Roxas, Palawan - Farmers will benefit from two (2) newly-completed irrigation projects of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in coordination with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). These are the RAE Pump Communal Irrigation Project (PCIP) amounting to P3.9M and Malico II Lined Canal Irrigation Project amounting to P8.2M.
RAE has 17 units of pump which will irrigate 70 hectares and will benefit 42 farmers of Barangay Sandoval while Malico II Line Canal will irrigate 30 hectares and will benefit 27 farmers of Barangay Tagumpay. This aims to increase rice production and water delivery on the service area.
Construction of RAE PCIP started on January 1, 2015 and was completed on March 15, 2016 while Malico II started on August 15, 2016 and was completed on December 12, 2016.
Turnover and inauguration of these irrigation projects were held on February 8, 2017. Present during the event is NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña together with CARP-IC Project Manager Delsy J. Revellame, NIA MIMROPA Acting Regional Manager Ramon A. Bugacia, Palawan IMO Manager Conrado V. Cardenas Jr. and Roxas Municipal Mayor Maria Angela V. Sabando, and Irrigators Association (IA) Presidents Mr. Loreto B. Canabig of Sabuata IA (Malico II) and Mr. Alfredo Catalino of Samahang Manunubig ng RAE Sandoval Roxas Palawan Inc. (RAE).
Both Mr. Canabig and Mr. Catalino were very thankful for the project provided by NIA and DAR. They said that this will be of big help for the farmers especially this planting season.
NIA officials stressed that farmers should take good care of the irrigation projects for the future generations.
In his message, Administrator Laviña coined the term “sabwatan” which means alliance or cooperation from the Sabuata IA. He highlighted that this is what the farmers, LGU and government agencies need for the improvement of irrigation and agriculture in the province.
“Kami ho sa NIA ay bow sa ating mga partners, sa mga Irrigators Association. Kung wala ho sila, wala ho tayong kakainin.” Stated Administrator Padernal. “Marami ang makakamit natin. Ang mahalaga pagkaka-isa, sabwatan at pagtutulung-tulungan.”
He also emphasized the advantage of having good relationship with the LGU, the very supportive partners of the projects provided by NIA. Lastly, he cheered the IAs with the additional funding for irrigation projects of Roxas for the current year.