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