Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, and Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), headed by Chairman Reynaldo V. Velasco, conducted the Ceremonial Turnover of P16.25 million worth of financial support to 6,500 farmers of Angat-Maasim River Irrigation System (AMRIS) Federation of Irrigators Association, Inc. represented by IA President Guillermo N. Mangaluz on March 15, 2021 at MWSS Board Roard, 5th Floor, Administration Building.
NWRB, through Director Sevillo D. David, Jr., proposed to MWSS an equitable cash compensation plan for Bulacan farmers who were affected by the reduced water allocation for irrigation for Dry Season of 2019. In this regard, NIA assisted in the selection of qualified beneficiaries. MWSS formally instructed its concessionaires, Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and Manila Water Company, Inc., to make necessary payment as compensation to the farmer-beneficiaries.
AMRIS IA Federation President Mangaluz expressed his gratitude to all agencies who made the financial support possible.
“Labis po kaming nagpapasalamat sa tulong at financial support na ipinagkaloob ninyo sa aming mga magsasaka. Malaking bagay po ito para sa pamilya ng mga magsasakang Bulakenyo”, he said.
In his message, Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya assured that the Agency continues to serve as a conduit of agricultural development in the country. Moreover, the Agency remains firm to its stance against delays in project implementation as delays in irrigation service delivery mean depriving the Filipino farmers of the benefits that they deserve.
“As much as possible, we don’t want farmers to suffer. Due to scarcity of water, hindi nabibigyan ng patubig ang lahat. Sa kabila ng nangyaring problema sa patubig, NIA delivered irrigation service in the most efficient and most effective way. We are fast-tracking the implementation of irrigation projects, as well as solar-powered pump irrigation projects that will jive with the 10-Year National Irrigation Master Plan (NIMP)”, Administrator Visaya said.
Maynilad President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ramoncito S. Fernandez, Manila Water Chief Operations Officer (COO) Abelardo P. Basilio, Bulacan Provincial Governor Daniel R. Fernando, Bulacan Provincial Agriculturist Ma. Gloria SF. Carillo, NIA Regional Manager Josephine Salazar, and other officials from NIA Central Office, Regional Office, and Bulacan AMRIS Federation of IA attended the event.
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (2-L), together with MWSS Chairman Reynaldo V. Velasco (3-L), Maynilad President Ramoncito S. Fernandez (1-R), Manila Water COO Abelardo P. Basilio (1-L), Bulacan Provincial Governor Daniel R. Fernando (3-R), Bulacan AMRIS IA President Guillermo N. Mangaluz (4-L) and other Bulacan AMRIS IA officials during the Ceremonial Turnover of Financial Support to the farmers of Bulacan Province on March 15, 2021 at MWSS Board Roard, 5th Floor, Administration Building, Diliman, Quezon City.
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