NIA Region IX turns-over Lumpanac CIS in Zamboanga Sibugay

Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay – National Irrigation Administration IX turned-over Lumpanac Communal Irrigation System (CIS) to Tiholan Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc. on May 14, 2021 at Brgy. Lumpanac, Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The project costs 7-million which consists of construction of Drainage System, Protection dike, and Slope Protection. The irrigation system gets its water source from Lumpanac Creek and is now able to distribute and supply irrigation water to about 90 hectares of agricultural land in the barangay.

The turn-over ceremony was graced by Regional Manager Manuel L. Rañeses together with Engr. Girlie M. Detalla, Acting Manager of Zamboanga Sibugay IMO, Lumpanac Brgy Chairman Hon. Paul John C. Cunting, IA Officials headed by President Monico M. Pupuri, IA members and NIA-9 personnel.

6 Barangays of Zamboanga del Sur to receive new irrigation projects from NIA this year

The Zamboanga del Sur Irrigation Management Office (ZDS IMO) of NIA Region 9 conducted its 1st batch of mass Pre-construction Conference and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing to six (6) barangays under Zamboanga del Sur to benefit from the new irrigation projects of NIA-9 for CY 2021. The activity was held at KCCP Hotel and Convention Center, Pagadian City on May 7, 2021.

The 1st batch of barangays from ZDS to work with NIA for the new irrigation projects are the following:

1. Manga 1, Pagadian City – Project Cost: 5M; Irrigable area: 10 has

2. Lourdes, Pagadian City – Project Cost: 5M; Irrigable area: 20 has

3. Ditoray, Pagadian City – Project Cost: 7.1M; Irrigable area: 10 has

4. Canunan Balongating CIS Extn, Baloboan, Dumalinao – Project Cost: 10M; Irrigable area: 30 has;

5. Bobuan, Bayog – Project Cost: 10M; Irrigable area: 30 has

6. Katipunan CIS Extn, Ramon Magsaysay– Project Cost: 10M; Irrigable area: 30 has

NIA releases Operations Subsidy to IAs of Guipos

The Zamboanga del Sur Irrigation Management Office (IMO) of NIA Region 9 released Operation Subsidy for Dry Season Crop 2021 to six (6) Irrigators Associations of Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur on May 03, 2021.

The following IAs received the following amount to aid in their operation and maintenance expenses:

1. Balocan IA, Inc. - Php44,400.00.

2. Kawayan-Guipos IA, Inc. - Php23,350.50.

3. Primatell IA, Inc. - Php12, 250.50.

4. Sekabada IA, Inc. - Php6,000.00

5. Bogwac Highway Communal IA, Inc. - Php6,000.00

6. IA OF Brgy. Pob. Guipos, Inc. - Php2,550.00.

Zamboanga City IA participates in Quality Enhancement Skills Training

30 members of Lumayang Irrigators Association, Inc. of Zamboanga City benefitted from the three-day Quality Enhancement Skills Training on Virgin Coconut Oil hosted by DTI-CARP and Coconut Industry last February 3-5, 2021 at Purok 5, Lumayang, Zamboanga City.

The activity was initiated in partnership with the Philippine Coconut Authority. It was done through series of lectures and demonstration by technical experts Mr. Arsenio Laput and Ms. Ma Rita L. Molin. The IA was trained on the village-level processing technology, general operation requirements, basic costing and operation and maintenance procedures using coco by-products focusing on virgin coconut oil.

At the end of the three-day event, the training certainly gave awareness on social transformation, anchoring on different range of concern especially on developing skills of our farmers.

The officials along with other members of Lumayang IA expressed their utmost gratitude for all the learnings they gained and had pledged to share the learnt skills not only with their families but with their community as well.

NIA Region IX turns over Talinga SIP in Zamboanga del Norte

Sindangan, ZDN – The National Irrigation Administration IX turned over Talinga Small Irrigation Project (SIP) to Ingin Irrigators’ Association, Inc. on February 24, 2021 at Brgy Maras, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

This project was originally implemented in 2014 in two packages: Package 1 which covers diversion works and Package 2 for canalization and canal structure funder under SIP 2014 amounting to 60 million. Sometime in 2017, the project was terminated by default of the contractor. On 2018, it was continued through Admin Works and was fully completed on August 2020 through a 20-million support from 2020 SIP Buffer Fund. Because of the cooperation and unity of members, coupled with persistence and transparency shown by officers, Talinga SIP was successfully completed. Soon, it will be fully operational irrigating 90 hectares of agricultural land in Zamboanga del Norte.

Linduman SIP in Zamboanga City 95% complete

Linduman Small Irrigation Project located in Brgy. Linduman, Zamboanga City is by far 95.41% complete as of April 26, 2021. The scopeof the project includes construction of intake structure, ground level reservoir and pipe laying, which is expected to be fully operational by July 2021.

Linduman SIP is being implemented by ZAMBASULTA Regional Sub-Office, under the supervision of Acting Manager Robert Berni L. Rada II and monitoring of NIA-9 Regional Manager Manuel L. Rañeses.

This irrigation system will irrigate 30 hectares of agricultural land that will benefit more or less 15 farmer beneficiaries in the said barangay. The implementation of this project is in line with the objective of the agency to develop and maintain irrigation systems in support to the agricultural program of the government.


Zamboanga Sibugay IA Adopts Crop Diversification

The Labrador-Timualag-Katurog Irrigators Association of Zamboanga Sibugay displays their diversified crops for Dry Season 2021 which include 0.25 hectares of Eggplant, 0.125 hectares of Pechay, and 0.50 hectares of Spring Onions.

The IA has adopted crop diversification as a strategy to promote and hasten agricultural developments. This strategy helps them attain their goal of increasing productivity and farm income notwithstanding the benefit of environmental conservation.


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.


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