September 2020

17 Sep 2020 - 10:19am
30 Sep 2020 - 1:38pm
30 Sep 2020 - 1:52pm

NIA Turns Over P66.7-million worth of Irrigation Projects to Farmers of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 10:19

 

NIA Region 12 – Under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has recently turned over two irrigation projects with an aggregate amount of P66.7 million to two irrigators associations (IAs) in the Municipality of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat on September 03, 2020.

Funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the turned-over irrigation projects include the P56.9-million Dalol Communal Irrigation System (Dalol CIS) located in Barangay Natividad and P9.8-million Macadiz Small Irrigation Project (Macadiz SIP) located in Barangay Datalblao through the Department of Agrarian Reform - Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (DAR-MinSAAD) Project.

Dalol CIS, which was turned over to Colundibus Communal Irrigators Association, includes diversion works (repair of wearing surface), protection works, canalization (rectangular canal lining), canal structures, and terminal facilities. The project will irrigate a total of 460 hectares of agricultural land in Barangay Natividad.

Congruently, Macadiz SIP, which was turned over to Macadiz Communal Irrigators’ Association in Barangay Datalbao includes diversion works, protection works, canalization, canal structures, and terminal facilities. The system will irrigate a total of 57 hectares of agricultural land in Barangay Datalblao.

Mr. Eduardo Ebdane, President of Colundibus Communal Irrigators Association, expressed his gratitude to the opportunity given by NIA and DAR to maximize the use of their farmlands through sufficient irrigation water in their community.

“Finally, our dream, and that of our forefathers, has turned into a reality. Now, we don’t have to depend on the weather to plant our crops because this project would supply us enough water to keep our fields irrigated all year round. Now that we have water all-year round for our farms, we expect an abundance of agricultural yields in the future”, said Mr. Ebdane.

NIA Sultan Kudarat Division Manager Flora May D. Respicio assured the farmers that the Agency will continue to monitor the projects and give ample trainings to the farmers on how to effectively utilize the system and produce more crops.

 
Engr. Teresita R. Pieldad, Acting Engineering and Operations Division Manager of NIA Region 12 (Middle Left) during the turnover of Dalol CIS and Macadiz SIP to irrigators associations in the Municipality of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat
 
 
**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Acting Department Manager
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Telefax: (02) 8921-3741 / (02) 8921-6071 loc. 113/119

 

NIA Completes P5-million Solar Pump Irrigation Project in Mercedes, Zamboanga City

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 13:38

 

NIA Region 9 – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has recently completed the P5-million Mercedes Solar Pump Irrigation Project (Mercedes SPIP), the first solar-powered irrigation project in Zamboanga Peninsula Region located in Barangay Mercedes, Zamboanga City.

The post-construction test run was successfully conducted on September 15, 2020 by the technical personnel of Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi Regional Sub-Office (ZAMBASULTA RSO) headed by Acting Manager Robert Bernie L. Rada II, together with the contractor and officers of Mercedes Culianan Cabaluay Talabaan Irrigators Association (MCCT IA).

Mercedes SPIP is a community development project initiated by Congressman Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe, 2nd District Representative of Zamboanga City.  The solar powered centrifugal pump gets its water source from a spring and can pump an average of 170 cubic meters in six hours. The irrigation system is powered by 28 solar panels that can discharge approximately 200 gallons of water per minute. The system is also equipped with surveillance cameras and fortified with security fence to ensure utmost safety and security measures. Once operational, the solar pump irrigation project can irrigate five hectares of agricultural land in the barangay, benefitting poorly irrigated and rain-dependent farmers in the area.

The officers of MCCT IA expressed their gratitude for the completion of the project which is expected to maximize the use of their agricultural lands through timely and sufficient irrigation water supply. Moreover, the project will increase farm yields through better strategic planting and harvesting processes in order to avoid adverse weather conditions. The official turn-over of the project to MCCT IA is scheduled in the mid of October 2020.

Within this year, five more similarly constructed projects are expected to be fully completed, specifically Manicahan II Small Irrigation Project (Manicahan II SIP), Manga II SIP, Boalan II SIP, Bolong II SIP, and Buenavista Pump Irrigation System (Buenavista PIS) with 53.83%, 53.13% 50.21%, 45.62%, and 27.38% physical accomplishment as of September 10, 2020, respectively.

Along with continuous enhancement on innovative irrigation, NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, reminded the NIA Region 9 officials, led by Regional Manager Rory F. Avance, to work hand-in-hand with IAs, contractors, and other stakeholders for better implementation of irrigation projects in the region.

The recently completed the P5-million Mercedes Solar Pump Irrigation Project, the first solar-powered irrigation project in Zamboanga Peninsula Region located in Barangay Mercedes, Zamboanga City

 

 
**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:
 

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Acting Department Manager
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Telefax: (02) 8921-3741 / (02) 8921-6071 loc. 113/119

NIA turns over P1.78-million Romualdez Solar Pump in Rizal, Kalinga

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 13:52

 

NIA CAR – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) recently turned over the completed P1.78-million Romualdez Solar Pump Irrigation Project (Romualdez SPIP) to Sitio Aba Irrigators Association for operation and maintenance on September 04, 2020 in the Municipality of Rizal, Kalinga.

Funded under NIA’s Establishment of Groundwater Pump Irrigation Project (EGPIP) CY 2020 allocation, Romualdez SPIP will irrigate six hectares of agricultural land in the municipality, benefitting 15 farmers and their families. The project is powered by 30 solar panels and installed with a 7.5-horsepower submersible pump lowered to a depth of 52 meters.

Engr. Ronilio Cervantes, Head of NIA-Kalinga Irrigation Management Office, stated that with nine to 10-hour operation in a day, the solar pump has a minimum discharge of 200,000 liters per day, where more sun equates more water. Similarly, two units of reservoir tanks were constructed to store water from the solar pump.

“The project uses the power of the sun to move water, without the need for grid power or diesel, which can equate to P270,000.00 in annual savings at P75.00 per hour in electricity bills”, said Engr. Cervantes.

Mr. Antonio Santiago, President of Sitio Aba Irrigators Association, said that they can now cultivate their lands for rice and some high value crops for two cropping seasons per year because of the Romualdez Solar Pump.

Meanwhile, NIA-CAR Regional Manager Benito T. Espique, Jr. urged the Irrigators Association to strengthen their association with the assistance of NIA and hopes that the project will enhance livelihood in the area. Aside from farming, the service area can have potential for aqua-culture, hog raising, and cultivation of high value crops.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, assured that the Agency is doing its best to continue deliver efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers amidst COVID-19 Pandemic.

 
NIA-CAR Regional Manager Benito T. Espique, Jr. (Middle) during the turnover of completed Romualdez Solar Pump to Sitio Aba Irrigators’ Association of Rizal, Kalinga, together with Hon. Allen Jesse Mangaoang (4th from left), Representative of the Lone District of Kalinga, Kalinga IMO Manager Ronilio Cervantes (4th from right), IA President Antonio Santiago (5th from right), and other IA officers and stakeholders

 

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Acting Department Manager
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Telefax: (02) 8921-3741 / (02) 8921-6071 loc. 113/119