Irrigators of Mountain Province (MP) gathered as co-irrigator, president, leader of awarded most outstanding Irrigators’ Association (IA) nationwide inspired them on his speech during their first general assembly held at Ridgebrooke Hotel and Restaurant, Bontoc, MP on February 23, 2018.
Themed “Viable Montañosa Federation of Irrigators Association through shared Vision, Values and Responsibilities”, 60 farmers from different Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered IAs of the ten municipalities of MP called the Montañosa Federation of Irrigators Association (MOFIA) happily joined the assembly and enjoyed the gathering as Brian Ducat, President of Taloy Sur IA, the recently awarded as the Most Outstanding Irrigators’ Association nationwide shared ideas on how to build and develop a group with exceptional and viable IA to gain awards and recognitions in the future.
“Practice and update associations and support the source”, said Ducat in his speech being a model IA as he encouraged the MP farmers.
Ducat said in an interview that he was surprised that he was assigned to deliver a message in the MP assembly as according to him, it was his first.
The assembly aimed on strengthening the partnership between and among the NIA and the irrigators’ associations and for the participants to be knowledgeable on the NIA updates and other agencies’ requirements on advancing the associations’ role on project implementation.
Also, the assembly focused on the awareness of the status of the federation, the review and finalization of the federation’s policies and the preparation of the three-year term plan for the years 2018 to 2020.
Unlike most gatherings and meetings, the general assembly had Ducat to share his ideas and tips regarding the areas that made them the most outstanding in the year 2017. According to Kurleen Ticangen, Ducat’s message would soon be shared by the presidents and representatives of the IAs to their members in order to create possible contenders for future recognition and awarding.
The MOFIA is formally a registered corporation since May 30, 2013 and up to now, there are 130 members from the 10 municipalities of MP.
Meanwhile, Ducat said that Taloy Sur IA is targeting an extension of its members and area in the year 2019 and he is encouraging his members to improve the group.//Jean Ananayo
Photo Caption: Taloy Sur Irrigators’ Association President Brian Ducat inspires his fellow irrigators of the Montañosa Federation of Irrigators Association in Mountain Province during their general assembly on February 23, 2018.