NIA turns over completed irrigation system to Benguet irrigators

Walk through and inspection of the completed diversion weir and other facilities of the Ambongdolan Communal Irrigation System in Tublay, Benguet was conducted by the farmer-members of the Tagek Kulas Irrigators’ Association, barangay officials together with officials from NIA and DAR before the system turnover on July 3, 2020.

Tublay, Benguet—The National Irrigation Administration-CAR turned over the recently completed Ambongdolan Communal Irrigation System (CIS) to the Tagek Kulas Irrigators’ Association of Brgy. Ambongdolan in this town on July 3, 2020, in time for the planting season for rice in the area.

The Ambongdolan CIS has a service area of 17 hectares with 20 farmer-beneficiaries. Funded under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-Irrigation Component (CARP-IC) CY 2019, the construction of the irrigation project including its survey had a total project cost of P4 million.

Before the simple turnover, a joint inspection and walk through of the completed facilities was conducted by the Irrigators’ Association officials and farmer-members and barangay officials together with officials of the NIA, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and contractor.

Among the completed facilities are a diversion weir, intake, 403-meter concrete lined canal, 1.02-kilometer HDPE pipelines, four units of turnouts and one-unit overhead drainage.

“Maintenance and clearing of the irrigation canals and diversion point are now easier because these are concreted,” said Demer Velasco, president of the Tagek Kulas Irrigators’ Association. According to Velasco, the farmer-members plant rice from July-December and various crops as second crop from January-May.   

As the irrigation system is now turned-over, the Tagek Kulas IA whose members are all the farmer-beneficiaries shall be in-charge of the operation including water distribution and maintenance of the irrigation system.  The association underwent training on Financial Management System and Basic Leadership and Development Course in 2019. NIA has scheduled a System Management Training sometime this September when the planting season is over.

Photo Caption: Walk through and inspection of the completed diversion weir and other facilities of the Ambongdolan Communal Irrigation System in Tublay, Benguet was conducted by the farmer-members of the Tagek Kulas Irrigators’ Association, barangay officials together with officials from NIA and DAR before the system turnover on July 3, 2020.