NIA, DAR turn over P18.5 million-worth irrigation project to Kalinga irrigators group

NIA, as implementing agency, represented by NIA-CAR Regional Manager Benito Espique, Jr. turned over the symbolic handwheel of irrigation canal steel gate to the Department of Agrarian Reform, as funding agency, represented by Chief Agrarian Reform Officer Geraldo Alcantara. The symbolic handwheel was then turned over to Jose Aniban Irrigators’ Association represented by its President, Reynaldo Wansi.
Tabuk City, Kalinga—
Members of the Irrigators’ Association of Brgy. Laya West in this town are now enjoying more abundant and more efficient flow of irrigation water with the completion of the Laya West Communal Irrigation Project (CIP) Phase 2 which was turned over to them on July 7, 2021.

With fund source from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-Irrigation Component (CARP-IC) of the Department of Agrarian Reform, Laya West CIP with a total project cost of P18.5 million was implemented by the Kalinga Irrigation Management Office of the National Irrigation Administration.

“Daytoy nga project ket dakkel ti intulong na iti farmers ditoy, landowners man wennu tenants. Manipud idi inmay daytoy a project, ada ngay ti percentage nga ngimatuan ti ap apit ti tattao gapu iti dimmakelan ti danum,” said Reynaldo Wansi, President of the Jose Aniban Irrigators’ Association which will now be in charge in the operation and maintenance of the irrigation system.  [This project has been a big help to farmers here, be they landowners or tenants. With this project, there has been an increase in harvests due to more volume of irrigation water.]

A member of the Jose Aniban Irrigators’ Association learns the operation of the irrigation canal steel gate handwheel after the turnover ceremony of the Laya West Communal Irrigation Project Phase 2. The farmers’ group will now be in charge of the operation and maintenance of the irrigation system.

The project’s Phase 1 was completed in 2019, generating an initial area of 55 hectares. It had a project cost of P10 million where major facilities constructed include a diversion weir, intake, sluiceway and a 654-meter irrigation canal. These facilities were turned-over to the Jose Anniban Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc. in December 2019 for operation and maintenance.

Meanwhile, the Laya West CIP Phase 2 started implementation in May 2020 and was declared completed in January 2021. With a project cost of P18.5 million, it generated an additional area of 78 hectares. This phase 2 enabled the construction of 1.586-kilometer main canal and lateral canals with a total length of 2.292 kilometers, and other canal structures such as road/thresher crossings, check gates and lateral gates.

In total, Laya West CIP Phase 1 and Phase 2 generated a total area of 133 hectares. The project currently benefits 73 farmers.

“Sapay kuma ta usaren yu daytoy nga kustu, ket hopefully daytoy project tau tadta kt isu t maysa nga pagdur-asan ti panagbiyag tayo ditoy Laya West,” said Engr. Benito Espique, Jr., Regional Manager of NIA-CAR. [We hope you will utilize and maintain this irrigation system properly and we hope it will be instrumental in the progress of Laya West.]

Tabuk City Mayor Darwin Estrañero and other local officials of Kalinga led the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Laya West Communal Irrigation Project Phase 2 on July 7, 2021.

The blessing, ribbon-cutting and turn-over ceremonies were also attended by Tabuk City Mayor Darwin Estrañero, Chief Agrarian Reform Officer Geraldo Alcantara, Mr. Reggie Wacas of the Office of the Representative of the Lone District of Kalinga, Hon. Allen Jesse Mangaoang, Atty. William Puday, Jr. of the Office of the Provincial Governor Ferdinand Tubban, Brgy. Captain Hilary Sumbad, PARCCOM Chairperson Andres Ngao-i, other local officials and members of the IA.