Friday, May 5, 2023 - 08:45

National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector, Engr. C'zar Sulaik, recently conducted a visit and inspection of the nearing completion of the NIA Region IV-A Material Testing Laboratory. Accompanied by NIA officials, led by Engr. Wilson Lopez, the purpose of the visit was to assess the progress of the facility.

During the inspection, RM Lopez explained the functionality of the recently acquired machinery and equipment, which had been delivered to the laboratory. These additions are crucial components of the testing facility and will play a significant role in ensuring the quality of materials used in the construction of irrigation projects. The facility aims to enhance the overall standard of irrigation projects by guaranteeing the utilization of high-quality materials.

Meanwhile, DA Sulaik discussed the future plans and programs of the NIA in alignment with the vision of the current NIA Administration, headed by NIA Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen. Among the initiatives mentioned were the convergence programs between NIA and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to construct access roads that connect agricultural lands to marketplaces. This collaboration seeks to facilitate the transportation of agricultural produce, benefiting farmers and enhancing market accessibility.

DA Sulaik also emphasized the importance of interagency coordination to expedite the National Government's plans to support Filipino farmers in improving their livelihoods and achieving food security for the nation. By promoting collaboration and strategic planning, the NIA aims to uplift the agricultural sector and ensure a sustainable future for farmers across the country.

Said inspection was conducted right after the NIA Laguna-Rizal IMO’s turnover of leadership between Engr. Armando Flores (Outgoing official) and Engr. Fidel Martinez (Incoming official).

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