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.
TABAFIA, Inc. headed by IA President Tito G. Brit has a service area of 224 hectares and 175 farmer-beneficaries. They also recently qualified to compete for Department of Agriculture's Nationwide Search for IA Rice Achievers Award which has a prize of one (1) million worth of project. Earlier news has it that they bagged the said award, although an official communication for the said announcement is yet to follow.
The winners of this search shall received a Php100, 000.00 cash prize during the 56th NIA Anniversary in NIA Central Office, Quezon City come June 2019.