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.

Inspectorate and Assistance Team visits the island provinces projects of NIA Region IX

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.

NIA-R9 conducts Digital Media Use and Social Media Engagement Seminar-Workshop

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.

NIA R9's IA qualifies for Nationwide Search for Most Outstanding IA

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.


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