Sta. Maria, Romblon - In a ceremony held on August 1, 2023, NIA MIMAROPA under the leadership of Acting Regional Manager Ronilio M. Cervantes, the Mindoro Oriental-Marinduque-Romblon (MOMARO) Irrigation Management Office (IMO) headed by Division Manager Gerardo R. Perez, officially turned over the P5-million Concepcion Sur Communal Irrigation System-Solar Pump Irrigation Project (CIS-SPIP) to 22 farmers in the municipality of Sta. Maria in Romblon.

This project has a service area of 10 hectares located at Brgy. Concepcion Sur in the said municipality.

The project involves the installation of solar panels, water tank, control panel house, drain box, valve box, pedestal for solar mounting, and a 2” diameter HDPE pipeline.

During the ceremony, the NIA MOMARO IMO presented an overview of the irrigation project. He further explained that the system would be powered solely by solar energy, eliminating the need for electricity or fuel expenses. This would allow the farmers to efficiently irrigate their fields without any additional costs.

Concepcion Sur IA President Albina S. Mortel, further expressed her gratitude to NIA for their support in implementing the said project in Brgy. Concepcion Sur. She emphasized that this project would greatly benefit the farmers in increasing their income.

The event was attended by Romblon Provincial Irrigation Officer-in-Charge (PIO) Leonora C. Calusin, Institutional Development Program (IDP) Implementers, Mayor Lorilie M. Fabon, Barangay Captain Domingo C. Cezar Jr., Municipal Agriculturist Engineer Ramil L. Fabon, Sangguniang Barangay Committee Chairman on Agriculture Marlyn Mariño, and Pastor Adonis Madau.