Coordination Meeting: Enhancing Irrigation Systems to Mitigate El Niño Impact in Mansalay

Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro - To address the concerns related to the El Niño phenomenon and to explore potential solutions, particularly focusing on enhancing the existing irrigation system, a coordination meeting was graced with the Municipal Mayor of Mansalay, Hon. Ferdinand M. Maliwanag together with seventeen (17) Barangay Captains on March 11, 2024 at Conference Hall, Municipality of Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro.

NIA MIMAROPA Regional Manager Engr. Ronilio M. Cervantes together with the NIA Mindoro Oriental-Marinduque-Romblon (MOMARO) Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Acting Division Manager Engr. Maria Victoria O. Malenab discussed the current state of the irrigation systems in the municipality. They highlighted the importance of upgrading and maintaining the existing infrastructure to mitigate the effects of El Niño on agriculture and ensure sustained water supply for the community.

The Barangay Captains actively participated by sharing insights on possible sources of water within their respective areas that could be utilized for irrigation purposes. These inputs were crucial in identifying potential locations for new irrigation projects.

Following the discussions, it was agreed upon to conduct site visits to validate the feasibility of the proposed water sources identified by the Barangay Captains. This proactive approach aims to ensure that any future projects are based on thorough assessments and community input.

Mayor Maliwanag expressed his gratitude for the agency's prompt response and emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing the challenges posed by El Niño. He also expressed his desire for each barangay to benefit from irrigation projects, emphasizing the need for inclusive development across the municipality.

Prior to this meeting, on February 29, 2024, Acting Division Manager Engr. Maria Victoria O. Malenab along with the IDP Implementers already coordinated with Municipal Administrator Alex Diama and Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) representatives to discuss the effects of El Niño in the municipality.