Bucay, Abra—Farmers in this town laud the implementation of an irrigation project as it was completed earlier than schedule and in time for their farming season this July.
The Calao Communal Irrigation System (CIS) in Brgy. Calao has a budget allocation of two million pesos from the CY 2018 Balikatan Sagip Patubig Program (BSPP) of the National Irrigation Administration. The project involved the construction of intake structure, turn-outs, concrete canal lining and lateral canals. These facilities will serve an area of 41 hectares cultivated for rice with 30 farmer-beneficiaries organized into Calao Blanco Irrigators’ Association.
Engr. Bradley Grospe, Acting Division Manager of the Engineering and Operations of NIA-CAR, who accompanied the Inspectorate Team during the project inspection lauds the speedy completion of the project especially that the completed facilities are very satisfactory.
According to Roanne Millare, the project-in-charge of Calao CIS, one of the reasons why the project was completed early was due to the cooperation of the farmer-beneficiaries during the project implementation.
Natividad Tejero, one of the farmer-beneficiaries, shares that farmers in their area have existing rules and regulations regarding operation and maintenance of the irrigation facilities. These rules unite them in all their repair, maintenance and other farming activities. Now that Calao CIS is completed and their association is formally organized and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, they will continue with their unity and in instituting policies regarding operation and maintenance of the irrigation system once this is turned over to them by the NIA.
On May 30, 2018, a NIA Stakeholders’ Forum for the Province of Abra was held at the Divine Word College Gymnasium in Bangued, Abra where Gen Ricardo Visaya, the top official of the NIA, announced that the increase budget allocation for irrigation project is in line the President’s ‘build, build, build’ program. Governor Maria Jocelyn Bernos, municipal mayors and other stakeholders present during the forum pledge support to the NIA regarding this endeavor especially that irrigation projects contribute to the improvement of Abreño farmers’ lives.
Photo 1 Caption: Among the beneficiaries of the Calao CIS are empowered women who worked with the men in instituting rules for the maintenance of the irrigation system.
Photo 2 Caption: Portion of the completed irrigation canal of Calao CIS