June 11, 2024, 8:29 AM

Cabaruan, Quirino, Isabela – Isabela's agricultural landscape received a technological boost today, June 10, 2024, with the unveiling of the Cabaruan Solar Pump Irrigation Project (SPIP) by the National Irrigation Administration's Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MARIIS).

Fueled by a Php 65.7 million investment, this groundbreaking Agricultural Technology project brings a double dose of pride to the region! The Cabaruan SPIP stands as the largest solar irrigation initiative ever undertaken by NIA. It is a solar irrigation system constructed directly atop an existing canal. This innovative triumph effectively dismantles the previous challenge of acquiring land donations for SPIP construction.

Pioneering Solar Power for Enhanced Agricultural Output

The Cabaruan SPIP stands as a technological marvel, boasting an impressive array of 1,056 solar panels. Far surpassing the agency's previous endeavors, this solar giant generates a remarkable 739,200 kilowatts of power, fueling two submersible pumps. Each pump possesses the capability to discharge an astounding 12,800 gallons of water per minute, effectively irrigating a sprawling 350 hectares of land and benefiting 237 farmers in the process.

NIA's SPIPs Brighten Farmers' Futures in Region 2

Following the momentous inauguration of the Cabaruan Solar Pump Irrigation Project – the largest of its kind by NIA-MARIIS – the celebration continues with the mass acceptance of 17 additional completed SPIPs across Region 2! These projects, initiated in 2023, stand as a shining testament to NIA's unwavering commitment to empowering Filipino farmers.

Consisting of 10 Communal Irrigation Systems and 7 National Irrigation Systems, these 17 SPIPs encompass a total service area of 251 hectares and benefit 867 farmers. They are not merely completed tasks, but living symbols of exceptional public service and groundbreaking innovation, transforming the region for the better!

Dignitaries Converge to Acknowledge Project Significance

The event was joined by the esteemed presence of His Excellency, President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., along with Speaker of the House of Representatives Ferdinand Martin Gomez Romualdez, and a host of other dignitaries including Congressional and Provincial Officials, Local Government Unit Officials, farmer-beneficiaries, representatives from the Federation of Irrigators Associations, and NIA officials.

Building Better Futures: NIA Administrator Leads the Way Towards a 'Bagong Pilipinas'

NIA Administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen received accolades for his leadership in championing President Marcos Jr.'s "Build Better More" programs. These initiatives serve as tangible manifestations of the government's concerted efforts in collaboration with NIA stakeholders, aimed at uplifting the lives of those engaged in the agricultural sector.

Behind these remarkable achievements stands a team of dedicated individuals, including Engr. Gileu Michael O. Dimoloy, the Department Manager A of NIA-MARIIS Head Office, and Engr. Raymundo B. Apil, the esteemed Regional Manager of NIA-Region 2. Their unwavering support and expertise have been instrumental in turning aspirations into realities, paving the way for a brighter future for Filipino farmers in the Region.

As the Cabaruan SPIP and the 17 completed projects stand as towering symbols of progress, they herald a new era of sustainable irrigation and empowered farmers, embodying the promise of a "Bagong Pilipinas".

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