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.
This project was inspired by the five (5) other existing solar irrigation systems of Zamboanga City initiated by Congressman Manuel Jose “Mannix” Dalipe – Zamboanga City 2nd District Representative, as part of his community development projects. The Solar Project Irrigation System of Buenavista CIS is one of the Climate Change Adaptation Projects of NIA Region IX under the leadership of Regional Manager Manuel L. Rañeses. It is programmed under Repair Groundwater Pump Irrigation Systems (GPIS) 2020 with a total project cost of P 6.5-million which covers the construction of reinforced concrete tank, installation of solar water pump, pipelines, CCTV, and perimeter fence. The project was completed under the supervision of ZAMBASULTA Regional Office headed by Acting Manager Bernie L. Rada II with ASAP General Trading Construction Maintenance as the contractor.
The successful Inauguration and Turn-over Ceremony of Buenavista CIS was graced by Regional Manager Manuel Rañeses himself together with Engr. Robert Bernie Rada - Acting Manager of ZAMBASULTA RSO, Congressman Manuel Dalipe - who strongly supports NIA on all its projects, Councilor John Dalipe, Councilor Miguel Alavar III - Chairman on the Committee of Agriculture, Barangay Chairman Eugene Jumawan, IA officials headed by President Ricardo Francisco, BOT and IA members, and NIA Region IX 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 Km 57 Buenavista Lower IA to not only accept the project but to truly take care of it as their own. Congressman Dalipe on the other hand, conveyed how proud he is for this project as it will help support food security, thus helping our country rise back again in a post pandemic scenario.