The National Irrigation Administration spearheaded the conduct of the National Irrigators Association (IA) Congress held at the Camelot Hotel on May 18-19, 2011. It was attended by the Presidents of Provincial Federation of Irrigators Associations nationwide.
The IA Congress aimed to inform the farmers of the Rice Self-Sufficiency Program of the national government where the farmers play a vital role in its attainment. The Program aims to attain rice self-sufficiency in 2013. It was also the venue where issues that may hinder the program's attainment were discussed and solutions recommended.
Secretary Proceso J. Alcala of the Department of Agriculture attended the IA Congress together with NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel. Secretary Alcala emphasized the importance of the Irrigators Association in the rice self-sufficiency program of the government where the lead agency is the Department of Agriculture with National Irrigation Administration playing a very important role being the irrigation agency of the government. For his part, Administrator Nangel vowed to closely coordinate with the IA in the implementation of projects and to continue with the consultation meeting.