NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya entertains queries from Irrigator Associations (IAs) during his visit in BITO River Irrigation System (RIS), Javier, Leyte on June 9, 2017.
Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya showed support for the sincere thrust of NIA Region 8 management to continue the implementation of Sta. Rita Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) as he inspected the irrigation system on June 9, 2017.
Sta. Rita SRIP has been rejected by the NIA Board due to the delay of its construction and additional request of 109.7 million for the Land Acquisition & Resettlement Plan (LARP).
The management defended that it took them time due to right of way problems and sequence of re-inventory for crops and property damages at reservoir area. The management had difficulty in convincing the affected persons or families to be resettled.
Furthermore, the construction of embankment dam will require the formulation of LARP due to submerged areas at around 712 has. of area, covering barangays Union, Lourdes and Sitio Tominamos II and relocation of the 325 project affected persons/families (PAPs/Fs) and 24 communal facilities, such as school building, health center, multipurpose hall, barangay hall, basketball court, catholic church, chapel, public toilet, market, concrete pathway, drying pavement, cemetery and street lights. The LARP activities where inadvertently not included under the pre-construction activities.
When Admin. Visaya inspected the project site and resettlement area, he was enlightened with the sincere efforts done by the management. Also, he was convinced by the participation of the Local Government Unit (LGU) in Sta. Rita, the PAPs/Fs and beneficiaries of the project.
Administrator Visaya encouraged one of the PAPs to continue to support the thrust of this project since it is for their welfare. The Sta. Rita SRIP aims to provide irrigation through its outlet works connected to the service canal that will supply water to agricultural lands extending to seven (7) barangays— Brgy. San Eduardo, Brgy. Maligaya, Brgy. Tulay, Brgy. Camayse, Brgy. Tominamos I, Brgy. Anibongon, Brgy. Anibongon- Sitio Ormocanay and Brgy. Gumamela-Sitio Kadaragan.
It will irrigate 916 hectares of rice lands in Sta. Rita, Western Samar with about 764 farmer beneficiaries and is expected to increase the annual rice production. Thus, it will further support the government’s thrust for rice self-sufficiency.
After visiting the Sta. Rita SRIP, the NIA chief moved to BITO River Irrigation System (RIS), Javier, Leyte—under the supervision of Engr. Santos D. Meracap. It is composed of 11 Irrigators’ Associations (IAs), 63 turn-out service area groups (TSAGs) and 67 Board of Trustees (BOTs), 12 of which are females. It covers 1, 645 has., benefiting 1,566 farmers, 1, 248 of which are members of the IA with 293 female members.
The IA gained appreciation from the NIA administrator. RRV commended Bito RIS, “So far, sa lahat na naikutan ko sa buong bansa, dito po lamang ang nakita kong may pinakamalinis na canal. Sabihin nating nilinisan ninyo kasi alam niyong papunta ako, pero halata po sa kulay nang tubig at may naglalaba pa kanina nadaanan ko. Wala naman sigurong maglalaba doon kung madumi yung tubig. Sana po ay ipagpatuloy ninyo ang inyong mabuting nasimulan”.
RRV granted system’s request on the repair of post-harvest facilities (PHF) damaged by Yolanda.
On the same day, RRV had a meeting with the irrigation management office (IMO) managers, heads of satellite offices and staff at the NIA 8 regional conference room. Status of accomplishments and strategies were presented. As assessed by the administrator, NIA Region 8 outstandingly rendered its service.
“Region 8, job well done!”—RRV’s introduction during the conference with Region 8 IA Federations. This was on the second day of his visit. It was attended by 100 farmers—represented the different provinces of the region. RRV concluded his visit in Region 8 with all appreciation and recognition to Engr. Romeo G. Quiza, the NIA 8 regional manager and staff for an exemplary service and implementation and to the farmers for active participation and support for the program.