NIA Region 9 – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has recently completed the P5-million Mercedes Solar Pump Irrigation Project (Mercedes SPIP), the first solar-powered irrigation project in Zamboanga Peninsula Region located in Barangay Mercedes, Zamboanga City.
The post-construction test run was successfully conducted on September 15, 2020 by the technical personnel of Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi Regional Sub-Office (ZAMBASULTA RSO) headed by Acting Manager Robert Bernie L. Rada II, together with the contractor and officers of Mercedes Culianan Cabaluay Talabaan Irrigators Association (MCCT IA).
Mercedes SPIP is a community development project initiated by Congressman Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe, 2nd District Representative of Zamboanga City. The solar powered centrifugal pump gets its water source from a spring and can pump an average of 170 cubic meters in six hours. The irrigation system is powered by 28 solar panels that can discharge approximately 200 gallons of water per minute. The system is also equipped with surveillance cameras and fortified with security fence to ensure utmost safety and security measures. Once operational, the solar pump irrigation project can irrigate five hectares of agricultural land in the barangay, benefitting poorly irrigated and rain-dependent farmers in the area.
The officers of MCCT IA expressed their gratitude for the completion of the project which is expected to maximize the use of their agricultural lands through timely and sufficient irrigation water supply. Moreover, the project will increase farm yields through better strategic planting and harvesting processes in order to avoid adverse weather conditions. The official turn-over of the project to MCCT IA is scheduled in the mid of October 2020.
Within this year, five more similarly constructed projects are expected to be fully completed, specifically Manicahan II Small Irrigation Project (Manicahan II SIP), Manga II SIP, Boalan II SIP, Bolong II SIP, and Buenavista Pump Irrigation System (Buenavista PIS) with 53.83%, 53.13% 50.21%, 45.62%, and 27.38% physical accomplishment as of September 10, 2020, respectively.
Along with continuous enhancement on innovative irrigation, NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, reminded the NIA Region 9 officials, led by Regional Manager Rory F. Avance, to work hand-in-hand with IAs, contractors, and other stakeholders for better implementation of irrigation projects in the region.
EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Acting Department Manager
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
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