April 8, 2016 Caraga Region - P387-million was allotted for the rehabilitation of MAP Irrigation Project, which is damaged by calamities. MAP IP targets 1,200 hectares service area that will benefit the municipalities of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte and Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, 450 farmers from 8 Irrigators Associations (IAS) of Ojot River LAMMP Las Nieves (ORLAN) federated Irrigators under the leadership of Mr. Leandro R. Fabre.
NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, OPAFSAM Secretary Fredelita C. Guiza and Engr. C'zar M. Sulaik led the inauguration and test-run of the P387-million Mat-I Amabacon, Pinana-an Irrigation Project (MAP-IP) in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.
The AWRIS construction of closed conduit and siphon, targets to restore the original service areas of 5,550 hectares that will benefit the 24 IAs in Esperanza and Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur under the FIA President Mr. Fernando O. Meñoza. The P77-M project was completed last February 26, 2016 that helped 2,733 farmers return to their farming activities after being non-operational for 3 cropping seasons.
Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (PAFSAM) Secretary Fredelito C. Guiza, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, and NIA Caraga Manager C'zar M. Sulaik, graced the inauguration and test-run of Mat-I, Amabacon, Pinana-an Irrigation Project (MAP IP) and Andanan-WAWA River Irrigation System, at Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte and Bayugan, Agusan del Sur respectively.
Hon. Ma. Valentina G. Plaza, Congresswoman-1st District, Agusan del Sur, expressed her gratitude to NIA for the fast tracking of the projects implementation to restore the economic loss in their province especially in the agricultural sector. About 600 people witnessed the momentous event participated by Irrigators Associations, Local Government Units, media, and other guests.