NIA Region I – Under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) breaks ground for the P1.3-billion Dumoloc Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Dumoloc SRIP) on November 19, 2021 in Barangay Cayanga, Bugallon, Pangasinan.
Dumoloc SRIP includes the construction of a zoned type earthfill dam across Dumoloc River which will supplement the water supply to Cayanga, Cabatuan, and Laguit Dams, as well as the Drainage Reuse Points for Cabigaan Area. Upon completion, the project will provide timely and reliable irrigation water supply to 1,825 hectares of agricultural land during Wet Season and 990 hectares of agricultural land during Dry Season with a cropping intensity of 180 percent. The project will benefit 1,400 farmers and their families.
Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Kristine Y. Evangelista, NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Engr. Freddie M. Toquero, Ph.D., NIA Region I Manager Angelito S. Miguel, local government officials, and Irrigators Association (IA) officers and farmer-members attended the event.
On the following day, NIA Administrator Visaya also led the Mass Turnover Ceremony of 11 completed irrigation projects to various IAs on November 20, 2021 in Barangay Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet. With an aggregate cost of P35 million, these projects irrigate 264 hectares of agricultural land in the municipality, benefitting 373 farmers and their families.
These projects include Cabutotan Communal Irrigation System (Cabutotan CIS) in Madaymen, Kibungan which was turned over to Cabutotan IA, Inc., Cotop Pinanchay CIS in Bashoy, Kabayan which was turned over to Bashoy Indigenous Peoples Farmers Communal IA, Inc., Jappa-Minak-Conet Small Irrigation Project (Jaooa-Minak-Conet SIP) in Shilan, La Trinidad which was turned over to Shilan Farmers IA, Inc., and, Kapangan Central CIS in Central, Kapangan which was turned over to Salat Kabelbelan Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc.
In addition, the Mambolo-Tinongdan SIP in Tinongdan, Itogon was turned over to Tinongdan Indigenous Peoples Organization, Gasal Amsilweng CIS in Masala, Kibungan was turned over to Planterms Farmers Association, Inc., Sapid CIS in Sapid, Mankayan was turned over to Sapid Irrigators and Farmers Association, Inc., Taba-ao CIS in Taba-ao, Kapangan was turned over to ABUDICK Irrigators Association, Inc., Shalongen Creek-Dalabi SIP in Twin Peaks, Tuba was turned over to Dalabi, Al-ogan, Soyosoy Irrigators Farmers Association, Inc., Umesbeg Caucalan CIS in Taloy Sur, Tuba was turned over to Inunas Toyong Shontog IA, Inc., and Taloy Sur CIP in Taloy Sur, Tuba was turned over to Taloy Sur IA.
NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Romeo M. Lopez, Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Toquero, NIA CAR Regional Manager Benito T. Espique, Jr., local government officials, and IA officers and farmer-members attended the event.
In his message, Administrator Visaya highlighted the devolution plans of the government under Executive Order (EO) No. 138 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) which mandates the National Government to begin transferring certain functions to LGUs. The Supreme Court Mandanas-Garcia ruling affirmed that local government units are entitled to a “just share” on all national taxes collected and not only from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). LGUs will have an increase in the overall Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) shares and are expected to assume delivery of services which have been devolved to them under Republic Act 7160, the Local Government Code of 1991.
In addition, devolution entails the turnover of CISs and its development to LGUs under the classified 1st to 4th class municipalities in the province. Meanwhile, the development, operation and maintenance of National Irrigation Systems (NISs), as well as those irrigation systems in the 5th to 6th class municipalities will remain under NIA. While devolution starts implementation in 2022, this will be done in a three-year transition period. The Administrator explains that with the devolution program, NIA’s budget for CY 2022 was cut down from P42 billion to P32 billion.
NIA is committed to continuously support and guide local governments in terms of irrigation development core processes to ensure that no LGU is left behind. The Agency maximizes the opportunities brought by the SC Ruling to provide more efficient and improved irrigation services to the Filipino farmers, the agricultural heroes who feed the nation
From left to right: Bugallon Municipal Mayor Priscilla I. Espino, NIA Region I Manager Angelito S. Miguel, Pangasinan Governor Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, DA Undersecretary Kristine Y. Evangelista, Pangasinan 2nd District Representative Jumel Anthony I. Espino, NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Engr. Freddie M. Toquero, Ph.D., and IA Federation President Rufino S. Aquino during the Groundbreaking Ceremony of Dumoloc SRIP in Bugallon, Pangasinan on November 19, 2021
Laying of the Time Capsule
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya during the Laying of the Time Capsule of Dumoloc SRIP.
Administrator Visaya delivers his message.
NIA CAR Regional Manager Benito T. Espique, Jr., NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Romeo M. Lopez, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, CARFIA/NCIA President Remy N. Albano, NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Engr. Freddie M. Toquero, Ph.D., and Benguet Vice Governor Johnny D. Waguis during the Mass Turnover of Completed Irrigation Projects in the Province of Benguet on November 20, 2021
Mass Turnover of Completed Irrigation Projects in the Province of Benguet
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