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NIA Region IX Inaugurates new Training Facility

NIA Region IX – NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen, together with NIA IX Regional Manager Salome N. Layasan, led the inauguration of the new NIA-IX Training Center located at the Regional Center, Balintawak, Pagadian City on April 29, 2023.

The Training Center will serve as a hub for training and education, and venue for activities and events for NIA employees and farmers.  The three-storey facility is composed of function hall, conference rooms, canteen, guest house, and mini-gym. The project has a total project cost of P57.5 million.

Administrator Guillen expressed his gratitude to the Pagadian City Government for donating a good location for NIA Region IX. He pointed that one of his strategic policy agenda is the Capacity Building of human resources, thus he recognize and take pride in the inauguration of this new facility, which will stand as a silent witness on how NIA continuously capacitates its employees and farmers through the conduct of seminars and trainings fitting to them. He then reminded NIA Region 9 as a whole to remain steadfast in their mission to improve the lives of every Filipino farmers in Zamboanga Peninsula, as well as the islands of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

Also present in the event were representative to Pagadian City Mayor, Councilor Dra, Dicky Fernandez, presentative to Provincial Governor, Board Member Hernan Dela Cruz, the Department Manager of Financial Management Department, Ms. Milca B. Cayanga, all NIA-IX regional and field office managers, and NIA Region IX personnel.

The inauguration of the Training Center is a significant milestone of NIA Region IX. Every knowledge gained by employees and farmers who are trained in this facility will serve as a way to cultivate intelligence, talent, skills and abilities of each and every NIAn and farmers in Region IX.


NIA Region IX holds IA Congress and Stakeholders Forum

Various Irrigators Associations (IAs) and Local Chief Executives in Region XI gathered together on April 27, 2023, for an IA Congress and Stakeholders' Forum held at Dakak Resort, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

The event was organized by NIA Region IX headed by Regional Manager Salome N. Layasan. It aims to address common issues affecting irrigation services and agricultural production of farmers in the region. Moreover, it serves as the perfect avenue for NIA’s clienteles to hear the strategic plans of the Philippine Government, through NIA Administrator, on how to strengthen the value chain of the agri-food system.

The activity was participated by over 255 IAs region-wide and diverse group of stakeholders composed of local chief executives and representatives from the local government units (LGUs), officials from the Department of Agriculture (DA), and community leaders, all of whom share a common goal of promoting sustainable and profitable agriculture.

The IA Congress and Stakeholders Forum was graced by no less than NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen who served as the Guest of Honor and Speaker. One of the highlights of the congress was the sharing of strategies and best practices by Administrator Guillen himself, which focused on wealth creation capacity of agriculture in the Philippines. He expounded on the importance of whole-of-nation approach or the convergence of all government sectors in reducing poverty in the agricultural sector, which drew so much inspiration and hopes to all listeners.

At the end of the congress, the farmers expressed their gratitude to the Agency for consistently providing updates on various programs and initiatives at are aimed at helping farmers. The IAs along with the LGUs pledged to work together to implement solutions to continue to improve the farming activities in the region.

Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Federation of Irrigators' Association (ZPRFIA) Annual General Assembly Meeting

Earlier today, the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Federation of Irrigators' Association (ZPRFIA) Inc. conducted its annual general assembly meeting, March 31,2023 at NIA IX Regional Office, Balintawak, Pagadian City wherein among the highlights are the election of the new set of ZPRFIA Officers and Board of Trustees and orientation on the upcoming activities of the National Irrigation Administration which will give the irrigators more access to programs and services of NIA and other national government agencies.

NIA joins Rice Information Caravan in Zamboanga City

NIA ZAmboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi Tawi Regional Sub-Office (ZAMBASULTA RSO) participated the Quarterly Rice Information Caravan in Zamboanga City held on March 27, 2023 at Ayala Gymnasium hosted by the Department of Agriculture and the Rice Commodity Program.

The Rice Information Caravan aims to increase awareness on the importance of rice production in the area to update farmers with each agencies' current programs and services they can avail to boost rice production.  

The participating agencies tackle their respective expertise such as for Balance Fertilizer Strategy by the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Soil Lab; Pest and Diseases by the DA-Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC), Lending Program by Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC); Crop Insurance by Phil. Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC); Fertilizer Updates by Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA); Marketing by National Food Authority (NFA); and lastly Irrigation by NIA represented by Leni S. Enriquez, Engr. Jhassa Anne S. Cambalon, and Jackielyn T. Manalo.