Two Solar Powered Pump Irrigation Systems were turned over to the Irrigators’ Associations on November 17, 2021. The first recipient was Gibon Irrigators’ Association at Brgy. Gibon, Nabas, Aklan and PUJAMA Irrigators’ Association, Inc. at Brgy. Mabilo, New Washington, Aklan.
Engr. Lorena B. Sioco, Division Manager of Aklan-Capiz Irrigation Management Office, led the ceremonies and passed the symbolic key of responsibility to the IAs represented by their respective IA Presidents: Mr. Jerome L. Gellang for Gibon IA and Mr. Juaningo B. Bolivar for PUJAMA IA.
Engr. Sioco challenged the IA presidents together with their members to rightfully manage the solar-powered pumps.
“Ang importante gid nga aspect (sang amu ni nga proyekto) ang pag manage o manihar, kag amu ina ang asosasyon. Ipakita naton nga ang ini nga proyekto, naga succeed indi tungod sa physical nga aspect kundi tungod sa mga tawo nga naga manihar sini,“ Engr. Sioco said. (“The important aspect (of this project) is the management of the association. Let us prove that this project will succeed not because of the physical aspect but the people who manage this,” Engr. Sioco said.”)
The project costs P 2.1 M, but according to Engr. Sioco, the maintenance of the project is more practical since nature provides the energy to the pump.
“Masiling ang iban nga mahal ang solar powered pump. Pero kung panumdumon naton, nga once ma-turn over na namon ini sa inyo kag mag operational na ini, ang maintenance sini indi na kamo magproblema kay tungod nga nature ang maga power sini,” Sioco added. (“Others may say that solar-powered pumps are expensive. But if we look to it, once we turn over this and become operational, the maintenance of this will not be a problem since it will be powered by nature,” Sioco added.)
The solar-powered pumps can irrigate 5-10 hectares of rice land, serving 22 farmers at Brgy. Gibon and 20 farmers at Brgy. Mabilo.
One of the requirements for the solar-powered pump is a 100 sq. meter lot for the solar panel and pump house through lot donation. The respective associations thank the land donors, Ms. Loida Francisco for Gibon IA and Mr. Edwin P. Jimenez for PUJAMA IA, also the president of Mabilo Farmers Association.
Hon. Nereo C. Fernandez Brgy. Captain of Mabilo, IA officers, IA board members, barangay council of Gibon and some of NIA personnel graced the events, which also served as witnesses to the ceremonial turnover.