September 14, 2017 - 12:03pm

Irrigators’ association members of Timoy CIS in Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet are happy with the support of Gen. Ricardo Visaya (Ret.),  NIA’s top official, during his visit to their irrigation system and vegetable farms on June 16.

La Trinidad, Benguet—Gen.  Ricardo Visaya (Ret.), the top official of the National Irrigation Administration, seemed to be in long-term friendship with Remegio Capdos, president of the Kebeng Bagan Irrigators Association Inc., when they met for the first time at the Timoy Communal Irrigation System (CIS) on June 16.

The open and direct conversation style of the administrator facilitated the easy dialogue with the... read more

July 10, 2017 - 5:09pm

Mr. Jaime Muyao together with his neighbors in Brgy. San Quintin, Rizal, Kalinga used to observe the sky for signs of rain which usually motions the start of a farming season. If lucky, he would be able to plant his 2.7 hectares of rice farm. Even then, if rain is not sustained during the vegetative growth of rice, he would harvest only the minimum cavans of palay, or worse during drought, nothing.

In the same municipality, Mrs. Dorothy Antonio of Brgy. Bulo had to keep a night watch at a creek so she could have a chance to direct water to her farm through a surface water pump because there were lesser farmers competing for water when nightfall came.... read more

July 10, 2017 - 5:09pm

Proper documentation of all activities, formulation  and strict implementation of polices are among the best practices of the Outstanding Irrigators’ Associations (IA) in Davao, which, like the Taloy Sur and Bolo Burobor IAs of CAR, were also nationally awarded.

This was shared by Brian Ducat, president of Taloy Sur IA, after their interaction with the farmer-leaders of three best IAs from Davao del Sur, namely Badagoy IA in Magsaysay, San Isidro FIA in Carmen, San Agustin Ruparan Barangay Irrigators Development Association in Digos City during their visit on December 13-15, 2016.

IAs in Davao have a... read more

July 10, 2017 - 5:10pm

While cultural traditions seem to dwindle in practice as years pass by, the ‘ob-obbo’ of Agasil Irrigators’ Association in Brgy. Gonogon, Bontoc, Mountain Province beg to differ.

Even before development came in, farmers were maintaining and operating their irrigation systems the ‘ob-obbo’ way, a cultural practice that has its root in the traditional system of the Igorots in Mountain Province, which was passed on from ancient generation up to the present. The ‘ob-obbo’ is a cooperative work with no expected money in return. All water users are obliged to join in the clearing and restoration activities without complain. They bring their own packed lunch... read more

November 24, 2016 - 9:27am

Rice terraces carved along mountainsides of the Cordilleras engineered for agriculture by our forefathers have consistently awed tourists and visitors here and abroad. Until today, these rice terraces are cultivated mostly for highland rice varieties during the wet season which takes usually longer than the three to four-month period of hybrid rice varieties in the flat lowland areas.

The Cordillera Administrative Region’s rolling and mountainous topography facilitates irrigation development and farm cultivation in areas of higher elevation than the national three pecent slope criteria. The rice terraces in various provinces of the region are perfect examples of this.

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