NIA and DA Region 9 Begin New Year with Successful Convergence Meeting

On January 8, 2024, the NIA Zamboanga Peninsula and Department of Agriculture ZAMPEN started the year with a productive Convergence Meeting held at the NIA-9 Training Center in Balintawak, Pagadian City.

The primary objective of the meeting is to strengthen collaboration between the two agencies in terms of providing interventions and services to the local farmers. This includes members of the Irrigators Associations (IAs) under NIA and Farmers Associations (FAs) under DA. The meeting aimed to address the common challenges faced by farmers and maximize the distribution of interventions offered by the various programs of the Department of Agriculture. Additionally, discussions centered around the mitigating measures taken by the agencies to prepare areas vulnerable to El Niño.

NIA Region 9 Gears Up and Welcomes 2024 with a Renewed Sense of Unity

NIA Region IX participated in the national Bayanihan 2024 #NIAGearUp Ushering Ceremony, joining all NIA offices in welcoming in the new year with a renewed sense of unity. The ceremony took place on January 8, 2024 at the NIA-9 Covered Court, Balintawak, Pagadian City.

This year, NIA aims to embark on a new chapter and bring new opportunities to the next level with the theme "NIA Gear-up". The NIA Gear-up Wall serves as a visual representation of the collective community, utilizing new research and technologies to enhance the quality of irrigation services provided to its beneficiaries. The different sizes of gears on the NIA Gear-up Wall symbolize the interconnectedness of the Top Management, Heads of Offices and Sections, and Rank-and-File employees in achieving the set goals for 2024.

During the ceremony, Regional Manager June Nathaniel S. Plaza emphasized the importance of unity among all employees, highlighting their roles as integral parts of a functioning gear. The passion, dedication, and commitment of each employee serve as the driving force that ensures the smooth operation, uniting them all under One Agency, One NIA.

IDP Implementers Meeting

NIA-9 Regional Manager June Nathaniel S. Plaza convened all Operations and Institutional Development Program (IDP) implementers of NIA Region 9 for a coordination meeting held at the NIA Conference Room, today, January 4, 2024.

The significant meeting aims to discuss strategies to strengthen the convergence initiatives of NIA and to improve the implementation of different activities in the field. Present during the meeting are the representatives from the operations and Institutional units from NIA field offices all over the region.

NIA Zambo Sur IMO conducts Joint Validation of Premature Conversion in LABRIS for responsible land use

On December 11, 2023, Engr. Ramon Ebarle, the Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer, united efforts with Rey J. Batoy and Jennifer R. Princillo, both Agrarian Reform Program Officers II, in Labangan River Irrigation  System.

This joint effort aims to safeguard farmers' rights while fostering sustainable land practices. It's a commitment to ensuring responsible land utilization, nurturing Labangan's agricultural industry for sustained growth.

Preserving land for industrial purposes risks reducing the land available for vital rice production.

3 out of 6 high-quality excavators ready to serve Zamboanga Peninsula

With the procurement of 141units of  high-quality excavators of National Irrigation Administration, six (6) of which are distributed to NIA Region 9 to optimize its operations and maximize its assistance to farmers, ensuring that they are well-equipped to face the challenges in the midst looming El Niño phenomenon next year.

At present, 3 out of 6 backhoe units from Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Co, Ltd. have arrived in NIA Region 9 and are ready to be deployed in areas where it is needed the most.

With the remaining units soon to be delivered, the agency is confident that it will be able to effectively address the irrigation needs of the Zamboanga Peninsula.

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