May 2016

Pump irrigation targets 240 ha in Mindoro
2016 May 2 - 14:00
P191.76 M NIA Projects Turned Over
2016 May 4 - 10:00
NIA, DTI joint program on Vetiver Grass
2016 May 5 - 14:30

Pump irrigation targets 240 ha in Mindoro

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 14:00

Pump irrigation targets 240 ha in Mindoro
Ribbon Cutting for the Water Tacligan Small Irrigation Project. (L-R) Lumangbayan Water Tacligan IA President Felixberto C. Axalan, CSC representative Irene D. Abu, NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, NIA IV-B Acting Regional Manager Ramon A. Bugacia, OIC MOMARO IMO Lowell L. Lozano, Baco Municipal Mayor Reynaldo A. Marco.

National Irrigation Administration, Mindoro - A new small irrigation project was inaugurated in Baco, San Teodoro Oriental Mindoro on April 27, 2016. Water Tacligan Small Irrigation Project (WTSIP) is a pump communal irrigation project which will serve at least 83 farmers within the service area.

NIA Administrator Dr. Florencio F. Padernal, Region IV-B Acting Regional Manager Engr. Ramon A. Bugacia, and Baco, Oriental Mindoro Mayor Reynaldo A. Marco grace the event thru cutting of ribbon, signing of system acceptance, and switching on the system.

Region IV-B Acting Regional Manager Engr. Ramon A. Bugacia remind everyone about the efficient use of the system capable of delivering service until next generation. He even states a continuous pledge of support to the farmers saying "Magkakaroon tayo ng proper orientation kung paano gamitin ng maayos ang ating facility na ito, nandito lang po kami para kayo ay alalayan".

The project started last May 7, 2014 and was completed on September 30, 2015. Water Tacligan SIP costs P21.6-million and will serve primarily the Lumangbayan Water Tacligan Irrigators Association, Inc. It will efficiently use the water coming from Matulin River increasing the rice production in the area.

NIA Administrator Dr. Florencio F. Padernal said that the main objective why NIA exists is to improve farmers' quality of life thru improved and productive harvest. "Gusto po namin na mapalaki ang kita ng ating mga magsasaka, at kapag maganda ang kita uunlad ang pamumuhay" he added.

Baco, Oriental Mindoro Mayor Reynaldo A. Marco expresses his gratitude towards the completion of the facility which will directly help the farmers in improving their harvests. "Ang mga ani ng mga nandito ay madodoble o kung hindi man ay magkakaroon ng tiyak na pag angat" he noted. Similarly, Lumangbayan Water Tacligan IA President Mr. Felixberto C. Axalan thanked the NIA management for bringing their hopes into reality.

The ceremonial inauguration is along with the celebration of NIA MIMAROPA's 5th anniversary with the theme "Limang Taon Na! Patuloy na nagbibigay-serbisyo sa mga magsasaka". The two-day event started on April 26, 2015 highlighted different vibrant activities including search for Ms. MIMAROPA 2016, motorcade in Calapan City, awards and recognition night, etc.

Pump irrigation targets 240 ha in Mindoro

P191.76 M NIA Projects Turned Over

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 10:00


Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur - NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal (center) and NIA Region 9 Manager Diosdado A. Rosales together with IA officials showing their certificates during the ceremonial mass turnover of 29 completed irrigation projects in the region on April 25, 2016.

National Irrigation Administration, Zamboanga del Sur - P191.76 million worth of irrigation projects completed by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) were turned over to 29 Irrigators Associations (IA) from the Zamboanga Peninsula. The completed projects would irrigate about 4,719 hectares and will benefit 2,537 farmers. These projects are composed of 27 communal and two national irrigation systems.

NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal expressed his pleasure in gracing such a wonderful event. He stressed the importance of NIA and IAs unity, cooperation, and hard work for the agricultural productivity of our country.

Dr. Padernal together with NIA Region 9 Manager Diosdado A. Rosales highlighted that these irrigation projects will help increase palay production, subsequently improve farmers' income, and ultimately provide food for the whole nation. Engr. Rosales in his end is very elated that the projects were completed and turned over to the Zamboanga Peninsula farmers for it will help and uplift the agriculture sector. They also pointed out that with these projects the farmers can enjoy two cropping a year and encouraged them to plant other crops such as cacao, banana, and corn as an added income.

In return, the farmers are grateful to the Agency for the completed projects, for the assured increased production of the region, and for being their partner in fulfilling their dreams.

NIA, DTI joint program on Vetiver Grass

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 14:30

(Rightmost) Mr. Cesar C. Pasco entertains questions from the participants about their expectations with the training workshop on vetiver grass handicraft making held at 5th Flr. IEC Bldg. Convention hall NIA compound on May 2, 2016.

National Irrigation Administration, Quezon City - A 5-day trainers' training workshop on production and handicraft making of Vetiver Grass were attended by representatives from different NIA regional offices. The said training workshop started on May 2, 2016 and will end May 6, 2016 at 5th Flr. IEC Bldg. Convention hall NIA compound.

NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Engr. Erdolfo B. Domingo welcomes all the participants and challenge them in coming up with a training guide that can be helpful to farmers. "This workshop will not only benefit you (participants) but most importantly the farmers and Irrigators Association who will be the recipients of this endeavor" he added. NIA Operations Department Manager Engr. Romeo M. Lopez expresses his gratitude to all the participants who accepted the call to be part of the workshop. He noted that Vetiver Grass has been with NIA years ago, as a slope protection for irrigation structures like canals.

Mr. Renel A. Batralo and Mr. Cesar C. Pasco who are both DTI accredited trainers were the resource speakers during the course of training. The two are both designers and product consultants specializing in handicrafts making thru the use of indigenous materials such as bunot, water lily, buri, nito, tikog, etc. Mr. Pasco told everyone that with proper treatment and process at hand, Vetiver Grass can be a competitive Philippine product locally and internationally.

NIA, as early as 1988, uses Vetiver Grass as a slope protection mechanism because it has the capacity to hold large amount of soil thru its roots which grow deeper up to 5 meters. The use of this grass is included with the Irrigation Operation Support Project (IOSP) of the agency under operations and maintenance (O&M). NIA gives various seedlings of Vetiver Grass to farmers for them to plant it alongside with the irrigation canals to prevent soil erosion.

The problem comes when rats and snakes started to fill the area due to dense and weedy environment which make it suitable for the pests to live. That is why the agency, thru Office of the Irrigation Center, NIA Operations Department, in coordination with DTI Coco Coir National Industry Cluster, came up with this training workshop to resourcefully and efficiently use the Vetiver Grass for an additional income of our farmers.

"Motivate your counterpart, motivate your farmers. I want this training to be a productive one" said Mr. Pasco. The speakers also discuss other uses of the grass like absorbing toxic substance in soil caused by chemical fertilizers, serves as an herb for medical purposes, use as runoff mitigation, and helps in water conservation.


Participants have their chance to closely appreciate the Vetiver Grass during the 1st day of training workshop.

Mr. Batralo told the participants to expect on-hands training as they will teach them preparations and processes on how to come up with a good piece using the Vetiver Grass. "Excited ako kasi aside from unleashing our creativity sa paggawa ng handicrafts, malaki rin ang maitutulong nito sa ating mga farmers (additional income) na ang tingin sa Vetiver grass ay walang pakinabang" as one of the participants from Region IV-B stated.

The use of Vetiver Grass will not only serve its primary purpose of preventing soil erosion but also open a new avenue for our farmers to be able to learn the potentials of this grass.