ENHANCING IRRIGATION SYSTEMS TO BOLSTER AGRICULTURE IN MANSALAY, ORIENTAL MINDORO

Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro - In a collaborative effort aimed at fortifying agricultural resilience in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro, NIA Mindoro Oriental-Marinduque-Romblon (MOMARO) Irrigation Management Office (IMO) convened to strategize improvements in irrigation infrastructure. Senior Engineer John Rhey H. Oprido accompanied by Geodetic Engineer JC Dondon Lamoste, Hydrologist Irvin M. Moreno, and Senior Draftsman Joeriel C. Quinzon, engaged in a productive discussion with Municipal Agriculturist Jemale G. Fajutnao.

The focal point of their deliberations lay in the identification of potential water resources to enhance the existing Don Pedro Communal Irrigation System (CIS) and to expand irrigation services to new areas within the municipality. Following this, a site inspection was conducted primarily along the tributary rivers in Brgy. Sta. Teresita, the Badi River emerged as the sole prospective water resource with the capacity for substantial development to serve irrigation needs.

The implications of this discovery are profound. It is estimated that approximately 355 hectares of farmland could benefit from the proposed enhancements, thereby potentially benefitting 135 farmer beneficiaries across the areas of Brgy. Sta. Teresita and Brgy. Don Pedro in Mansalay. These areas, known to be vulnerable to the adverse impacts of El Niño, stand to gain significantly from strengthened irrigation infrastructure, ensuring more reliable access to water for agricultural purposes.