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Restoration of Irrigation: A New Lease of Life for Kabasalan Farmers

After enduring nearly three years of irrigation woes, the farmers of Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, are finally reaping the benefits of abundant irrigation water, courtesy of the newly repaired Kabasalasn Communal irrigation System (CIS) siphon.

The plight of Kabasalan farmers began in October 2021 when severe flooding damaged a crucial part of the irrigation canal, disrupting water delivery to their farmlands. Despite repairs, another calamity struck in October 2022, as a flash flood destroyed the system's siphon, exacerbating the farmers' struggles. Although repair proposals were made in previous years, they remained unfulfilled.

Responding to the farmers' pleas, the new management of NIA-9, led by Regional Manager June Nathaniel S. Plaza, prioritized the immediate repair of the damaged siphon. Utilizing steel pipes as temporary replacements, NIA provided the necessary resources and manpower to swiftly restore the irrigation system. Remarkably, the repair was completed in just one month, with irrigation water flowing back into Kabasalan CIS on April 3, 2024.
With the system fully operational once again, over 200 farmer families accross 294 hectares of farmland can now enjoy the benefits of reliable irrigation, predominantly sustaining their rice farming livelihoods. The sight of water returning to their fields has rejuvenated the farmers, instilling hope and vitality in their lives. Indeed, water is the essence of life.

Recognizing Kabasalan's significance as a rice granary, NIA Region 9 has proposed a comprehensive rehabilitation of the Kabasalan CIS. With a proposed budget of 200 million pesos, the project encompasses various infrastructure upgrades, including repairs to diversion works, construction of protection works and hanging bridge, and the establishment of essential project facilities. This endeavor promises not only to boost rice production in the province but also to uplift the entire region's agricultural landscape, thereby enhancing the well-being of farming communities.

NIA-DSWD Collaboration Supports Zamboanga del Norte Farmers in Combatting Hunger and Empowering Livelihoods

Earlier today,  April 4, 2024, two (2) significant ceremonies took place in Zamboanga del Norte - the Turnover of Hog Rainsing in Sebaca, Rizal; and the Turnover of Native Chicken and Egg Production in Magsaysay, Sibutad.

A hog raising project amounting to Php 390,000.00 was turned over to Sapa-Linao Zero Hunger SLP Association with 26 farmer beneficiaries, while the Php 285,000.00 worth of Native Chicken & Egg Production project was turned over to NIA-DSWD Zerp hunger SLP Association with 19 beneficiaries.

These projects were made possible through the collaboration between the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). By providing the beneficiaries with the means to engage in livestock production and generate income, this project aims to improve their livelihoods and contribute to the larger goal of achieving zero hunger within the community.

The ceremony was attended by NIA and DSWD officials including Engr. Girlie M. Detalla, the Acting Manager of NIA-Zamboanga del Norte Regional Sub-Office; Engr. Leonila Constantino, the Focal Person of Operations Unit NIA-Region 9; Rizal Municipal Agriculturist Engr. Joel Laure;  Sibutad Municipal Agriculturist Reynaldo Obnimaga; Provincial Coordinator of SLP Dipolog Cluster Ms. Clarita Quirante; and Mr. Alvin Christian Dequito, the NIA ZDN RSO Institutional Unit Head.

Through continued cooperation and dedication of various agencies, the journey towards zero hunger becomes a shared endeavor, enriching the lives of all local farmers.

1st Quarter Operations and IDU Meeting

Pagadian City (April 1, 2024) – NIA Region 9 conduct its 1st Quarter Operations and Institutional Development Unit Meeting at the NIA-9 Function Hall, Regional Center, Balintawak, Pagadian City. This gathering served as a platform for the regional management and the various operations sections to review and discuss the progress during the first quarter, identify the challenges encountered, and strategically plan for the upcoming quarter.

Led by Engineering and Operations Manager, Engr. Antonio B. Gujeling, the meeting began with the overview of the meeting agenda, which includes updates on El Niño, Contract Farming, Alternate Wetting & Drying, and Systems Validation among others. Engr. Gujeling stressed the importance of sharing best practices that could benefit other field offices.  

Additionaly, Legal Officer, Atty. Katherine Grace C. Lumilis, presented the updates and concerns regarding the Asset Recovery Management activities. The Institutional Development Unit also shared insights into the Agency’s initiative aimed at enhancing assistance to farmer beneficiaries.

Empowering Women: NIA Region IX Celebrates Culmination of 2024 Women's Month

Earlier today, on March 27, 2024, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region IX held an event to celebrate the culmination of Women's Month in the NIA Conference Room,Balintawak, Pagadian City.

The event graced by the presence of  Hon. Junaflor "Sweet" Cerilles Municipal Mayor of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, sharing her words of empowerment and to NIA employees, and encouraging them to pursue their aspirations with confidence and determination. She also emphasized the importance of women by recognizing their own worth, regardless of any social barriers they may face, and for women to truly thrive, they must first believe in themselves.
Mayor Cerilles sparked inspiration within every woman present, encouraging all of them to showcase their full potential and aspire for excellence in their roles within NIA and beyond.

Moreover, Ms. Carousel Lamatan, Senior Industrial Nurse, delivered a  lecture about maintaining good health especially this Dry Season and how to combat dehydration. Also, a lecture on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) was also shared for the purpose of awareness and prevention.