NIA Region XII – NIA Senior Deputy Administrator (SDA) Benny D. Antiporda, together with NIA SOCCSKARGEN Regional Manager Diosdado A. Rosales, led the ceremonial inauguration of the Ground Floor of the New NIA Region XII Office Building located at NIA South Cotabato-Sarangani Irrigation Management (SCSIMO) Office Compound, Koronadal City on April 7, 2022.
Regional Office and SCSIMO personnel were present during the event. Once completed, the 1,800-square-meter three-storey building worth P220 million will accommodate the transfer of regional office personnel from Midsayap, Cotabato, and South Cotabato-Sarangani Irrigation Management Office employees. This will finally establish the new home of NIA Region XII, along with other Regional Offices, in Koronadal City, the regional seat and center of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region, by virtue of Executive Order (EO) 304 issued in March 2004 by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
SDA Antiporda expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome from all employees of NIA Region XII. He then reminded all the employees to take good care of the said government facility as it comes from the taxes of the Filipino people. He further committed to follow-up the release of the remaining P87 million budget to support the overall completion of the building.
After the event, SDA Antiporda and Regional Manager Rosales attended to a press conference with other media partners. SDA Antiporda shared the priority plans of the government for the agricultural sector through irrigation projects to assure the country's food sufficiency.
Following the event, SDA Antiporda and several NIA Region XII personnel conducted a site visit at the Euro Hydroelectric Power Plant located at Marbel 1 River Irrigation System (Marbel 1 RIS), Koronadal City, South Cotabato. After which, the team moved to Ala RIS Dam 2 located in Bai Saripinang, Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat where in the dam automation was proposed. He was able to talk casually with the Irrigators Association (IA) Officers in the said area. One of the major issues raised by the IA was the accumulated siltation in the upstream and downstream portions of the dam.
SDA Antiporda instructed the NIA Region XII Public Relations Team to come up with video documentation regarding the current situation in support of possible funding at the national level.
SDA Antiporda (middle) during the small press conference with local media after the Blessing Ceremony of the Ground Floor of the New Region XII Office Building
Ground Floor of the New Region XII Office Building where South Cotabato-Sarangani IMO is located.
Building Plan of the New NIA Region XII Office
Site Visit at Euro Hydroelectric Power Plant
Site Visit of SDA Antiporda at Allah River Irrigation System with selected NIA Region XII personnel
SDA Antiporda’s Dialogue with the IA Officers and farmer-members
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