TUBA, BENGUET – A farmers’ group in Brgy. Camp 3 in this municipality will now be in-charge in the operation and maintenance of the completed Buo Salat Gumbao Small Irrigation Project after a simple turnover ceremony was held at the project site on June 10, 2022.
The Buo Salat Gumbao Small Irrigation Project was turned over by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Benguet Satellite Office to the Salat Guembao Buo Ampasit Farmers Irrigators Association.
With a total project cost of P3 million pesos from the CY 2021 Small Irrigation Project fund, the project involved the construction of four intake tanks and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipelines with a total length of 4.44 kilometers.
The project benefits 37 farmers and has a total service area of 12.25 hectares being cultivated for high-value crops.
Mr. Leonardo Pio, president of the Irrigators’ Association, said that the beneficiaries are thankful that the government thru the NIA funded their resolution for irrigation.
Governor Melchor Diclas encouraged the Irrigators’ Association to strengthen their unity and avail of the programs offered by the government, such as the loan program offered by the Provincial Government to qualified organizations.
The turnover ceremony was also attended by the barangay officials headed by Chairperson Dalmaia Dino and other members of the Salat Guembao Buo Ampasit Farmers Irrigators Association.
Buo Salat Gumbao SIP is one of the 27 projects of Benguet under the CY 2021 allocation.
Engr. Godofredo Velaque underscored that the NIA will start devolving the function of the development of communal irrigation systems to the local government units which are under the 1st to 4th class municipalities this year.
This is per Executive Order No. 138 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations which mandate the National Government to begin transferring certain functions to LGUs. The Supreme Court Mandanas-Garcia ruling affirmed that local government units are entitled to a “just share” on all national taxes collected and not only from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
LGUs will have an increase in the overall Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) shares and are expected to assume delivery of services which have been devolved to them under Republic Act 7160, the Local Government Code of 1991.
Photo Caption: Provincial Governor Melchor Diclas and NIA Benguet Satellite Office Provincial Head Godofredo Velaque together with the Irrigators’ Association President Leonardo Pio and Barangay Chairperson Dalmaia Dino led the ribbon-cutting of the turnover ceremony of the Buo Salat Gumbao Small Irrigation Project in Brgy. Camp 3, Tuba, Benguet on June 10, 2022. The project benefits 37 farmers and has a total service area of 12.25 hectares being cultivated for high-value crops.