Occidental Mindoro - In line with the National Irrigation Administration’s (NIA) commitment of empowering Irrigators’ Associations through training and developmental programs, the NIA – Occidental Mindoro Irrigation Management Office (OMIMO) conducted the Solar Pump Irrigation Project (SPIP) Operations and Maintenance Seminar in Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro last October 18-20, 2023. Under the leadership of NIA-MIMAROPA Acting Regional Manager Ronilio M. Cervantes and NIA-OMIMO Division Manager Raymundo L. Calusin, this seminar was successfully organized in collaboration with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as part of a convergence program.
The three-day activity was attended by the beneficiaries of the SPIP in San Jose and Magsaysay. The primary objective of the seminar was to enhance their skills and provide them with knowledge on the proper operation and maintenance of the SPIP facility and its surrounding area. By doing so, unnecessary damage to the project can be prevented, and the quality performance of the SPIP can be ensured.
During the first two days of the seminar, TESDA trainers and guest speakers Engr. Jeorge Saracanlao and Mr. Manolo Sotejo provided technical expertise through lectures. The discussions covered both actual and common problems encountered by Irrigators' Associations, as well as familiarization with the components and accessories of the SPIP. On the third day, the participants, trainers, and NIA personnel conducted a site validation visit to the three SPIPs located in Brgy. Sibalat. During this visit, the trainer discussed preventive maintenance and basic troubleshooting techniques.
Facilitated the event were the Institutional Development Unit (IDU), led by Senior Irrigators’ Development Officer (IDO) Edwin V. Arevalo, together with Community Relations Officer Ronnie G. Rapilo, and IDOs Vivian T. Dimzon and Eugene M. Prado. Engr. Niñalyn T. Baladjay was also present during the training.
Through this collaborative effort between NIA and TESDA, the participants of the seminar gained essential skills and knowledge that will enable them to effectively operate and maintain the SPIP in the said municipality.