NIA Central Office, Quezon City – National Irrigation Administration chief Peter Tiu Laviña, who is currently embarking on field visitations on various NIA regional offices, believed that the best way to effectively support our Filipino farmers is to know their situations and problems ‘first-hand’.
Just recently, Administrator Laviña visited and inspected irrigation systems and facilities in Caraga Region, February 4-5. He also spent time talking to Irrigator Associations (IAs) both on communal and national irrigation systems.
“Our challenge as of the moment is how we can strengthen our IAs with the recently approved No Irrigation Service Fee (ISF) policy”, he said.
The Irrigation head assured each IAs that the agency (NIA) will continue to assist them through its Institutional Development Program (IDP). He even acknowledged the vital role of IAs for a peaceful and organized implementation of the policy (No ISF).
Started last month, Administrator Laviña visited Regions IX, CALABARZON, Negros Island, and 6. His objectives were clear; he wanted to educate and inform all NIA employees and officials about the direction of the agency thru his 4-point agenda, to personally listen to the problems of our farmers, and to inspect the physical conditions of irrigation systems and facilities.
“Sa suntok ng pagbabago, knock-out ang kahirapan, Let’s help each other and find solutions to all our constraints let us all be partners for change”, he stressed.