NIA holds regional assessment of projects

April 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm Leave a comment

BY Brando Cortez

URDANETA CITY-Regional Manager John Celeste of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) welcomed Administrator Antonio Nangel for an assessment of all undertakings of agency in Region 1.

Nangel was former Operations Manager of the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems before being appointed as NIA administrator.

Also present to welcome Nangel were 3rd District Rep. Rachel Arenas and 6th District Rep. Marlyn Agabas.

The regional assessment was conducted to determine the status of the agency’s performance in terms of engineering and operations as presented by Engr. Robert Abule and in the area of administration and finance which was presented by Engr. Renato Millan.

Celeste said that the NIA Region 1 believes in the rich and vast experience in irrigation development and of Administrator Nangel.

He said that the new style of leadership will successfully steer NIA into becoming a more stable and stronger actor in the field irrigation development.

Nangel and party first had a field visit at the ongoing project in barangay Binday, san Fabian where a dialogue with the farmers was held.

Celeste said that this was the first time that an administrator personally conducted a dialogue with farmers.

Nangel found out that farmers in the area had an average yield of 70 cavans of palay per hectare compared to 150 cavans of palay per hectare in Nueva Ecija.

He advised the farmers to review their present farm practices and make coordination with other agencies of the Department of Agriculture together with non-government organizations involved in farm technology to improve their yield.

Celeste said that the message of Nangel was about changes in farmers practices to maximize farm potentials.

“If the farmers in Nueva Ecija are now having a yield of 150 cavans of palay per hectare, there is no reason for farmers in San Fabian not to accomplish the same by embracing new technology,” he said.

An ocular inspection followed at the San Angel Small River Irrigation Project (SRIP) in Rosales.

Celeste said that the San Angel SRIP costs P33million and will be fully operational by July 2011 to serve the irrigation needs of nearby farms.

Celeste said that the San Angel SRIP will be a supplement to the Acop Dam and will also contribute the development of eco tourism efforts of Rosales Mayor Ricardo Revita.

A Small River Irrigation Project involves the construction of an earthfill dam including structures and irrigation facilities, canal structures to provide year round irrigation to farm lands.

He added that the completion of the re-regulating pond will irrigate 10,000 hectares of farm lands by 2012.

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