NIA Region XI – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) inaugurated the newly rehabilitated Mal River Irrigation System (Mal RIS) and turned over Irrigators Association (IA) Buildings and Support Facilities in the municipalities of Matanao and Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, respectively, on September 21, 2018. Assistant Secretary Jann Roby R. Otero, Office of the Cabinet Secretary (OCS), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative Yoshio Wada, and NIA Deputy Administrator (DA) for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan led the said events.
The rehabilitation of Mal RIS amounting to P104.294 million is a JICA-funded project under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) which has 11 projects located nationwide.
The project includes the construction of six (6) units of Irrigators’ Association (IA) Offices (84 square meters each), three (3) units of combined IA offices and warehouse (200 square meters each), 16.1 kilometers of concrete canal lining, construction and repair of 20 structures, five (5) new steel gates, and 15.7 kilometers of grading and gravelling, among others.
Mal RIS, whose water sources come from Mal River in Matanao, is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 2,635 hectares of agricultural land in the municipalities of Matanao, Kiblawan, and Hagonoy in Davao del Sur, benefitting 3,720 farmers and their families.
In his message, DA Gan emphasized the significance of the project components and its contribution in uplifting the lives of the local farmers.
“The rehabilitation of Mal RIS will translate into efficient operation and maintenance eventually, optimization of the benefits derived from this irrigation system. The IA building and post-harvest facilities are important components of this project. The new building which will house the IA Office will serve as a conducive workplace where meetings can be held, records and documents can be secured, and a place where different agencies can coordinate with the IA. The post-harvest facilities would ensure quality of rice produced. Thus, gaining higher price for the commodity and eventually increasing the farmers’ income”, said DA Gan.
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), as the lead government agency mandated to develop all possible sources of water for irrigation, continues to be dedicated on its mandate of providing reliable and sustainable irrigation services to our farmers through the construction of irrigation projects and rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems.
Veering away from mere irrigation service, the Agency has also embarked on the development of hydroelectric and floating solar power projects. It is also aiming to venture into agri-tourism through the development of existing big dams as tourist destination.
Finally, NIA is now ascertaining its vital contribution to the inclusive socio-economic growth and agricultural development of the country through an efficient, sustainable, and reliable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers, thus lowering the poverty incidence in the irrigated agricultural sector.
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