Boac, Marinduque – Two hundred forty-one (241) farmers will now benefit from the newly-completed irrigation project of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) – the Mansabang Communal Irrigation Project (CIP). The said project, amounting to P12.17 million, will irrigate 127 hectares of agricultural lands in Barangay Buliasnin and Maligaya.
Mansabang CIP includes the construction of core wall and concrete drainage canal lining which was completed last November 30, 2018. Water will be sourced from Boac River to supply irrigation to its beneficiaries. This will help increase rice production and water delivery on the service area.
NIA MIMAROPA Regional Manager William P. Ragodon, together with MOMARO IMO Acting Division Manager Gerardo Perez, conducted a site visit to check the completed project. Positive impressions from the project complainant and beneficiaries were gathered.
Boac Municipal Planning and Development Officer (MPDC) and National Security Practitioner ENP Luna Euologio R. Manrique expressed his positive impression on the prompt solution on his complaint. He previously complained the delayed implementation of Mansabang through the investigative documentaries of GMA News TV. Specifically, he said that NIA is not using suitable and up-to-date equipment for driving concrete piles and that the depth requirement was not met.
“Two birds in one shot”, said Mr. Manrique referring to the benefit on the construction of Mansabang. Aside from irrigation, the foundation of the Biglang-Awa bridge was also protected. He shared that despite the occurrence of heavy flood, the core wall was not damaged. He even told GMA News TV to see for themselves that the project was already completed and was constructed well.
Barangay Captain Cornelioño Jr. was also one of the complainants of the project where he believed that no proper coordination was conducted between them and NIA. He acknowledged that his original negative impression during the interview with GMA New TV was due to miscommunication. He clarified that he was just protecting the interest of the residents of the barangay from any danger including protection of the environment in accordance with the provision of the Local Government Code of 1991. Now, he is happy that Mansabang CIP is already completed and nearby barangays also benefit from this project.
“Ako po ay nagpapasalamat ng marami, sapagkat sa ngayon, ang amin pong irrigation system ay stable na”, said Mr. Dominador Mancia, president of Mansabang Irrigators Association.
“Nagpapasalamat ako ng marami sa NIA na pinamumunuan ni Administrator Ricardo Visaya at sa kanyang mga opisyales, kay director William Ragodon, Engr. Wilson Lopez, Engr. Bien Anterola at sa ngayon po sa namamala na chief dito sa lalawigan, Engr. Andrew Maderazo”, he added.
IA president Mancia stressed that irrigation water is now very sufficient for their barangay.
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