NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, inaugurated the newly rehabilitated Dumacaa River Irrigation System (Dumacaa RIS) and turned over one (1) unit of Irrigators Association (IA) Building and three (3) units of combined IA offices and post-harvest/support facilities, on December 10, 2020 in the Municipality of Pagbilao and the Cities of Tayabas and Lucena in Quezon Province.
Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin of NIA led the inauguration and turnover ceremony. Joining him were Minister of Economic Affairs Masahiro Nakata of the Embassy of Japan and Chief Representative Eigo Azukizawa of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Cabinet Secretary and Chairman of NIA Board Karlo Alexei B. Nograles sent his video message which was played during the program. Mayor Ernida Reynoso of Tayabas City was also present during the ribbon cutting and unveiling of the Dumacaa RIS at the Alsam Dam.
The irrigation system under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) is funded through JICA amounting to P115,686,140.20. The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 1,839 hectares of agricultural land in Pagbilao town and the cities of Tayabas and Lucena, benefitting 1,585 farmers and their families.
The rehabilitation of Dumacaa RIS includes mechanical works of Alsam, Lakawan, and Mayao dams, construction and realignment of 14.74-kilometer concrete lining, desilting works, rehabilitation and construction of 16 structures, and replacement of dilapidated turnout gates of 25 unit assemblies. Also included is the construction of one unit of Irrigators Association (IA) building and three units of combined IA offices and support facilities.
In his video message, Cabinet Secretary Nograles emphasized the contribution of Dumacaa RIS in the agricultural sector of the country and to the farmers. He said, “Increase in production will help improve profitability and livelihood of our farmers. Isa itong napakagandang balita para sa ating mga magsasaka sa gitna ng pandemyang ating kinakaharap sa kasalukuyan. Sa mga panahong ito mas kailangan nating panatilihin ang daloy ng irigasyon patungo sa mga sakahan. Tandaan, sa patubig may pagkain.”
Acknowledging the benefit that Dumacaa RIS rehabilitation will bring to the farmers, SDA Bagasin said, “This rehabilitation… has given new life not only to Dumacaa RIS itself but most importantly, to our farmer-beneficiaries. This now stands as a symbol of hope to our farmers amidst the pandemic which affects the whole world and the natural disasters that have hit the country in the past months, particularly here in Southern Luzon.”
CabSec Nograles and SDA Bagasin extended their gratitude to the Japanese Government through the Embassy of Japan and JICA, for its continuous assistance to the Philippine Government particularly in boosting the agricultural sector of the country.
Among those who spearheaded the inauguration and turnover ceremony were NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez, Quezon Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Manager Fidel P. Martinez, and NISRIP Project Manager Silvino C. Navarro.
NIA, as the lead government agency mandated to develop all possible sources of water for irrigation, remains committed to its mandate of providing reliable and sustainable irrigation services to our farmers through the construction of irrigation projects and rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems.
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