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SMALL RESERVOIR IRRIGATION PROJECT IMPACTS ON FARMERS' LIVES

April 4, 2011, 11:45 AM

NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel recently visited two Small Reservoir Irrigation Projects (SRIP) in Negros Oriental which he proved to be the turning point of the lives of the farmers in Zamboanguita and Dauin in the province. The Calango SRIP in Zamboanguita change the lives of the farmers as they attested that before, the people thereat could hardly afford to eat rice, saying that "they only eat rice when somebody in the family is sick". Completed in 2000, the project had since changed that outlook, saying, they can eat as many times they want. The SRIP enabled the farmers to plant rice at least twice a year and vegetables year round supplying nearby municipalities. With the introduction of organic technology by the Department of Agriculture, they have shifted from chemical to organic fertilizer which their Irrigators Association produced. They attest that organic fertilizer increased their yield to 100-120 cav per ha/cropping season.

In Dauin SRIP in the same province, where before, the whole service area of Dauin is purely cogon and scattered with large lava stones all over the place, the area is now beaming with ricefields planted with rice and other crops. One farmer, Mr. Godofredo Tabijon attested that his life improved a lot with the completion of the irrigation system. He plants vegetables, one of which is eggplant. He said that from his 6,000 sq.m. lot, his gross income is about P50,000.00 in three months. He uses organic fertilizer and does not use chemicals for pest and other plant diseases. He patiently picked out the insects and other destructive elements of plants. These irrigation systems were recently visited by NIA Administrator Nangel and he said that he is very pleased to gather first hand information from the farmers of the benefits they are getting from NIA projects. He said he is overwhelmed by the smiles shown in the face of the farmers attesting satisfaction in their lives brought about by the irrigation systems.

NIA Chief in Mindanao Sorties

April 4, 2011, 11:45 AM

ENGR. ANTONIO S. NANGEL, Administrator of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) went on sorties in Mindanao during the period March 16-18, 2011, specifically in Misamis Oriental and Occidental to attend to various events related to irrigation development.

Administrator Nangel visited ALISA Irrigators Association in Alupijid, Misamis Oriental where the farmers demonstrated how they make organic fertilizer out of banana peels, rice stalks and other materials. They also produce Indigenous Micro Organism which they mix to hasten decay/decomposition of materials. The organic fertilizers are used by the farmers thus reducing use of chemical fertilizers: in turn, reducing their farming expenses, increasing their yield and eventually income. The farmers said that organic fertilizer enabled them to harvest 100-120 cavans per hectare. Incidentally, the ALISA Irrigators Association has been a consistent awardee as Most Outstanding IA not only in Region 10 but also a runner-up in the national category. Mayor Giovanni Labis expressed his gratitude for the support NIA is giving to his constituents. In turn, Mayor Labis committed to share in the cost for air drier, which the IA requested from NIA. Administrator Nangel said the ALISA IA can be a model to other IAs nationwide.

Next in his field visit is the Mini-Agro Festival held in Barra, Opol Misamis Oriental, conducted by the Regional Federation of Irrigators Association in Region 10. The RFIA is composed of 92 Irrigators' Associations coming from both the national and communal irrigation systems. The festival showcased the farm products in its province. Later in the afternoon, Administrator Nangel attended the RFIA 16th General Assembly as Guest Speaker. In his speech, Mr. Nangel acknowledged the valuable support and cooperation of the Irrigators Association in pursuing irrigation development and sought their support in the government's goal of rice self-sufficiency in 2013. In attendance to the General Assembly is the Regional Executive Director of DA-RFU 10 Mrs. Lalay Ramos. For her part, she committed to course thru the NIA and IA the distribution of 7,000 certified seed and various farming equipments given by DA. These equipments will be repaid by the recipients. Moreover, the Agricultural Training Institute ATI) vowed to collaborate with NIA in providing training to the farmers.

Administrator Nangel visited the ongoing Balingasag Irrigation Project. The project when completed by December 31, 2011 will irrigate 2,226 hectares of new area, and 274 hectares rehabilitated area. At present, Balingasag IP is irrigating 700 hectares. The project will benefit 2,213 farmers. In Misamis Occidental, Mr. Nangel visited Tangub Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) with Tangub City Mayor Philip Tan. When completed, the project will irrigate 394 hectares new area and 214hectares existing area. Tangub SRIP is targeted to be completed by 2012. It will benefit 660 farmers.

Administrator Nangel is accompanied by NIA Region 10 Regional Manager Julius S. Maquiling, NIA Consultant Reynaldo E. Concordia, PAIS Manager Pilipina P. Bermudez, SRIP Project Manager Ely Luz and other key staff of NIA Region 10.

NIA Region IV-B Created

April 4, 2011, 11:45 AM

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in its Board Resolution No. 7678 – 11 adopted on March 14, 2011 authorized the creation of Regional Office No. IV-B. The creation was pursued by the various Representatives and Local Government Units officials comprising MIMAROPA or Region IV-B. The creation is in line with the geographical and political sub-division.

On his part, NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel said that the creation of NIA Region IV would hasten irrigation development in that new region considering that full attention could be given by the new organization. Region IV-B has a potential irrigable area of about 149,250 hectares and area developed as of today is only 45,500 ha or about 30%.

In a simple ceremony coinciding the awarding of recognition for Outstanding NIA and Irrigators Association held in Palawan on March 31, 2011, Administrator Nangel hand over the memorandum to Engr. Conrado V. Cardenas, Jr. designating him Interim Officer-In-Charge of the NIA Regional Office No. IV-B. It was witnessed by no less than DA Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Antonio A. Fleta, NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance, NIA Region IV-A Regional Manager Efren S. Roqueza and other NIA Officials. NIA Region IV-B will hold office at Calapan City, Mindoro Oriental.

MIMAROPA is the acronym for Mindoro Oriental and Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan. Being an island region, Engr. Cardenas was challenged to place MIMAROPA in the mainstream of irrigation development to attain the government’s goal of rice self-sufficiency in three years’ time.

NIA Chief in Sorsogon

April 12, 2011, 2:15 PM

NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel joined high level officials of Sorsogon during the Sorsogon Convergence Initiative for Rural Development held in Sorsogon on April 8, 2011. The convergence is one of the fora where issues for rural development are discussed and solutions formulated thru consultation with all stakeholders in the province. Bottomline is that all projects should be coordinated with other agencies for a synchronized approach.

Present during the convergence is no less than Congressman Salvador Escudero, and other local government officials. In that same occasion, Senator Chiz Escudero met with NIA Administrator Nangel to discuss priority irrigation projects in Sorsogon and elsewhere in the Bicol provinces. For his part, Administrator Nangel instructed Regional Manager William Ragodon and Interim IMO Manager Siervo Maglangit to prepare the Programs of Work of the identified irrigation projects and systems for inclusion either in CY 2011 or CY 2012 project implementation.

After the meeting, Administrator Nangel together with Regional Manager Ragodon visited some irrigation projects and systems in Sorsogon. It has been another productive trip for the hardworking NIA Administrator.

Officials of different government agencies, NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel (in long-sleeves blue shirt) who attended the Convergence Initiative together with Congressman Salvador Escudero.

One of the irrigation projects in Sorsogon visited by NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel  

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