NIA CALABARZON – Under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) turned over two irrigation projects to two Irrigators Associations (IAs) in the Province of Rizal on June 24, 2021 at Barangay Calawis Covered Court, Antipolo City, Rizal. These project are Calawis Small Irrigation System (Calawis SIS) located in Antipolo City and Palay-Palay Pump Communal Irrigation System (Palay-Palay PCIS) in the Municipality of Jala-Jala with an aggregate cost of P22.007 million.
Calawis SIS, whose water source comes from Calawis Creek, includes the construction of check structure and installation of pipeline with four water tanks and accessories. With a total cost of P15.007 million, the project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation water supply to 43 hectares of agricultural land in Antipolo City, benefitting 20 farmers and their families. Administrator Visaya led the turnover ceremony of the project to Calawis IA, represented by IA President Ronnie R. Idala.
On the other hand, Palay-Palay PCIS, whose water source come from Laguna Lake, includes the fabrication and installation of solar panel board, solar controller/inverter, and solar panel frame. With a total cost of P7,000,000.00, the project is expected to provide a year-round irrigation water supply to 142 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipality of Jala-Jala, benefitting 110 farmers and their families. The project was turned over by NIA Administrator Visaya to Palay-Palay IA, represented by IA President Eliseo SM. Inguito, Jr.
As part of its innovation and modernization platform, NIA ventures into solar-powered pump irrigation projects like Palay-Palay PCIS to replace diesel-powered pumps and generators which emit considerable quantities of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases. In addition, diesel-powered projects are high in operations and maintenance costs. Hence, the Agency started developing solar-powered pump irrigation projects due to its environmental friendliness, durability, and long-term cost-effectiveness.
NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan, NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez, Laguna-Rizal IMO Acting Manager Gerardo R. Perez, represented by Senior Engineer Leilani Dela Cruz, Antipolo City Mayor Andrea B. Ynares, represented by City Councilor Irvin Paulo C. Tapales, Barangay Captain of Calawis, Antipolo City Allan A. Abonio, other NIA Central Office and Regional Officials and employees, some uniformed personnel, and IA members attended the turnover ceremonies.
NIA is now looking forward to the development of more solar and floating solar power projects to cover more agricultural areas nationwide.
From left to right: Antipolo City Councilor Irvin Paulo C. Tapales, NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan, and Engr. Leilani Dela Cruz, Senior Engineer of Laguna-Rizal IMO during the Ceremonial Turnover of Calawis SIS and Palay-Palay PCIS in the Province of Rizal
The Turnover Ceremony of Calawis SIS from NIA to Calawis IA represented by IA President Ronnie R. Idala
The Turnover Ceremony of Palay-Palay PCIS from NIA to Palay-Palay IA represented by IA President Eliseo SM. Inguito, Jr.
Calawis IA Farmers
Palay-Palay IA Farmers
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