November 2017

Ecotourism to rise in NIA-owned dams
9 Nov 2017 - 5:15pm
P23.6-M irrigation project to benefit farmers in Surigao
21 Nov 2017 - 10:52am

Ecotourism to rise in NIA-owned dams

November 9, 2017, 5:15 PM


NIA Central Office, Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration is eyeing big irrigation dams as tourist destinations.

In one of his interviews, NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya said that the agency is opening its door to Local Government Units (LGUs) and other private investors for future partnership in the usage of NIA-owned dams as tourist destination.

The NIA chief cited Caliraya Dam in Laguna as a perfect example for the plan. He also mentioned Bustos Dam in Bulacan and Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija which can serve as pioneer tourist destinations that can be duplicated in other areas.

“Hindi naman siya magiging sagabal sa primary function ng NIA which is irrigation. Gusto lang din namin na mabigyan ng iba’t-ibang options ang mga foreign and local tourists natin”, he added.

Though there is no detailed study yet, the agency is optimistic that this endeavor will allow its visitors to enjoy the nature while doing outdoor and team building activities like inland fishing, kayaks riding, bicycle riding, wall climbing, rapelling, etc.  within the area. A zip line structure can also be a possible attraction for those who are looking for some extreme adventure.

Administrator Visaya said that ecotourism is a concept that provides a “win-win” situation.

“Aside from the additional income that the government will be getting out of this (Ecotourism), I think the important thing is that we can increase awareness on the importance of our watershed and how to conserve it for the future”, he said.

The NIA chief is keen in utilizing the agency’s irrigation systems to attain its optimum benefits not only for farmers but also to communities.

Ecotourism is uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel to conserve the environment and improve the well-being of local people. 

P23.6-M irrigation project to benefit farmers in Surigao

November 21, 2017, 10:52 AM


NIA Caraga Acting Regional Manager Engr. Madante P. Ganotisi and Cabangahan Greenfield Farmers Irrigators’ Association Inc. President Melchor A. Sauro during the turn-over ceremony of Cabangahan CIP.

NIA Caraga - National Irrigation Administration Surigao del Sur Irrigation Management Office (SDS-IMO) turned-over the Cabangahan Communal Irrigation Project located at Cabahangan Multi-purpose Gym, Tago, Surigao del Sur on November 7, 2017.

The project is under the Extension/Expansion of Existing Irrigation System (EEIS) CY 2016 Fund with a total project cost of P23.6 million. It is set to irrigate 100 hectares of agricultural lands within the area of Tago, Surigao Del Sur.

SDS Acting IMO Manager Engr. Dexter A. Sablaon recalled the challenges faced by the project.

“One of them is that the plans were already prepared way back Calendar Year 2010, because the project was intended to be funded in the other program but unfortunately it was not realized”, he said

Engr. Sablaon said that about 65 farmers of Cabangahan Greenfield Farmers Irrigators’ Association Inc. will harvest the benefit of the said project.

In his turnover speech, NIA Caraga Acting Regional Manager Engr. Madante P. Ganotisi appealed to the farmers to use the system in a manner that will strengthen their organization and improve their individual income.

“Now that the project has been turned-over to you (IA), you should take care of the system and you must have the sense of ownership. The failure and success of the association is in your hand,” he added.

He also emphasized that a cropping calendar is important to guide the farmers during the schedule of operation and maintenance. The completion of the project will not only alleviate the farmer’s income but also the economic condition of the area considering it can generate a total income amounting to P20-million for two croppings.

Cabangahan Greenfield Farmers Irrigators’ Association Inc. President Melchor A. Sauro vowed to support the said project and encouraged his members to do the same.

“Barangay population is only 1,310 and based on the computation they will only require about 4,000 cavans, but that production if the potential area will be developed, it could produce 8,000 cavans/cropping and it is more than enough to feed the barangay, but also help its neighboring area,” SDS Provincial Agricultural Officer Marcos M. Quico explained. 

Highlights of the ceremony were the acceptance of the project and the signing of the documents. Present during the event were NIA Officials, Local Government Units (LGUs), and IA members.