NIA MIMAROPA Manager Inaugurates and Turns Over Irrigation Facilities of Indalawan CIS in Balabac, Palawan

Balabac, Palawan - In a momentous milestone for the development of agriculture in Palawan, NIA MIMAROPA Regional Manager Engr. Ronilio M. Cervantes inaugurated and turned over the newly constructed irrigation facilities of Indalawan Communal Irrigation System (CIS) to the Samahang Maralitan ng Maralitang Magsasaka ng Balabac Association Inc., led by President Eliseo Masangkay, on May 15, 2024, in Barangay Indalawan.

The newly inaugurated irrigation facilities consist of a 498-meter concrete canal lining that benefits 24 local farmers and covers irrigation for 66 hectares of farmland. This endeavor is part of the Agency’s commitment to equip local farmers, particularly in rural areas, with the necessary resources for prosperous and thriving agricultural pursuits. Farmer-beneficiaries of this project can look forward to accessing irrigation for their crops, improving rice yields, and livelihood opportunities.

The members of IA expressed their sincere gratitude to the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), led by Administrator Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen, for the public service efforts and for improving irrigation facilities in Balabac town. Pres. Masangkay commended Regional Manager Engr. Cervantes for being the first director to personally turn over irrigation facilities in their far-flung area and assess the farming situation of their municipality.

“Nagtala ng kasaysayan sa Balabac si Engr. Cervantes bilang kauna-unahang regional director [Manager] na pumunta sa aming liblib na pook upang personal na ibahagi sa ating magsasaka ang proyektong pang-irigasyon at suriin ang iba pang pangangailangan natin sa agrikultura sa ating lugar,” Pres. Masangkay said.

The inauguration was also attended by Palawan Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Division Manager Engr. Armando L. Flores and staff, Balabac Department of Agriculture (DA) Frederick Villanada, Barangay council leaders led by Captain Jaime De Rosas, and IA members.