NIA Region VIII – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, inaugurated the P814.167-million Sta. Rita Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Sta. Rita SRIP) on October 5, 2021 in the Municipality of Sta. Rita, Samar.
Sta. Rita SRIP includes the construction of an Earthfill dam and irrigation outlet works from which the service canal draws water for agricultural land. The project will provide timely and reliable irrigation water supply to 960 hectares of agricultural lands in the barangays of Maligaya, San Eduardo, Tulay, Camayse, Tominamos, Anibongon, Sitio Ormocanay, Gumamela, and Kadaragan, benefitting 764 farmers and their families. It is also expected to provide other incidental benefits, such as flood control, aquaculture, hydropower generation, domestic water supply, and recreational facility.
NIA Region VIII Manager Ruby C. Tuan, Jr., Western Samar Provincial Governor Reynolds Michael T. Tan, represented by Samar Provincial Investment and Trade Promotions Officer Brett Delos Santos, Sta. Rita Municipal Mayor Joven P. Tiu, Samar 2nd District Representative Sharee Ann T. Tan, represented by Chief of Staff Nelieta Baguna, Silaga River Irrigators Association President Heracleo M. Cajafe, other local government officials, and IAs were present during the event.
Sta. Rita SRIP is the eighth irrigation project that was inaugurated/turned over by NIA for the month of October 2021. Being the lead government agency mandated to develop all possible sources of water for irrigation, NIA remains steadfast on its commitment in providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service in the country.
Blessing Ceremony of Sta. Rita SRIP in the Municipality of Sta. Rita, Samar
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (right) and NIA Region VIII Manager Ruby C. Tuan, Jr. (left) led the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of Sta. Rita SRIP
Unveiling of the Marker
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya delivers his message during the inauguration of Sta. Rita SRIP.
NIA and Local Government Officials, together with the officers and farmer-members of Silaga River Irrigators Association
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (3rd from right) and NIA Region VIII Manager Ruby C. Tuan, Jr. (4th from left), together with other NIA officials and staff at Sta. Rita SRIP Earthfill Dam in the Municipality of Sta. Rita, Samar
Sta. Rita SRIP Spillway
The View of the Sta. Rita SRIP
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