NIA Region IX – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, led the Basilan Project Briefing and Mass Turnover Ceremony of five completed irrigation projects to respective Irrigators Associations (IAs) in Isabela City, Province of Basilan on August 03-04, 2018.
The turned over projects with an aggregate amount of P27 million, benefitting a total of 117 farmers and their families, include the Mahayahay Communal Irrigation System in Maluso, Tabiawan Communal Irrigation System in Isabela City, Kalayan Communal Irrigation System in Lantawan, Semut Small Irrigation Project in Akbar, and Colonia Communal Irrigation System in Lamitan City. These are carry-over projects from Calendar Year 2016 and 2017.
During the Management Meeting in NIA Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi (ZAMBAZULTA) Office on August 03, 2018, the Administrator reminded regional officials to use budget accountably and wisely. In implementing new policies and reforms in the implementation of irrigation projects, honesty and integrity must be firmly observed.
“I always advocate completion of irrigation projects on time, and even ahead if possible, because delayed projects mean depriving the beneficiaries of the benefits that they should be enjoying. Project implementation must be strictly monitored and inspected. It’s up for us to do what is right and what is legal”, said Administrator Visaya.
The event was preluded through the conduct of the project briefing and mass turnover of irrigation projects. In his message, Administrator Visaya took the opportunity to address issues and concerns arising from the current status of irrigation development in the area.
“The production of 60 cavans per hectare is saddening. Sayang ang investment, we should maximize”, the Administrator said.
In coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Local Government Units (LGUs), Administrator Visaya encouraged NIA regional officials to help the farmers in increasing their yields.
Along this line, he instructed the Regional Office to bring the recipients of the five turned over projects to irrigation system with IAs in other provinces/regions that are successfully operating and maintaining the system and whose average farm yield ranges to 80 to 100 cavans per hectare. This approach will give the farmers firsthand information on agricultural production.
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