NIA Region 9 RM Salome Naragas Layasan!


NIA conducts Scholarship Program Agreement Signing under EPAHP and turnover farm equipment to Irrigator's Associations

Two activities were successfully conducted in the same day. The agreement signing of scholarship program and the turned-over of 5 units’ collapsible dryer to the IAs.

The first and foremost scholarship program of Irrigators’ Association (IA) in the province of Zamboanga del Norte under Enhanced Program Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) were grant to our aspiring students that belongs to the marginalize family in our society. The six (6) selected youngsters were also a beneficiaries of the particulars IAs which offered this scholarship. The IAs that supported this program were- Mitungan IA, Guisali IA, Payan IA, Butigan-Lantoy IA, Nipaan IA and Maria Uray IA.

The activity was conducted through the effort of NIA-Zamboanga del Norte Institutional Staff headed by IDU Head-Dionisio Solutorio and was actively participated by Acting Manager Engr. Wilson N. Cabrales.

NIA conducts Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) Contract in Zamboanga del Norte

November 4, 2021- The National Irrigation Administration Zamboanga del Norte Regional Sub-office (NIA-ZDNRSO) and Lugsong-Dipolog IA, Inc. conducted the signing of Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) Contract at NIA-ZDNRSO Conference Hall. This activity refers to the process of taking-over of the management, operation and maintenance of irrigation systems by the Irrigators Association (IA).

Lugdungan Pump Irrigation System (PIS) has a total of 33 hectares service area with 10 hectares operational area by using the ground water pump, and it was managed by 15 farmers’ beneficiaries.

The activity was participated by NIA-ZDNRSO Acting Manager – Engr. Wilson N. Cabrales, Institutional & Operations Unit Head-Mr. Dionsio C. Solutorio, IDO assigned-Mr. Donievic Bago, Institutiona staff and Members of the IA headed by President Cyril H. Dagayloan

IA President Dagayloan extended his gratitude to NIA and other lined agencies for giving support and assistance to the farmers.


Two Irrigation Projects Turn Over to Farmers

November 3, 2021 | The National Irrigation Administration Region IX ZAMBASULTA Regional Sub-Office under the management of Acting Manager Engr. Robert Berni L. Rada II inaugurates and turn over two completed irrigation projects to the 247 farmer beneficiaries of Mercedes Culianan Cabaluay Talabaan Irrigators Association, Inc. (MCCT IA, Inc.) undertaken by Administration through a Community Participation or commonly called "pakyaw labor" which are participated by farmers of the irrigators' association under the supervision of the Project-in-Charge Pablito F. Bayawa.

The completed projects for Mercedes CIS under the fund source of Repair-CIS CY 2019 amounting to Php3.0M was for the construction of canalization while for the Php7.3M was on the repair of existing main canal & construction of spillway and canalization.

Gracing the turn-over ceremony, the ever supportive to the farmers, Honorable District II Congressman Manuel Jose "Mannix" Dalipe, Honorable Councilor John Dalipe, public servants and the officers, Boards of Trustees and members of the MCCT IA, Inc. headed by the IA President Hja. Aida Nuño Loong.

Solar Power Pump Irrigation System soon to be operational in Zamboanga del Norte

A solar-powered irrigation system is currently being constructed and installed in Malugas Communal Irrigation System (CIS) located in Barangay Malugas, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte.

This system has 5 units of 3-horse power capacity pump that can irrigate five (5) hectares of agricultural land. The project is set to be completed within the year and will soon benefit 28 farmer families in area.



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