The newly completed Dike Apitong Communal Irrigation System in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) turned over the management of Sta. Maria communal irrigation project (CIP) and Dike Apitong communal irrigation system (CIS) to the Samahang Magpapatubig and Apitong at Sta. Maria Inc. Irrigators Association (AI) on May 5, 2017 at Naujan, Oriental Mindoro.

Sta. Maria CIP, amounting to P3.6 million, will benefit 96 farmers of Brgy. Sta. Maria and will irrigate 120 hectares, while Dike Apitong CIS, amounting to P11 million, will benefit 83 farmers of Brgy. Apitong and will irrigate 80 hectares.

Engineering and operations division manager Cesar M. Pobre together with MOMARO IMO acting division manager Lowell L. Lozano and IA president Leony T. Masikap led the inauguration and turnover ceremony. Present also were Naujan Mayor Mark N. Marcos, Oriental Mindoro board member Jojo Perez, and barangay chairmen Teodorico G. Gupit and Carmelo G. Gupit.

Engr. Lozano conveyed NIA’s appreciation towards the IAs cooperation and participation in the completion and success of the said irrigation projects. He encouraged the IA to always do their part in its operation and maintenance.

Engr. Pobre said that NIA will continue to provide technical assistance to the IA even in the absence of irrigation service fees.

Mayor Marcos stated that the munipality of Naujan showcased a huge potential in terms of agricultural productivity with its good quality of rice. More land areas are being converted into rice land. He also conveyed their appreciation for the support of NIA to the farmers of Naujan.