Project Turn-over with Congresswoman Arlene “Kaka” Javellana Bag-ao (middle), Municipal Mayor of Libjo, Hon. Lamberto T. Llamera (3rd from the left), NIA CARAGA RIM Engr. C’zar Sulaik (2nd from the right), EOD Manager Constancio G. Bana-ay, Jr. (1st  from the right), IA President Mr. Teohides P. Coles (2nd from the left) and SB Bember Avis​.

Libjo, Dinagat Islands - It is the prime duty of the agency to serve the community especially our farmers who continuously contribute to the attainment of a rice self-sufficient country.

These are the challenges embraced by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) together with the Local Government Units (LGUs) during the Inauguration & Turn-over Ceremony of General Aguinaldo Communal Irrigation Project (CIP) held on October 21, 2016 at Brgy. General Aguinaldo, Libjo, Dinagat Islands.

The project draws water from Maraguing Creek and is set to serve 45 has of agricultural lands with 50 farmer-beneficiaries of General Aguinaldo-Maraguing Irrigator’s Association Inc. The said irrigation project has a total cost of P7,478,073.55 under the NIA-RRECIS fund.

General Aguinaldo CIP was implemented by NIA CARAGA thru the leadership of Regional Irrigation Manager (RIM) Engr. C’zar M. Sulaik with supervision of Surigao del Norte (SDN) satellite office.

ASDI IMO Manager Engr. Salome N. Layasan expressed her gratitude for the strong and full support of the LGUs headed by Congresswoman Arlene “Kaka” Javellana Bag-ao of the Lone District of Dinagat Island, Libjo Mayor Lamberto T. Llamera, Board Member Noli Abisand, and Tubajon Vice Mayor Simplicia Pedrablaca.

Newly installed SDN Satellite Office Head Engr. Alexander B. Calo presented the project profile. He further discussed the components and technicalities of the irrigation project.

RIM Sulaik, on the other hand, personally appeals to properly maintain the facilities as well as the watershed as it will help us to provide sufficient water source for irrigation. “Despite the hardship to reach the area I am willing to attend this activity to personally inform you the plans and programs of the agency”, he added.

Meanwhile, during her inspirational message, Cong. Bag-ao said that it is timely to plan the projects and programs of the government to address the needs of our farmers. “We will give the liberty to the agency (NIA) to prioritize the listing as they have the technical expertise”, she noted. 

Cong. Bag-ao emphasized that the goal is definitely to increase the rice production, to lessen importation, and to turn them into a rice self-sufficient province.

Right after the program, a farmers’ forum was conducted as part of participatory approach paving way for a discussion of different issues and concerns on both parties.