Irrigation project supplies water to a world heritage site

Declared as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site in 1995, the Nagacadan Rice Terraces in Nagacadan, Kiangan, Ifugao is being irrigated by an irrigation project of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

The Aliguyon Communal Irrigation System (CIS) located in Kiangan, Ifugao, recently underwent repair works funded under the RRECIS (Restoration, Rehabilitation and Repair of Existing Communal Irrigation Systems) which was completed in September 2018.

The irrigation system has 20 hectares service area which is a portion of the Nagacadan Rice Terraces.

The Aliguyon CIS lined canal stretches to 72 meters and 1.5 kilometers of unlined canal.

According to Mary Ananayo, Irrigators’ Development Officer, the Aliguyon CIS is now under the NIA’s Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) contract with the Nagacadan Farmers Irrigators’ Association, Inc. which signed the contract on July 14, 2019. The IMT contract is a mandate of NIA to delegate the management, operation and maintenance of completed projects to irrigators’ associations to increase rice produce and likewise to the farmers’ income.

The irrigators’ association was registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on December 6, 2018 which composes of 26 farmer members.

Aside from rice as the farmers’ main crop, they also produce tomatoes, beans and other high-value crops in a two-cropping period.

Meanwhile, the Nagacadan Rice Terraces is comparable to the Banaue Rice Terraces and Mayoyao Rice Terraces in Ifugao which were all declared by UNESCO as world heritage sites. These world heritage sites are landmarks and areas which are chosen by the UNESCO as having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance, and are legally protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.#Jean Ananayo