Occidental Mindoro - In line with the agency’s ongoing initiative to foster collaboration among various government agencies and private sectors to enhance the well-being of farmers and other stakeholders within the agricultural sector, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) - Occidental Mindoro Irrigation Management Office (OMIMO), under the leadership of Division Manager Raymundo L. Calusin, has undertaken a coordinated effort with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the FY 2024 NIA-DPWH Convergence - Katubigan Program.
The two agencies conducted a joint inspection pertaining to the construction of protection works for the Lusakan Small Irrigation Project (SIP) at Barangay Barahan in Sta. Cruz, amounting to P20M. This project under the DPWH-NIA Convergence Program is part of the agency's priority project which aims to implement measures for a safer environment by mitigating floods in the said municipality.
DPWH personnel led by Engr. Dianne N. Lopez, Engineer II/Flood Control Coordinator, and Mr. Reuben Tajonera from the survey team facilitated the inspection. They were assisted by NIA-OMIMO personnel Engr. Nojario T. Baladjay, Engr. Gefril L. Perez, and Economist Jinky E. Santos. Lusakan-Sinagtala Irrigators Association (IA) Chairman Rogelio Victoriano, Lusakan-Sinagtala IA Vice Chairman Rex T. De Jose, and Pola-Basaran IA Chairman Agosto D. Poblete were also present during the inspection.
With the steadfast support of NIA MIMAROPA Acting Regional Manager Ronilio M. Cervantes, this project will surely bring long-term benefits to the community of Occidental Mindoro by safeguarding their livelihoods and reducing the impact of natural disasters.