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.

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.


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