NIA Region I – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) turned over the P631-million Barbar Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Barbar SRIP) to the seven (7) Irrigators Associations (IAs) of San Juan and Magsingal, Ilocos Sur on May 06, 2021. The inauguration and turnover ceremony was held at the project site located in Barangay Barbar, San Juan, Ilocos Sur.
Amidst the current pandemic, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya led the turnover of the Barbar Earthfill Dam with a storage capacity of 0.861 million cubic meters designed to irrigate a total of 846-hectare agricultural land covering eleven (11) barangays of San Juan and Magsingal, Ilocos Sur. 1,156 farmers and their families from the said barangays will benefit from the completed Barbar SRIP.
Present in the event were Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson, Ilocos Sur First District Representative Deogracias Victor Savellano, First District Board Member Efren Rafanan, San Juan Mayor Elaine Sarmiento, and NIA Region I Manager Angelito S. Miguel and Ilocos Sur Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Division Manager Gertrudes A. Viado who will facilitate the operation of the dam.
Dispersal of the 10,000 Tilapia fingerlings was also done in addition to the 50,000 fingerlings earlier poured at the dam waters from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). This reinforces its livelihood component for the farmer-beneficiaries of the irrigation project. Right after the ceremony, the newly elected Officers of the Federation of Irrigators Association of Barbar SRIP took their oath and sworn to before the NIA Administrator himself.
Furthermore, Governor Ryan Singson highlighted in his message his deep gratitude to Administrator Visaya and to the whole Agency for initiating such a timely project which he described as the most daring among the irrigation projects in the entire country he has ever seen.
Administrator Visaya assures that NIA, as the chief agency to provide efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers, remains committed to its mandate.
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya delivers his message during the ceremony at Barbar SRIP site
(Left to right) Ilocos Sur First District Representative Deogracias Victor Savellano, Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan, NIA Region I Manager Angelito S. Miguel, and First District Board Member Efren Rafanan at Barbar SRIP site
Blessing of the Barbar SRIP Dam Structure officiated by San Juan Parish Priest Rev. Moises Andrada II
Dispersal of the 10,000 Tilapia fingerlings into the dam waters of Barbar Earthfill Dam
Newly elected Officers of the Federation of Irrigators Association of Barbar SRIP
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