More Areas to Feed the Land

April 13, 2022, 4:09 PM

NIA Region XI – With the goal of providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to 980 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipality of New Corella, Davao del Norte, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) conducted the Soft Inauguration of the P622-million Upper Saug River Irrigation Project on April 8, 2022.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, together with Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du, led the inaugural ceremony of the said project. Its components include the construction of a diversion dam and its irrigation facilities, project facility, supplemental drainage, road system, and slope protection works.

Started in 2016 and programmed for completion by December 2022, the project will benefit 310 farmers and their families. Initially, the completed structures can already serve an area of 407 hectares of farmland with 141 farmer-beneficiaries of San Roque, Sto. Niño, Suawon, Limbaan Irrigators Association (SARONISULIA), Inc. The remaining 8.78 kilometers of Lateral D, E, F, and G Canals and one unit of canal structure will eventually serve an additional area of 573 hectares with 169 farmer-beneficiaries from two IAs.

NIA Region XI Manager Jimmy L. Apostol, Davao Del Norte IMO Manager Larry Franada, SARONISULIA President Gil B. Japay, Supervising Institutional Development Officer Renato E. Cosmod, some uniformed personnel, and farmer-beneficiaries were present during the inaugural ceremony.

The event concluded with the pre-recorded video message of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte where he acknowledged the efforts of everyone involved in the implementation of Upper Saug River Irrigation Project.

NIA Administrator Visaya (3rd from right), Deputy Administrator Du (3rd from left), and Regional Manager Apostol (outermost left), together with other NIA officials during the Blessing and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of the Upper Saug River Irrigation Project

Unveiling of the Marker of Upper Saug River Irrigation Project

Administrator Visaya delivers his message.

Pre-Recorded Video Message of President Duterte

Upper Saug River Irrigation Project


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