Monday, November 12, 2018 - 08:45

The Local Government Unit of Pagbilao led by Mayor Shierre Ann Portes-Palicpic through the Office of the Municipal Agriculture held the 11th Pagbilao Harvest Festival from November 12 to 14, 2018.
The LGU annually holds the event since 2007 to celebrate the agricultural sector of the municipality, to recognize farmers and fishermen and to promote their products as well.
Among the colorful booths featured were from four (4) participating irrigators associations of Dumacaa RIS covering the area of Pagbilao namely: Alupaye Farmers Central IA, Alupaye Sitio Tubigan IA, Mapagong Farmers IA and Nagkakaisang Magsasaka ng Bantigue IA of Dumacaa RIS who participated in the festival for the first time.
The festival showcased the Pagbilao products such as organic vegetables, fruits, seafoods, kakanin or finger foods, rice, shirts, baskets and many more.


Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 08:30

NIA IV-A, Pila Laguna – The National Irrigation Administration, Region IV-A, on Thursday, announced that its Solar-Powered Pump intended for irrigation is finally fully operational.
The PUNTA Communal Irrigation Project is serving at least 24 hectares of agricultural land in Brgy. Punta, Jala Jala Rizal. Its main source of water is deep well which was first operated by pump and engine (fuel).
The project consisting of three (3) units of Solar Powered Pumps was started last August 2017 and was fully operational this month.
The Php 5.2 Million irrigation project was funded by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program for CY 2017.
The communal irrigation project is set to benefit the Nagkakaisang Magsasaka ng PUNTA which consists of twenty-one (21) Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries.
The solar pumping irrigation program is one of the Agenda of NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya to venture into new technologies that will not only be beneficial to farmers but also to the environment. In the long run, the new technology is set tone down the cost of rice production as it will minimize the use of diesel and gasoline.


Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 03:45

It was during the CY 2017 RICE ACHIEVERS AWARDS Pagpupugay sa mga Natatanging Lalawigan, Bayan, Irrigators Associations and SWISA that SANTAMASI was given the special award and cash prize of Php 100,000.00, held in PICC, Pasay City last May 31, 2018.  The Rice Achievers Award is a Dept. of Agriculture nationwide annual event that recognizes the efforts of outstanding rice producers of the country.   It is the DA’s way to motivate and show appreciation for any group or institution sharing their contribution to the government thrust on food production. 

SANTAMASI organized in mid80’s, has been an active Irrigators Association and consistent awardee as NIA-Region IV Outstanding IA in NIS Category from CY 1992 – 2002. Though its organizing period was not that easy, IA challenges abound them.  With the dedication and commitment attributed to NIA staff’s effort in implementing participatory approach in the management of irrigation systems, soon the IA was involved in the operation and maintenance with 974 hectares and 34.95 kilometers canal length entering into Joint System Management and later to Model III Contract where an 82% CE was attained. At present, Modified IMT contract is being implemented by the IA per MC 13 S. 2017


Monday, February 26, 2018 - 03:30

Engr. Romeo M. Lopez (2nd from R) had photo opportunity with Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez (Middle).

February 26, 2018 – The new NIA Region 4A Regional Manager Engr. Romeo M. Lopez conducted various courtesy call with local and provincial government units in Calabarzon.

The NIA 4A chief, on February 26, went to Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez to inform the latter about the current efforts of the agency on irrigation development in the province. Engr. Lopez vows to closely coordinate with the local government units for the smooth flow of project implementation.

“Mahalagang ka-partner natin ang ating mga kasama sa lokal na pamahalaan para mas mapabilis na maisaayos ang mga proseso sa pagpapatupad ng mga proyekto”, he added.

A native of Lucena City, Quezon, Engr. Lopez assumed his post last January 16, 2018.
Before heading to 4A, Engr. Lopez was the Regional Manager of NIA Region 5 in Naga City, Albay. He replaced Engr. Modesto Membreve after the latter move to Region 7 and assumed leadership in the region. 


Monday, February 5, 2018 - 04:30

February 5, 2018 - Farmers Satisfaction Survey Result (FSS) for NIA-Region IV-A was recently released by Batangas State University (BSU)  and Southern Luzon State University (SLSU), commissioned SUCs as third party of NIA-Region IV-A.  Said activity was conducted from November  2017 to January 15, 2018.  For CY 2017, we attained an average mean of 4.41 which is Very Satisfactory (VS) with 96.62% satisfied farmers under the NIS. This is a big leap from the previous year wherein increase of 0.7 in average mean from Satisfactory to VS level and increase to 9.8 in the percentage satisfaction of farmers in NIS. On the other hand, CIS attained an average mean of 4.12, increase of 0.11 from last year with an adjective rating of Satisfactory and 93.64% satisfied farmers benefiting from the agency’s services, gaining 3.69%. 

This is the third year NIA-Region IV-A commissioned SLSU for the provinces of Laguna, Rizal and Quezon while second time for BSU to conduct the survey for Batangas and Cavite provinces.  All Irrigators Associations (IAs) under NIS which has 80 IAS  undergone the said survey while 30% of the operational CIS-IAs both for wet and dry season which is 77 IAs were considered. Total number of respondents is 1,413 farmers randomly selected from up, mid and downstream.

 It will be noted that conduct of FSS is among the Performance Agreement Negotiation (PAN) of NIA with GCG.  Nine (9) survey questionnaires  for NIS and six (6) for CIS were administered to determine the degree of farmers satisfaction  as to the services being delivered to them. These are 1 – Compliance in the implementation of agreed cropping calendar; 2 – Timeliness of delivery and distribution of irrigation water; 3 – Equitability of delivery & distribution of irrigation water; 4 – Action on request for rehabilitation/construction of irrigation systems/projects; 5 – Quality of construction/rehabilitation of irrigation facilities/structures; 6 – Action on requests for technical advisory/support services; 7 – Quality of technical advisory/support services provided; 8 – Action on requests for trainings and other capacity building programs, and; 9 – Quality of training and other capacity building program provided. 

Survey questionnaire for CIS-IAs focused on the following:  1 –– Action on request for rehabilitation/construction of irrigation systems/projects; 2 – Quality of construction/rehabilitation of irrigation facilities/structures; 3 – Action on requests for technical advisory/support services; 4 –  Quality of technical advisory/support services provided; 5 – Action on requests for trainings and other capacity building programs, and; 6 – Quality of training and other capacity building program provided.