MAP-IP official handover to operations

During the activity, farmers in Mat-I, Ambacon, Pinana-an Irrigation Project (MAP-IP) are overjoyed as they eagerly await the project's official handover to operations.

The project, with a total cost of P584 million, will irrigate 1,200.80 hectares with 593 farmer beneficiaries headed by President Leandro R. Fabre of the Las Nieves Federated Irrigators Association. The project covers two municipalities: Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte and Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, with a 12.2 km main canal and a 1.235 km main canal for supplementary dam.

The unveiling and signing of Notice of Operation was led by NIA Deputy Administrative for Engineering & Operation Sector, Engr. C’zar M. Sulaik together with Acting Regional Irrigation Manager Engr. June Nathaniel S. Plaza and NIA Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands Irrigation Management Office (ASDI-IMO) Acting Division Manager Adeline H. Manlunas held at MAP-IP Dam, Tagabase, Ezperanza, Agusan del Sur on April 12, 2022 at 9:00 in the morning.

According to DA Sulaik, because of the coordination and frequent follow-up of the Irrigators' Associations and Local Government Units to the NIA top management, the project is able to proceed to its implementation. He also said that the agency faced various obstacles and challenges throughout the implementation of the projects, but that thankfully, the NIA Caraga, with the assistance of all stakeholders, completed the project in February 2021.

RM Plaza stated that the NIA's ultimate goal is to improve agricultural productivity and help our farmers augment their income to sustain their family’s needs. He also added that the event will mark the official turnover of the irrigation project in this part of the region, and once the facility starts generating benefits for all the residents in the area, the agency will see a brighter future for the farmers. The Presidents of MAP-IP and their Boards of Trustees, NIA ASDI IMO and Caraga Regional personnel, and other stakeholders attended the ceremony.

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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