BULACAN FARMER-IRRIGATORS TO BENEFIT FROM 16 COMPLETED PROJECTS; O&M SUBSIDY INCREASED TO PHP 500

February 26, 2024, 6:12 PM

NIA Central Office – OIC Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector and concurrent NIA Region III Manager Engr. Josephine B. Salazar led the conduct of the Turnover of Completed Projects, Irrigators Association (IA) Consultation, and Contract Signing of the Bulacan Irrigation Management Office (IMO) on February 26, 2024 at NIA Region III Covered Court, Tambubong, San Rafael, Bulacan.

Joined by the Provincial Government and Local Government Units (LGUs) officials of Bulacan, NIA Region III Bulacan IMO turned over 16 completed projects to its IAs such as the BUSPAN Solar Pump Irrigation Project in Bustos, Repair and Rehabilitation of Angat-Maasim River Irrigation System (AMRIS) in San Rafael, ANBUSPA Solar Pump Irrigation Project in Bustos, Alagao Communal Irrigation System (CIS) in San Ildefonso, Cacarong CIS in Pandi, Maligaya CIS and Sibul CIS in San Miguel. About 15 IAs with 4,466 farmer-beneficiaries will benefit from the CY 2023 completed projects of Bulacan IMO.

Nagpapasalamat ako na natupad ang ating mga pangarap nang ipagkaloob sa amin ang proyekto para sa ating mga magsasaka. Patuloy pa rin pong pagkalooban ng mga nararapat na biyaya at proyekto ang aming samahan upang maipagpatuloy ang aming misyon na mapanatili ang sustainability ng ating agrikultura. Lubos kaming nagpapasalamat sa patuloy na suporta at tulong ng NIA,” CIS Provincial Federation President Rodrigo P. Villacorta said in his acceptance message.

As the NIA sees the farmer-irrigators as its main partners in pursuing the construction and development of irrigation projects nationwide, NIA Region III conducted an IA Consultative Forum for its ongoing and existing projects and future projects moving forward to CY 2025. Issues and concerns of IA officials and members were also raised and addressed in the said forum.

Kaya po tayo nandito ngayon para ikonsulta po namin sa inyo ang aming mga programa. Maganda ba ‘yong iniisip ng NIA? Ano ba ‘yong mas maganda? Syempre po dapat manggaling sa inyo kasi po kayo ang 24/7 na nasa bukid. Kami pong mga empleyado ng NIA ay nakaagapay lamang pero ang nakakaramdam kung ano ‘yong pangangailangan pagdating po sa panakahan ay kayo,” Engr. Josephine B. Salazar emphasized in her message.

Furthermore, partner government agencies of NIA also graced the event. The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office III (DA RFO III), National Food Authority (NFA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) presented their plans and programs for FY 2025 that may assist farmers and fisherfolks.

Capping off the event, a simultaneous signing of the Modified Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) Contracts between NIA and 152 IAs in Bulacan was facilitated. This will allow the implementation of Memorandum Circular No. 147, Series of 2023, increasing the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Subsidy from P150/HA/Cropping to P500/HA/Cropping.

Among the attendees were Governor Daniel R. Fernando, represented by Provincial Agriculturist Ma. Gloria SF. Carrillo, Bulacan 1st District Representative Hon. Danny A. Domingo, represented by Chief of Staff Atty. Lynette San Diego, 3rd District Representative Hon. Lorna C. Silverio, represented by Chief of Staff Atty. Bernadette Aguirre, 6th District Representative Hon. Salvador A. Pleyto, represented by Deputy Executive Director George Bautista, and Pampanga 4th District Representative Hon. Anna York P. Bondoc, represented by Board Member Rolando Pol Balingit. NIA Bulacan IMO Manager Engr. Placida C. Cordero, Engineering and Operations Division Manager Engr. Christian C. Manalo, and Administrative and Finance Division Manager Rochelle R. Cervantes were present in the event.

The NIA Region III plans to continuously hold the event to all provinces covered by the field office until March 2024: Provinces of Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Pampanga, Bataan, and Zambales.

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