Farmers benefit from energy-efficient irrigation projects in MIMAROPA

Farmers benefit from energy-efficient irrigation projects in MIMAROPA. These projects are Magbay Pump Irrigation Project (PIP), Maligaya PIP and Armaca PIP in Occidental Mindoro, Isumbo PIP in Palawan and Cabugao PIP in Marinduque which are all solar-powered pump irrigation projects. Using sun as source of power, the projects are energy-efficient and there is minimal to no dependence on diesel and gasoline which are very helpful to farmers and the environment.

Magbay PIP and Maligaya PIP are CY 2020 projects located in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. These projects amounting to P3.8M each were awarded to N. Sales Construction and were already 100% complete. Each project can irrigate 10 hectares of farmland in the said municipality. Magbay PIP has 8 farmer beneficiaries while Maligaya PIP has 6 beneficiaries. On the hand, CY 2019 Armaca PIP, a P1.9M-irrigation project awarded to N. Sales Construction was also completed and is now benefitting 7 farmers in Abra De Ilog.

For Palawan, Isumbo PIP, amounting to P3.5M has started construction last May 2020. The project was awarded to Reinastar Trading & Construction Supply and will have 3,728.5 watt or 5 horsepower (hp0 submersible pump motor capable of producing 100 gallons of water per minute (gpm). This project is set to irrigate 10 hectares of farmland and will benefit 13 farmers in Brgy. Isumbo in Sofronio Española. Calambiringan IA will manage the project once it is completed.

Meanwhile in Marinduque, Cabugao PIP is a CY 2020 project amounting to P3.8M. The project was awarded to M.O.R.E Construction and is ongoing construction. Once the project is complete, it will irrigate 10 hectares of farmland and will benefit 38 farmers in the municipality of Gasan.

NIA MIMAROPA, headed by Regional Manager William P. Ragodon, implemented the said projects pursuant to the 4-point agenda of NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya to improve delivery of services by modernizing equipment for operations and project implementation and as measure to adapt climate change. By: AIleen Vernice G. Bahia, Public Relations Officer A, Regional Office