NIA FAST-TRACKS IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT IN MINDANAO AMIDST EL NIÑO

April 19, 2024, 2:16 PM

Amidst El Niño phenomenon, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) remains steadfast in providing sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers, especially in Mindanao.

Under the leadership of Administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen, NIA successfully implemented the P5.133-billion MMIP-II located in Barangay Villarica, Midsayap, North Cotabato. As of March 2024, the project recorded an overall weighted physical accomplishment (OWPA) of 99.56%. A series of test runs on the completed canal structures in the Lower Malitubog Service Area was conducted on March 18, 2024. It aims to test the readiness and operating condition of the structures before it will be turned over to its farmer-beneficiaries.

With water source from the Maridagao River, MMIP-II covers 9,528 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipality of Aleosan, North Cotabato, and the towns of Pangalungan and Datu Montawal in Maguindanao del Sur under the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The project has 4,043 farmer-beneficiaries.

Guided by the battlecry of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. for unity to achieve lasting peace and national progress, Administrator Guillen advocates bayanihan and personally talked to the residents about the positive impacts of MMIP-II completion in their livelihood. He met with the IA presidents and members and highlighted the importance of IAs’ support and cooperation towards the realization of the project.

The installation of solar sump pumps along the dike is eyed to provide irrigation to the dried-up areas with a convertible facility for proper water management and agricultural production. Once proven effective, it will be replicated in the fertile agricultural areas within Liguasan Marsh that will ultimately transform the said area into an economic zone of Southern Mindanao. The project also intends to achieve and sustain peace and order in the region through social and agricultural development.

To further develop the irrigated agriculture in Mindanao, NIA targets to implement another P2.1-billion worth of irrigation project in the Lower Malitubog area with a service area of 800 hectares. This coincides to the directive of Administrator Guillen to prioritize, intensify, and accelerate the implementation of development initiatives, such as irrigation facilities for the improvement of BARMM. It is in consonance with the 5-Point Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity Agenda of the President Marcos, Jr. towards healing and reconciliation in the Bangsamoro.

NIA is also one with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (OPAPRU) and BARMM ministries in promoting lasting, sustainable, and peaceful MILF communities.  On January 23, 2024, the Agency attended the Ceremonial Launching of the Master Development Plan for Camp Abubakar in Barira, Maguindano del Norte. The said activity was a manifestation of the collective efforts of various government agencies from the national government and the BARMM.

The Master Development Plan was crafted by the National Housing Authority (NHA) and was presented by NHA Region IX and BARMM Regional Manager Engr. Al-Khwarizmi Indanan. Initially, it features 234 housing units that will be built in FY 2024. It includes access roads, telecommunication facilities, potable water sources, agricultural plantation areas, institutional and religious buildings, health facilities, and commercial areas.

Spanning up to 300 hectares, Camp Abubakar will now be transformed into a zone of peace and development in Mindanao. Indeed, a legacy of hope and #BagongPilipinas for the Filipino people.

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A series of test runs on the completed canal structures in the Lower Malitubog Service Area was successfully conducted on March 18, 2024.

 

 

A series of test runs on the completed canal structures in the Lower Malitubog Service Area was successfully conducted on March 18, 2024. 

 

 

Administrator Guillen gives his message to the IA Presidents and Members of Proper Macabual IA, Macabual Kaltan Farmers IA, Kaltan Balong Farmers IA, Tambak Balong IA, Nalkatan Manaulanan IA, Manaulanan IA, Talitay Inug-Ug IA, Manaulanan Katilacan IA, Damalasak Silik Farmers IA, Damalasak Katilacan IA, Tuka Punol IA, Labo-Labo Farmers IA, and Lateral P and O IA. 

 

 

RMC 2 Canal of MMIP-II 

 

The participants of the Ceremonial Launching of the Master Development Plan for Camp Abubakar in Barira, Maguindano del Norte do the “peace sign” to signify their support toward peace and development in MILF communities.