Two new pump projects irrigate strawberries, high value crops in Kibungan, Benguet

Masala Madaymen Irrigators’ Association (IA) represented by its President Dionie Atam accept the Masala CIS and Dalumpi-it SIS, both located in Madaymen, Kibungan, Benguet which were turned over to the IA for operation and maintenance on February 23, 2024. Brgy. Captain John Olayo and IA Secretary Jovy Peniliw served as witnesses.

KIBUNGAN, BENGUET – Farmers in Brgy. Madaymen are able to plant this dry season with the two completed pump irrigation projects constructed by the National Irrigation Systems.

This was according to Dominga Butag, one of the members of the Masala Madaymen Irrigaors’ Association (IA) during the turnover ceremony of Masala Communal Irrigation System (CIS) and Dalumpi-it Small Irrigation System (SIS) to the said farmers’ group for operation and maintenance on February 23, 2024.

The two completed projects were funded in 2023 from NIA’s Restoration of Existing Communal Irrigation System (CIS) and Small Irrigation Project (SIP) fund sources, respectively.

The Masala CIS has a service area of 15 hectares with 20 farmers while the Dalumpi-it SIS has an area of 6 hectares with 15 farmers. Madaymen is one of the biggest producers of strawberries in Benguet. Aside from strawberries, other high-value crops in the area are cabbage, potato, and carrots.

NIA Benguet Provincial Head Godofredo Velaque and Masala Madaymen Irrigators’ Association (IA) President Dionie Atam lead the opening of distribution pipes of one the reservoir tanks of the Dalumpi-it Small Irrigation System in Madaymen, Kibungan, Benguet while Brgy. Captain John Olayo and other IA members look on during the turnover of the system on February 23, 2024.

“Inawat na ay dakdake di iyaman ken Apo Diyos. Pirmi di ragsak mi tay sinan kinalawan di Pilipinas, sinay Munisipyo ay Kibungan ya Barangay Madaymen, esa kami abeh ay naidawatan si tangke ya water pumps. Wada pay di gripo nay a wada pay di hose na,” said Masala Madaymen IA President Dionie Atam.

[We accept this irrigation systems with gratitude to God. We are happy that of all the areas in the Philippines, this Municipality of Kibungan and Barangay of Madaymen, we are one of the beneficiaries of irrigation tanks and water pumps, complete with distribution pipes and pipelines.]

With a contract cost amounting to P3.052 million, the completed facilities of the Masala CIS are 6 units concrete reservoir tanks, 2 units 16 horsepower diesel engine and pump with pumphouse and intake tank, 530 linear meters HDPE pipes and 1,290 meters GI pipes.

Meanwhile, having a contract cost of P2.16 million, facilities of the Dalumpi-it SIS are 5 units concrete reservoir tanks, 2 units 10 HP diesel engine pump each with complete accessories, pumphouse and intake tank, and a total of 2,560 meters HDPE pipes.

Engr. Godofredo Velaque urged irrigators to also consider environment in their management of irrigation systems and plant trees along water sources and watersheds so that water supply is maintained.

The turnover ceremony was witnessed by Brgy. Captain John Olayo, NIA-CAR Institutional Development Head Paulita Yagyagan, other barangay officials, other NIA staff and IA members.

Photo Caption 1: Masala Madaymen Irrigators’ Association (IA) represented by its President Dionie Atam accept the Masala CIS and Dalumpi-it SIS, both located in Madaymen, Kibungan, Benguet which were turned over to the IA for operation and maintenance on February 23, 2024. Brgy. Captain John Olayo and IA Secretary Jovy Peniliw served as witnesses.

Photo Caption 2: NIA Benguet Provincial Head Godofredo Velaque and Masala Madaymen Irrigators’ Association (IA) President Dionie Atam lead the opening of distribution pipes of one the reservoir tanks of the Dalumpi-it Small Irrigation System in Madaymen, Kibungan, Benguet while Brgy. Captain John Olayo and other IA members look on during the turnover of the system on February 23, 2024.