NIA CALABARZON – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) conducted the Turnover Ceremony of the P6-million Bulalo Small Irrigation Project (Bulalo SIP) located in Barangay Iruhin East, Tagaytay City, Cavite on July 27, 2021. Presided by Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin, the project was turned-over to the Bulalo Damayan Irrigators Association, Inc., headed by the IA President Fernando Burazon, for its operation and maintenance.
Bulalo SIP includes the construction of solar pump, solar pump facilities and accessories, two concrete water tanks, trash track, pipelines, and check structures. The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation water supply to 15 hectares of agricultural lands in Tagaytay City, benefitting 34 farmers and their families.
In his message, Senior Deputy Administrator Bagasin shared the significant role of close inter-agency coordination in the completion of various irrigation projects nationwide. He emphasized that these projects are for the benefits of the farmers and contribution to agricultural development.
"Nagpapasalamat kami sa ating mga LGUs na talagang sumusuporta sa ating mga proyekto. Hindi magiging matagumpay ang mga ganitong proyekto ng pamahalaan kung wala ang suporta ng ating mga kasamahan sa Provincial, District, at Local Governments", said Senior Deputy Administrator Bagasin.
NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez highlighted the great contribution of agriculture to economic development. He also cited that the Agency is not only focusing on irrigating rice lands but also to our farmlands catering diversified/high value crops.
"Isa ang proyektong ito sa tinatawag nating modernization effort ng ating mga irrigation facilities. Ang solar irrigation project na ito ay malaki ang maitutulong sa ating mga magsasaka para mabawasan ang kanilang gastos sa pagsasaka, sapagkat hindi na sila gagastos pa sa gasolina para mapatakbo nila ang kanilang mga water pumps", said Regional Manager Lopez.
Officials from NIA CALABARZON Regional Office, Cavite-Batangas Irrigation Management Office (CBIMO), and Local Government Units (LGUs), IA officers, and farmers attended the ceremony.
Capping the event was the ceremonial turnover of the symbolic keys of five other irrigation projects in the Province of Cavite, namely, 1) Pacheco PCIP to Pacheco Agrarian Reform Cooperative, headed by IA President Filomino Hernandez, 2) Balayungan PIP to Malainen Luna Eco-Farm IA, represented by IA President Darwin Saloria, 3) Urdaneta PIP to Urdaneta Magallanes IA, headed by IA President Pablito Rogador, 4) Medina PIP to Magallanes Samahang Magsasaka ng Kay-Apas at Medina Agriculture Cooperative, represented by IA President Mariano Maligaya, and 5) Ramirez PIP to Ramirez IA, headed by IA President Rey Villaruel.
NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, assure that the Agency will continue to develop solar power projects due to its environmental-friendliness, durability, resistance to corrosion, and long-term cost effectiveness, thus uplifting the lives of greater Filipino farmers.
From left to right: Tagaytay City Councilor Rey Espiritu, NIA-CBIMO OIC Jaime De Jesus, NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez, NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin, Bulalo Damayan IA President Fernando Burazon, NIA CALABARZON AFD Manager Reynaria N. Tapia, and NIA CALABARZON EOD Manager Erwin M. Lucela during the Turnover Ceremony of SIP located in Barangay Iruhin East, Tagaytay City, Cavite
Ceremonial Signing of Turnover Documents of Bulalo SIP
Turnover Ceremony of Pacheco PCIP to Pacheco Agrarian Reform Cooperative, headed by IA President Filomino Hernandez
Turnover Ceremony of Balayungan PIP to Malainen Luna Eco-Farm IA, represented by IA President Darwin Saloria
Turnover Ceremony of Urdaneta PIP to Urdaneta Magallanes IA, headed by IA President Pablito Rogador
Turnover Ceremony of Medina PIP to Magallanes Samahang Magsasaka ng Kay-Apas at Medina Agriculture Cooperative, headed by IA President Mariano Maligaya
Turnover Ceremony of Ramirez PIP to Ramirez IA, headed by IA President Rey Villaruel
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