In a significant step toward environmental conservation and sustainable resource management, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) ceremonial signing has been initiated by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) – Occidental Mindoro Irrigation Management Office (OMIMO) and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Magsaysay. This event, held at the Municipal office, signifies the formal start of the Caguray River Irrigation System (RIS) Integrated Water Resources Management Plan.
The foundation of this plan is closely linked to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Memorandum Circular (DMC) No. 2008-05, which provides guidelines for the preparation of Integrated Watershed Management Plans (IWMP) and programs for the 143 watersheds supporting the National Irrigation System (NIS) throughout the country. The Caguray watershed, situated in Occidental Mindoro, is notably identified as one of the critical rivers requiring intensive attention.
Supported by NIA-MIMAROPA Acting Regional Manager Ronilio M. Cervantes, the MOA was formally signed by key representatives, including NIA-OMIMO Division Manager Raymundo L. Calusin, Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of Engineering and Operations, Nojario T. Baladjay Jr., Municipal Mayor of Magsaysay, Hon. Cesar M. Tria, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Lord Priam V. Cordova. EnP. MPA, and Municipal Agriculturist Richard V. Ochavez.
Facilitating the event, the NIA team, consisting of Senior Water Resource Facility Technician (SWRFT) Judy Flores, Economist Jinky E. Santos, Environmental Analyst Nadelyne Joy T. Pastro, Hydrologist Elson M. Castillo, Community Relations Officer Ronnie G. Rapillo, and Research Assistant Florielle Mae A. Tendido, ensured the smooth progress of the ceremony, while the LGU Magsaysay staff bore witness to this significant milestone.
The Caguray RIS Integrated Water Resources Management Plan represents hope for environmental sustainability in Occidental Mindoro, promising to safeguard the region's natural resources, secure the livelihoods of its residents, and contribute to the overall well-being of the local community.