Baras, Rizal – National Irrigation Administration Region led by NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) headed by Sec. John Castriciones turned over the Pinugay Solar Pump Irrigation Project to Balikasaka Farmers Irrigators Association.
The project, located in Brgy. Pinugay, Baras Rizal, is composed of two (2) packages. The package 1 consists of procurement, installation of 4 Units Solar Powered Pumps, Installation of HDPE Pipes. While, the package 2 focuses on the construction of Concrete Canal Lining and Water Tanks.
In his speech, NIA IV-A Regional Manager Romeo Lopez highlighted the importance of inter-agency coordination to achieve modern initiative that will alleviate the farmers’ quality of life.
“Nakita natin ang pagtutulungan ng iba’t ibang Ahensiya ng Gobyerno kabilang na nga ang Department of Agrarian Reform na siyang nangangasiwa ng ating mga Agrarian Reform Community. Nariyan din Provincial Government, at LGU na may i-isang layunin na suportahan ang mga magsasaka dito sa probinsya ng Rizal.”, he said.
The project aims to irrigate a total of 72 hectares of agricultural lands, benefitting 63 agrarian reform recipients in their drive towards agricultural productivity.
NIA Administrator Visaya shares that the project is part of the Agency’s modernization effort of irrigation system and facilities. He pointed out that this technology is a cost-effective irrigation project aims to cut down production cost.
“Ang proyektong ito ay bahagi ng modernisasyon na isinusulong ng pamunuan ng NIA para punan ang kakulangan sa patubig. isang makabagong paraan para mas maging environmental-friendly at cost-effective ang mga proyektong patubig sa bansa.”, he added.
The project has a total contract amount of PHP 20-million which was completed on February 5, 2021 (Package 1) and November 15, 2020 (Package 2).
DAR Secretary John Castriciones expresses his gratitude to NIA Management who continually support the Agency by its implementation of irrigation projects thru its Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Project – Irrigation Component (CARP IC).
Also present during the event were Baras, Rizal Mayor Kathrine Robles, Rizal Province Vice Governor Reynaldo San Juan, Jr., DAR 4A Regional Director Rene Colocar, and NIA LRIMO Division Manager Engr. Fidel Martinez.