3,845 HECTARES INCREASE IN IRRIGATED AREA EXPECTED TO BENEFIT OVER 41,000 MIMAROPA FARMERS DESPITE EL NIÑO

Under the leadership of Regional Manager Engr. Ronilio M. Cervantes, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) MIMAROPA Region has achieved a significant increase in irrigated/ planted area during the CY 2024 Dry Season. This increase of 3,845 hectares surpasses the figures from CY 2023 and is expected to translate to a larger harvest area benefiting 41,029 farmer-beneficiaries of National and Communal Irrigation Systems (NIS & CIS).

As of March 31, 2024, a total of 68,806.15 hectares were reported irrigated/ planted across the five provinces in MIMAROPA: Oriental Mindoro (24,405.18 hectares), Romblon (2,185.22 hectares), Marinduque (1,590.94 hectares), Occidental Mindoro (18,757.23 hectares), and Palawan (20,867.58 hectares). By the end of April 2024, the harvest area is expected to reach 53,385 hectares, benefiting both NIS (16,002 farmers) and CIS (25,027 farmers) in the region.

This increase in irrigated area is attributed to the construction of new irrigation projects and the implementation of the Farmland Geographic Information System (FGIS) for on-field and real-time validation under project interventions.

To address the challenges posed by El Niño during the season, NIA MIMAROPA implemented its El Niño Action Plan. This included measures like rotational water delivery in irrigation systems, providing diesel-powered pumps for additional irrigation water, and deploying heavy equipment for desilting dams and canals to improve water conveyance.

These accomplishments are the result of collaborative efforts of Regional Manager Engr. Ronilio M. Cervantes, Engineering and Operations Division Manager Engr. Lowell L. Lozano, Mindoro Oriental – Marinduque – Romblon IMO Acting Division Manager Engr. Ma. Victoria O. Malenab, Occidental Mindoro IMO Division Manager Engr. Raymundo L. Calusin, Palawan IMO Division Manager Engr. Armando L. Flores, and other technical staff.

3,845 Hectares Increase in Irrigated Area Expected to Benefit Over 41,000 MIMAROPA Farmers Despite El Niño

Supervising Engineer A Edgard Laurenz Montellano Geronimo