(Left) NIA CARAGA Regional Irrigation Manager Engr. C’zar Sulaik led the groundbreaking ceremony of Simulao River Irrigation System in Trento, Agusan del Sur. With him were (Right) Agusan del Sur 2nd District Representative Cong. Evelyn P. Mellana and (Middle) Trento, Agusan del Sur Mayor William Calvez​.

NIA CARAGA - Almost 1,933 farmers will again benefit from the full potential of Simulao River Irrigation System in Trento, Agusan del Sur. The Ground Breaking Ceremony for Simulao RIS funded under National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) commenced yesterday, October 25.

The project which has an aggregate service area of 3,154 hectares will rehabilitate and improve diversion dams, main canals, drainage canals, canal structures, steel gates, on-farm structures, and service roads.

NIA together with PHILRICE will implement the project which cost P184.87 million partly funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Government. It is set to serve at least 16 Irrigators Associations (IAs) not only for irrigation purposes but also for capacity building activities as the project also includes construction of IAs offices in Trenton and Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.

It is projected to be completed by 2018, targeting to enhance rice self-sufficiency and to establish sustainable Operation and Maintenance (O&M) system within the area.