NIA CALABARZON – Year-round irrigation water and an increase in rice production is now possible in the province of Quezon as the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya inaugurated and partially turned over the Quipot Irrigation Project on July 21, 2021 at Tiaong, Quezon.
The locally funded project amounting to P1,499,500,000.00 (Phase1 = P999.5 million, Phase2 = P450 million) objective is to improve the average cropping intensity, increase irrigated area and paddy yields during wet and dry seasons. Its main features are the construction of a diversion works, irrigation facilities and access/ service roads. It is a Check Gate Barrage Type Diversion Works with an estimated water discharge of 5.95 cu.m. per second with a height and crest length of 5.50m and 50.3m respectively. It is the biggest barrage type dam ever constructed in CALABARZON.
NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager, Romeo M. Lopez emphasized the possible benefits and outcome of the project for the whole province. “Ang proyektong patubig na ito ay nagpapakita ng potensyal ng Quezon na maging aktibong kabahagi ng pagsulong ng agrikultura hindi lamang dito sa probinsya kundi maging sa buong rehiyon”, said NIA IV-A Regional Manager.
“We are confident that with all your support, commitment and cooperation hindi malayong maabot ng CALABARZON ang food security sa rehiyon”, he added.
This project aims to promote self-sufficiency in rice production in the municipalities of Tiaong, San Antonio, Candelaria and Sariaya, all in Quezon Province and San Juan and Rosario, Batangas.
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya said in his speech that this project took long years to happen but President Rodrigo Roa Duterte instructed him to fast tract all projects. “We seek the approval of IATF for us to continue the project dahil hindi pwedeng maantala itong mga ito dahil it is related to food production”, he added. He also said that there were delays like natural disasters and existing COVID-19 pandemic which started last March, despite that “Tuloy Ang Daloy NIA”.
Moreover, NIA Administrator mentioned that the start of devolution will also be the start of a more important task of NIA which is to make the irrigation systems more efficient. The Agency will be concentrating in the management and operation and maintenance of National Irrigation Systems (NIS).
NIA Top Management, Region IV-A and Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Heads and Staff, Local Government Units (LGUs) and Irrigators’ Association (IA) Officers attended the ceremony and voiced their gratitude for the successful project.
From left to right: Atty. Bong Talabong (representative of Congressman David C. Suarez, Tiaong Municipal Mayor Ramon A. Preza, NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, and NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez during the inauguration and partial turnover ceremony of the P1.449-billion Quipot Irrigation Project located in the Municipality of Tiaong, Quezon
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (3rd from left), NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan (4th from left), NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez (3rd from right), Quezon IMO Manager Fidel P. Martinez (2nd from right), and NIA CALABAZON Engineering and Operations Division Manager Erwin M. Lucela (outermost right), together with local government officials of the Province of Quezon during the inauguration and partial turnover ceremony of Quipot Irrigation Project
NIA Administrator Visaya (4th from left) led the turnover of the symbolic key of Quipot Irrigation Project to Quipot Federation of Irrigators Association, headed by IA President Dante D. Florante (4th from right)
NIA Administrator Visaya delivers his message during the inauguration and partial turnover ceremony of Quipot Irrigation Project
Officials of NIA and Local Government Units in the Province of Quezon, together with the farmer-beneficiaries of Quipot Irrigation Project
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