Kick-off of the LARPIS-Bit-os area operation

Farmers in the Lower Agusan River Pump Irrigation System (LARPIS), notably in the Bit-os area, have been praying for nearly three (3) years that the damaged infrastructure caused by the fire incident in January 2019 will be repaired. They take a chance on cultivating their land and relying on the rain to irrigate their farmlands during that time. Even if they are doubtful whether the rain would suffice, they continue to plant in the hopes that the repair will be realized.

Seeing those hardships, the NIA Caraga was determined to pursue the projects to help the farmers in need of water irrigation. Constant coordination with the top management for the funding of the said repairs was one of the priorities of the region.

Fortunately, the repair was realized at a total cost of P74 million, and it was completed on April 8, 2022. The completion of the repair will benefit 1,205 farmers led by Hon. Allan A. Collado, Federation President, LARPIS-FIA, and will serve 1,313.78 hectares (Bit-os area).

On April 22, 2022, the office held a Blessing and Thanksgiving of Bit-os Pumping Station to kick off the operation of LARPIS at Brgy. Bit-os, Butuan City. The activity also highlighted the ceremonial switching of the main control panel for the submersible pumps, led by Engr. June Nathaniel S. Plaza, NIA Caraga Regional Manager, and Mr. Collado.

Butuan City Agriculturist Pierre Anthony D. Joven expressed his gratitude to the farmers for persevering in their farming despite the challenges they faced and believes that the LARPIS will contribute to the region's rice sufficiency.

According to RM Plaza, the repair is simply the beginning of the system's rehabilitation; the management also intends to build solar projects to lower the cost of electricity. He stressed that the office will investigate the widespread pre-mature and illegal land conversions that are reducing irrigable land and undermining the government's rice sufficiency program.

The IA officials, Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) headed by Brgy. Captain, Hon. Elsa N. Mordeno, Acting EOD Manager, Engr. Rosalina B. Caiña, NIA Caraga personnel, NIA ASDI IMO led by Engr. Adeline H. Manlunas, and other stakeholders attended the activity.

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**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

June Nathaniel S. Plaza, Acting Regional Manager
Atty. Reggie T. Mag-usara, Attorney IV
Jane B. Huqueriza, PRO

Office/Region: NIA Caraga Region
E-mail: r13@nia.gov.ph
Contact Information: (085) 815-2602