NIA Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration – Negros Island Region, last week, handed over at least twenty (20) Communal Irrigation Projects (CIP) during its Mass Turn-over Ceremony in the said region.
The completed projects are set to irrigate at least 6,000 hectares of agricultural lands in Negros Occidental and Oriental.
According to NIA-NIR Regional Manager Engr. Mario H. Sande the said projects will benefit 2,841 farmers and will improve their respective harvests.
“The youngest NIA regional office is committed to delivering quality service and continued support to the government’s advocacy in agricultural development”, he added.
One of the irrigation projects turned over is the Php 108-million Dauin SRIS located in Dauin, Negros Oriental which was programmed to irrigate 1,000 hectares of agricultural lands. The system is set to benefit 685 farmers from Dauin-Hinalin-Lipayo Irrigators Association (IA).
During the ceremony, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya emphasized that he is looking into quality irrigation projects for Filipino farmers. The Irrigation chief is also keen in modernizing irrigation services by providing additional equipment in its regional offices.
“Kapag nabawasan ang quality kayo (IA) ang mag su-suffer, kaya kung mahina yung quality ng project ‘wag niyong tanggapin” he said.
He also wanted to fast track repair and rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems. He even challenged NIA employees to do what is right and legal.
“I want to get rid of graft and corruption kaya sabihin ninyo sakin kung meron kayong mga naririnig na anomalya, diyan sa mga project delay nagsisimula ang korupsyon eh” he added.
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. assured NIA that he will support and partner with the agency to attain a productive agricultural region.
“Negros still needs more irrigation projects to sustain rice sufficiency in our region”, he said
The said event marked the acceptance of various Irrigators Associations (IAs) for the responsibility of maintaining and operating the communal irrigation systems.
Aside from the Mass Turn-over the regional office also facilitated the signing of Modified Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) contract of Bago and Pangiplan River Irrigation System (RIS) which are both under National Irrigation Systems (NIS) irrigating the lands of central and south of Negros Occidental.
The signing of new IMT is in accordance with the ‘No ISF’ policy that all national systems will be adopting one model. This means that the provision on ISF collections on Current Account (CA) is deleted while the collection of Back Accounts (BA) will push through.