NIA PIONEERS AUTOMATION OF BATANG-BATANG RIS TO BENEFIT OVER 2,000 FARMERS IN NARRA

Narra, Palawan - As part of the Agency’s broader commitment to modernize irrigation infrastructure and agricultural practices in the province, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) MIMAROPA Regional Manager, Ronilio M. Cervantes, and Palawan Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Division Manager Armando L. Flores have successfully inaugurated the completed intake house with automated sluice and intake gates at Batang-Batang RIS in Barangay Princess Urduja, Narra, Palawan. This pioneering move is set to enhance farming efficiency for over 2,064 farmers across a service area spanning 4,660.36 hectares.

The automation technology covers the fabrication and installation of two (2) units of sluice gates with 3.7KW gear motors, three (3) units of intake gates with 1.1KW gear motors, installation of 50KVA generator set, and construction of the operation house valued at 22 million that offer accurate control of water flow into canals to boost farming productivity and streamline efficient irrigation services even on changing climate conditions.

The NIA MIMAROPA continues to lead innovation in the agricultural sector in the region by implementing advanced irrigation systems that empower farmers and enhance food security.

The event was also participated by Oriental-Marinduque-Romblon (MOMARO) IMO Principal Engineer Ma. Victoria Malenab represented Division Manager Gerardo R. Perez, Palawan IMO Malatgao Batang-Batang River Irrigation System (MBBRIS) Office-In-Charge (OIC) Engr. Nimrod Maceda and staff, Senior Institutional Development Unit (IDU) Sr. Irrigators Development Officer (IDO) Glenda Buenavista, Palawan IMO Unit Heads, Senior Resources Facilities Technicians (SWRFT), and several notable figures including Orlando L. Acaylan and John D. Cayao represented Narra Municipal Agriculturist Eugene Sumaydeng, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Committee on Agriculture Hon. Benedicto Acosta Sr., Ceferino M. Genovea represented Municipal Mayor Hon. Gerandy Danao, Batang-Batang RIS Federation President Loreto Briones, Princess Urduja Barangay Captain Hon. Roderick V. Quinto and St. Joseph Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Roy A. Vasquez, also attended to bless the automation and structure.