TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan—As new Regional Irrigation Manager (RIM) of Cagayan Valley, National Irrigation Authority, Engr. Raymundo Apil on March 12, 2019 emphasized in focusing on rehabilitation and development of existing irrigation system in the region.
During the Tipan-tipan in Philippine Information Agency Regional Office 2 (PIA-2), Apil stated some of his main points as new RIM of NIA-2.
Last year, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed into law the Republic Act 10969, or the Free Irrigation Act in to law, the measure, which waives irrigation fees for farmers who owns eight hectares of land or less.
“Upon the effectivity of this Act, all farmers with landholdings of eight (8) hectares and below are hereby exempted from paying irrigation service fees (ISF) for water derived from national irrigation systems (NIS) and communal irrigation systems (CIS),” the law stated.
“NIA targets farmers to have more productive cropping and quality produce”, Apil said.
Meanwhile, Apil also said that El Niño phenomenon threatens our farmers and we can’t stop the change of this climate but what they can do is to help them minimize the effect of this phenomenon.
Until June this year, farmers will be experiencing a very hot climate due to El Niño.
More Irrigation System
This 2019, NIA-2 stated a project, Tumauini Multi-purpose Irrigation which could cater thousands of hectares in the region that will cost around 200 million pesos.
Apil explained that 65 percent of the whole region for free irrigation system has been already provided to the farmers.
Recently, an alleged terrorist group, New People’s Army (NPA) destroyed heavy equipment of private contractors in Baggao, Cagayan which supposedly be used for creating an irrigation system in the said place.
Allegedly, the NPA claims that they burned the equipment because it will be used for mining.
Apil clarified that might be that the people was not well-aware of the project which why they allegedly destroyed.
“We will continue it because it will be a primary loss for the people there. We will make them understand the project”, Apil extended.
So far, NIA-2 said that there are 450 thousand potential hectares to develop with irrigation system and 65 percent of the total target is already been provide.
NIA-2 targets the remaining 35 percent or 127 thousand hectares to have their own irrigation system. northernforum.net