Tinoc, Ifugao—Five irrigation systems in this municipality will now be operated and maintained by organized Irrigators’ Associations (IAs) after the NIA turned over these systems to them in a simple ceremony on August 12, 2021 at the Municipal Gymnasium in Poblacion, Tinoc, Ifugao.
With a total project cost of 23.3 million pesos from various funds, these completed irrigation projects are currently irrigating 96 hectares with 199 farmer-beneficiaries.
“We trust that the Irrigators’ Associations officers and members will work together for the efficient operation and maintenance of these irrigation systems turned over to them and contribute to the productivity of the Municipality of Tinoc as it is one of the producers of quality high value crops,” NIA-CAR Regional Manager Benito Espique, Jr. said.
These irrigation systems are Tandagen Nantakan Communal Irrigation System (CIS) in Brgy. Poblacion which was turned over to Poblacion Tinek Irrigators and Fisherfolks Association Inc., Kaduyungan Creek-Kaduyungan Small Irrigation System (SIS) and Inlimog Wangwang CIS, both in Brgy. Wangwang which were turned over to Wangwang Irrigators Association Inc.
Meanwhile, the Pulag River-Ahin Pula Nambaging SIS in Brgy. Ahin was turned over to Ahin Irrigators and Fisherfolks Association Inc., and the Manaan River-Luhong CIS in Brgy. Luhong was turned over to Manaan Irrigators and Fisherfolks Association Inc.
IA Municipal Federation President Mateo Bernardo expressed gratitude for the completion of the projects and urged his fellow irrigators to be truthful in following the guidelines in the operation and maintenance of the irrigation systems.
Meanwhile, Engr. Patrick Resurreccion, Provincial Head of the NIA Ifugao Satellite Office, urged the irrigators associations to maintain the watersheds and communal forests in the municipality to help sustain irrigation water.
Hon. Solomon Chungalao, Congressman of the Lone District of Ifugao thru his representative Atty. Edmond Kindipan, assures the continuous support of his office and is working together with the local officials towards the betterment of Ifugao. With agriculture as the main livelihood in the area, he mentioned that some farm-to-market roads are about to start construction and appeals for cooperation of the everyone especially in the settlement of right-of-way.
With the many calamities that ravage the region, Tinoc Mayor Samson Benito urged the irrigators’ associations to report immediately to his office or to the NIA damages in irrigation for validation.
The activity was also attended by Tinoc Vice Mayor Fernando Gapuz, and barangay officials.
Photo Caption 1: NIA-CAR Regional Manager Benito Espique, Jr. hands over turnover documents of completed irrigation system in Ifugao to Irrigators’ Association Municipal Federation President Mateo Bernardo while NIA Ifugao Satellite Office Provincial Head Patrick Resurreccion, Atty. Edmond Kindipan of the office of Hon. Solomon Chungalao, Representative of the Lone District of Ifugao, and Tinoc Mayor Samson Benito look on during the turnover ceremony on August 12, 2021 at the Tinoc Municipal Gym.
Photo Caption 2: Irrigators’ Association leaders in Ifugao acceptance papers of irrigation systems turned over to them as NIA and local officials serve as witnesses.