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.

The inauguration and turn-over ceremony of Talinga SIP was graced by Regional Manager Manuel Rañeses together with Engr. Wilson Cabrales, Acting Manager of Zamboanga del Norte IMO; Representatives from the Local Government Unit of Zamboanga del Norte and the Municipal Agriculture; IA Officials headed by President Elma Bagsican, BOT and IA members; and NIA-9 personnel.

Regional Manager Rañeses expressed his gratitude to the Local Government Unit for its unending support to the Agency in achieving its purpose of uplifting the lives of our farmers. He also motivated the members of Ingin Irrigators Association, Inc. to not only accept the project but to truly take care of it as their own.