Zamboanga City – National Irrigation Administration Central Office (NIA CO) Inspectorate and Assistance Team (IAT) visited the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-tawi collectively known as BASULTA on November 4-8, 2019 as part of their two-week project inspection in NIA Region IX. During its entry conference on November 4, 2019 at L’ Meridian Hotel, Zamboanga City, Col. Rogelio R Percol who spearheaded the said field inspection emphasized the objective of the group to provide guidance as well as opportunities for improvement should deficiencies in the project implementation are found. The IAT was divided into two (2) groups to cover the entire region which has 100 irrigation projects in CY 2019 alone. Projects to be visited were randomly pre-selected by the group which also included projects from previous years both ongoing and completed.
Zamboanga City - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region IX conducted the two-day seminar-workshop on Digital Media Use and Social Media Engagement with Digital Marketing Strategist, Mr. Gilmar E. Padua on October 24-25, 2019 at LM Metro Hotel, Zamboanga City. Participants were composed of NIA Public Relations (PR) officers and designates from respective regions of Mindanao. A total of 38 PR members all over Mindanao participated and completed the 16-hour seminar-workshop.
The said seminar-workshop aims to equip PR members with skills necessary to optimize the use of social media platforms, as well as appreciate social media analytics and come up with social media strategies and policies relevant to the agency. Hands-on learning exercises were provided for the participants to readily apply concepts and principles demonstrated in the lectures. Among others, participants learned how to set up autobots for Facebook page messaging, generate captions using Value Proposition Canvas strategy, and plan ahead using the Social Media calendar.
As National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region IX's two (2) Irrigators' Associations (IAs) got short-listed for NIA's nationwide Search for Most Outstanding IA, auditors from NIA Central Office (NIA CO) are now ready to validate their desk evaluation on the ground. Composed of Institutional Development officers from NIA CO, the auditors will look into the IA's cropping intensity, production, financial management, organizational discipline, and viability index among other indicators. The Tambulig Balogo Farmers Irrigators' Association, Inc. (TABAFIA) as seen here is located in Brgy. Balugo, Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur vies for the Most Outstanding IA under the National Irrigation System (NIS) category. NIA IX Regional Manager Engr. Mario H. Sande commends the said IA for all their hardwork that led to today's activity.
"We have 72 IAs regionwide and we give the same kind of programs and trainings to all IAs. What differs now is the kind of attitude and values the IA has, and this is where your IA excelled," he said.
NIA Region IX – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) conducts the Stakeholders Forum on Irrigation Development in the Province of Zamboanga del Norte, as well as the Mass Turnover of 24 Completed Irrigation Projects and Modified Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) Contract Signing, on September 20, 2018 at Missio Dei Hotel, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.
The forum aims to discuss the status of irrigation development in the region, as well as the status of the Agency’s on-going and future irrigation projects. On the other hand, the Signing of IMT Contract and the Mass Turnover of 24 Completed Irrigation Projects to respective Irrigators Associations (IAs) target to solicit the cooperation among stakeholders, government agencies, and other sectors of the community in efficient irrigation management towards the inclusive socio-economic growth and agricultural development of the country.
NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin, staff from Central and Regional Office, IAs, Local Government Units, Congressional Representatives of the provincial districts, some uniformed personnel, and other stakeholders are present in the event.
Isabela City, Basilan – Five (5) irrigation projects with a total project cost of 16 million was turned over to its respective Irrigators’ Associations (IAs) last August 4, 2018. NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, and Basilan Governor Jim S. Hataman Salliman, together with NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Romeo G. Gan, NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations C’zar M. Sulaik, Regional Manager Mario H. Sande, Lieutenant Colonel Jojo D. Montaner of 104 Brigade Philippine Army, and Basilan-Sulu-Tawitawi (BASULTA) Federation President Nasser Dammang graced the ceremonial mass turnover at Basilan State College Amphitheater, Isabela City.
In culmination of National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC), NIA Region IX conducted a seminar on Republic Act 7877 or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 and a pampering session for women at NIA Regional Office Function Hall, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur last March 27, 2018.
Invited resource speaker District Public Attorney Easter Norie F. Talip from the Public Attorney’s Office Pagadian City lectured to both men and women employees the present law on sexual harassment, where and when it is committed, its forms, the functions of the committee on decorum and investigation (CODI), the assistance the agency can provide to an alleged victim of sexual harassment, the charges, classification of offenses, and the possible administrative consequences to the offender.
Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Committed to ensure quality irrigation service to its farmer stakeholders, National Irrigation Administration Region IX with the mandate from its Central Office, sourced out a team of researchers from Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU) in Dipolog City to survey the Farmer Satisfaction level of the Irrigators’ Associations in the region.
In the first three weeks of the year, the team surveyed a total of 263 IAs randomly selected from National Irrigation System (NIS) and Communal Irrigation System (CIS). An orientation was conducted in JRMSU DIpolog City last January 4, 2018 where all Institutional Development Officers (IDOs) and its heads were made aware of the procedure and how they can help facilitate the conduct once in the area.
Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay – Forging closer ties with farmer stakeholders and other government agencies through dialogue, NIA Zamboanga Sibugay Irrigation Management Office conducted a Stakeholders Forum last February 2, 2018 at PDRRMC Hall, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Attended by NIA Chief Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya (Ret.) and his Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance BGen. Romeo G. Gan (Ret.), the said forum aims to bring together all organizations and agencies relevant to irrigation development to commit to a common goal of improving the farmer’s quality of life in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay. Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Governor, Atty. Wilter Y. Palma, chiefs from different government agencies and private sectors as well as municipal mayors from the two (2) districts, joined in signing the covenant of support for this purpose.
Imelda, Zamboanga Sibuguey – In time with the region’s celebration of the 54th Founding Anniversary of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin graced the highlights of the event: a mass contract signing with the Irrigators’ Associations (IAs) of National Irrigation Systems (NISs) during the opening ceremony at NIA Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur and a groundbreaking ceremony for Lower Sibugay II Diversion Dam in the afternoon in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay last July 5, 2017.
Modified IMT Contract Signing
Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur - The National Irrigation Administration Region 9 (NIA R-9) has a new Regional Manager, Engr. Mario H. Sande, who officially assumed his office, after a simple turnover ceremony last August 14, 2017 held at NIA Regional Office Function Hall, this municipality.
Regional Manager Diosdado A. Rosales, who served the Zamboanga Peninsula Region for four (4) years and has been twice a recipient of Regional Manager of the Year award (in 2015 and 2017) during his stint, turned over the leadership to Regional Manager Sande following his new assignment in NIA Region 12. This is part of NIA's "Regional Leadership Map", which aims to continuously enhance leadership skills and knowledge as well as to provide regional offices the opportunity to develop with each leadership.
Manager Sande have previously served the now dissolved NIA Negros Island Region as Regional Manager prior to this new assignment. He also briefly served NIA Region 2 for eight (8) months and NIA Region 7 two (2) years both as Regional Manager since his rising from the ranks in his home region in Region 12.