NIA-9 Management Engages with TSAG Leaders and IA Officers in Labangan

Labangan, ZDS (March 20, 2024) – Earlier today, the management of NIA Region 9 convened with the Turn-out Service Area Group  (TSAG) leaders and Officers from 12 Irrigators Associations (IAs) operating within the Labangan River Irrigation System (LABRIS) of Zamboanga del Sur. The meeting took place at the Barangay Dalapang Covered Court, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, serving as a platform to address pressing concerns and offer effective solutions to the challenges faced by farmer-irrigators.

Regional Manager June Nathaniel S. Plaza, alongside Engr. Joel G. Janiola, Acting Manager of Zamboanga del Sur Irrigation Management Office (ZDS IMO), and Mr. Ernesto T. Benliro, Jr., LABRIS Head, led the session, personally engaging with TSAG leaders to understand their irrigation and farming-related issues. Together, they collaboratively devised immediate solutions aimed at resolving these concerns, ensuring the smooth operation of irrigation systems, and enhancing agricultural productivity.

Turn-out Service Area Group (TSAG) Meetings

Two (2) Turn-out Service Area Group (TSAGs) of Purok Malipayon San Isidro Irrigators Association (IA) in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur convened for a meeting with  NIA Zamboanga Peninsula management represented by Engr. Antonio B. Gujeling, Engineering and Operations Division (EOD) Manager, and Engr. Joel G. Janiola, Acting Manager of Zamboanga del Sur Irrigation Management Office. The TSAG Meeting was held at Barangay San Isidro, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.on March 13, 2024.

During the meeting, the TSAG leaders and members expressed their concerns and urgent needs that require immediate attention. The farmers pleaded for assistance in various areas such as the concreting of lateral A canal and TSAG 3, including its head gate. Furthermore, they emphasized the dire need for canal desilting and the construction of a thresher crossing.

Patalon Farmers in Zamboanga City receive Irrigation Project from NIA

The Patalon Purok 5 Farmers Irrigation Association (IA), Inc. formally received the Patalon Communal Irrigation System (CIS) from the National Irrigation Administration during a recently conducted Turn-over and Inauguration Ceremony held at Purok 5, Patalon, Zamboanga City on March 14, 2024.

The Patalon CIS has a total project cost of 2.957 million that covers the construction of one (1) unit intake and reinforced tank and installation of 1.738 kilometers of lateral pipelines and 0.4 kilometers supplemental pipelines. It can irrigate 39 hectares of agricultural land serving 50 farmer beneficiaries. The project was completed under the supervision of  NIA Region IX - ZamBaSulTa RSO headed by Engr. Wilson N. Cabrales.

NIA-9 Collaborates with Dumalinao LGU for Irrigation Development

A consultative meeting between the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region 9, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, and three (3) Irrigators' Associations (IA's), namely, Pagsudom IA, Doremia IA, and Hirekia IA, was held at Sumadat, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, on March 14, 2024.

The primary objective of the meeting was to assess the status of existing irrigation structures in the municipality and to come up with interventions to address problems raised by the IAs. Among the issues that were given immediate solutions were the desilting of their dams, and proposal to include the repair of their damaged facilities.

The event was graced by Hon. Junaflor "Sweet" Cerilles, Municipal Mayor, who showed utmost support to the needs of the local farmers within her jurisdiction. NIA -9 was represented by Engr. Antonio B. Gueling, Division Manager for Engineering & Operations, and Engr. Joel G. Janiola, Manager of Zamboanga del Sur Irrigation Management Office, along with the technical staff of the Agency and other key personnel.

COA-NIA IX Audit Exit Conference for CY 2023

The Commission on Audit (COA) IX resident auditors under the direction of Atty. Marvin C. Lee, Regional Supervising Auditor, conducts a COA-NIA IX Audit Exit Conference for CY 2023 with the key officials of NIA Zamboanga Peninsula regional and field  offices led by Regional Manager June Nathaniel S. Plaza, on March 12, 2024 at Ariana Hotel, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Sur.

The purpose of the conference is to discuss and review the Audit Findings of CY 2023 and see to it that the recommendations provided are acceptable and doable. Additionally, it aims to rectify the practices that are no longer applicable, as well as to promote good governance and transparency within the Agency.
During the conference, auditors presented audit observations and recommendations, discussing the necessary corrective measures to address the raised issues. NIA on the other hand, shared their respective insights and updates on its corrective measures, demonstrating a proactive approach to improving its operations and ensuring compliance to COA regulations.

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