Convergence meeting with NGA

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region 9 led by Regional Manager June Nathaniel Plaza spearheaded a Convergence Meeting on February 13, 2024, at the NIA Training Center in Balintawak, Pagadian City. The meeting convened key stakeholders including the Department of Agriculture (DA), PhilRice, PhilMech, Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Seed Growers Association, and the Regional Federation of Irrigators Association (RFIA).

The primary objective of this gathering was to foster collaboration and coordination among various government agencies involved in agricultural development. One of the key agenda addressed was the harmonization of data pertaining to rain-fed areas by the DA and irrigated areas managed by NIA. This alignment aims to streamline support mechanisms for local farmers and resolve issues related to seed distribution effectively. Also tackled is implementation of Contract Farming initiatives, the status of registered cooperatives, and the programs offered by the PCA to Irrigators Associations (IAs).

Consultative Meeting of Dipolog City with NIA, DPWH, DOST, and LGU

The Local Government of Dipolog City, under the leadership of City Mayor Darel Dexter T. Uy, spearheaded a consultative meeting on February 7, 2024  with National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and several LGU departments, including the Assessor, Agriculture, Planning, Engineering, & Water District.

The primary agenda of the meeting was to address the recurring flooding problems that have been plaguing Dipolog City. The participating agencies deliberated various strategies based on the study presented by Andres Bonifacio State College pertaining to the city’s drainage system.

As a result of the meeting, a Water Management Taskforce was proposed, comprising representatives from the collaborating agencies. The taskforce’s mandate is to develop a water management plan for the city, focusing on proper drainage systems, irrigation infrastructure, and the resolution of issues related to illegal settlers and unauthorized land conversion.

DSWD Empowers ZDN Irrigators Association with General Merchandise Business

Earlier today, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 9 in coordination with NIA Zamboanga Peninsula facilitated the turnover of a General Merchandise micro-enterprise to the Nilabo-Longonan Zero Hunger SLP Association in Zamboanga del Norte. A total of 26 members of the irrigators association benefitted from the Sustainable Livelihood Program, receiving a substantial investment of 390,000 pesos to kick-start their venture on General Merchandise business comprising of agricultural products and essential goods.

DSWD aims to provide the IAs belonging to marginalized sectors with access to viable income-generating opportunities apart from farming, enabling them to improve their socio-economic well-being and achieve self-sufficiency.

NIA Region 9 holds Oath-Taking Ceremony for Newly Appointed and Promoted Employees

Earlier today, February 5, 2024, right after the flag ceremony, ten (10) newly designated employees of NIA Region IX formally took their oath in a simple rite and pledged to adhere to their new roles. The oath-taking ceremony, officiated by Regional Manager June Nathaniel S. Plaza marked the assumption of duties for these individuals, effective February 1, 2025

The list of newly appointed employyes includes:
1. Jolly N. Astillero: Accounting Processor A, Zamboanga del Sur Irrigation Management Office (ZDS IMO)
2. Peter Elvis L. Galleto: Supervising Engineer A, ZDS IMO
3. Eleazer Degracia: Driver Mechanic B, ZDS IMO
4. Florito T. Luntayan: Water Resource Facilities Operator B, SARIS, ZDS IMO
5. Rhea Mae F. Luspo: Irrigators Development Officer (IDO) A, Engineering and Operations Division (EOD)
6. Melvin P. Maata: Senior IDO, ZDSIMO
7. Eriz B. Bartolome: Senior IDO (CARP-IC), Regional Office
8. Anjiel M. Boligor: Industrial Relations Manager Officer (IRMO) C, ZDSIMO
9. Minze T. Orge: Water Resource Facilities Operator B, ZDSIMO
10. Ernesto M. Dela Peña: Water Resource Facilities Operator B, ZDSIMO

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