NIA, Quezon City – A simultaneous signing of the Modified Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) contracts between NIA and 62 Irrigator Associations (IAs) in Bicol region was the highlight of the recently concluded 2nd Irrigators Associations (IAs) Congress in the province, earlier this week.
NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya led the ceremony which was participated in by some 200 IA leaders from the six Bicol provinces.
In his speech, Administrator Visaya stressed that NIA will continue to construct more irrigation projects in the coming years to improve the farmers’ quality of life.
“Even wala na tayong Irrigation Service Fee (ISF), magpapatuloy pa rin ang ahensiya sa paggabay at pagtulong sa ating magsasaka upang mas mapaunlad pa ang kaalaman nila sa irigasyon”, he added.
As stipulated in the contract, the Irrigators have assumed the responsibility of clearing of lateral canals and the operation & maintenance of secondary irrigation structures and facilities in their respective areas of coverage.
NIA will pay the IAs an amount worth P1,750.00 for the clearing of every 7 kilometers of lined or concrete canal and the same amount for every 3.5 kilometers of unlined or earth canal for a period of six months in a year.