To combat the effect caused by El Niño, the National Irrigation Administration-Caraga was recipient of the two-unit Drilling Rig for the installation of Shallow Tube Well (SHW) in some affected areas to continue to provide irrigation for the whole year round.

On August 17-18, 2016, the Regional Office conducted two-day Orientation on Operation of Drilling Rig at the NIA Conference Room, Bancasi, Butuan City. The activity includes actual installation and operation of Drilling Rig by the supplier (TRAMAT Merchantile, Inc) at Brgy. Aguinaldo, Bayugan City- one of Andanan-Wawa River Irrigation System (AWRIS) service area.

The participants from the three Irrigation Management Offices (IMOs), Regional Office and from Region 11 observed cautiously as they will operate the said equipment from the mounting of the drilling rig to tube well installation. The supplier also emphasized the importance of the safety precautions to avoid accidents.

Engr. C’zar M. Sulaik, Regional Manager said in his message during the orientation that this installation will have significant impact to our farmers who needs water for irrigation during dry-spell, it is crucial to provide adequate water at the right time to help them during rice production. (By: Jane B. Huqueriza, PRO)

Actual Orientation and Installation of Drilling Rig by the supplier (TRAMAT Merchantile, Inc.) at Brgy. Aguinaldo, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur
on August 18, 2016