Two irrigation projects in Rizal completed!
June 24, 2021 - The NIA Administrator Gen Ricardo Visaya led the turnover ceremony of Calawis Small Irrigation Project in Antipolo, Rizal and Palay-Palay Pump Communal Irrigation System in Jala-Jala Rizal.
The Calawis SIS is set to irrigate a total of 43 hectares of agricultural lands in Antipolo benefitting 20 farmers while the Palay-Palay PCIS will irrigate a total of 142 hectares of rice fields in Jala-Jala Rizal and will benefit 110 farmers under Palay-Palay Maunlad Farmers Associations Inc.
Antipolo City Councilor Paui Tapales expressed his gratefulness to NIA Management as they continue to support their farmers in the municipality. He added that despite the pandemic the Agency was able to build irrigation projects that will impact the lives of the farmers.
Details of the completed projects were also presented by Engr. Leilani Dela Cruz of Laguna-Rizal IMO. The Irrigators Associations were happy to finally use the said irrigation projects.
"Ang laking tipid sa gastos sa gasolina ang pagkakaroon ng Solar Irrigation Project. Kaya mas malaki ang nagiging kita namin sa mga ani namin. Kaya maraming salamat sa NIA sa pagbibigay sa amin ng ganitong klase ng proyekto," said the IA President of Palay-Palay Maunlad Farmers Inc. Mr. Eliseo Inguito Jr
RM Romeo Lopez, in his speech, reiterated the commitment of the Agency to provide efficient and effective irrigation system in support to agriculture sector.
NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya shared the Agency's effort for modernization and innovation in irrigation as it can lead to a more practical and effective method in the long run.
"We are currently in contact with the Israeli government for the modernization and innovation of irrigation projects gaya ng Solar at Drip irrigation technology na mas makakatulong sa ating magsasaka", he said.
Administrator Visaya enthusiastically shared that the Agency is currently on track to inaugurate at least 100 irrigation projects nationwide for the 2nd and 3rd Quarter of the year.
Also present during the event were NIA Deputy Administrator Romeo Gan, NIA IV-A Regional Manager Romeo Lopez, and other NIA Officials.