Republic Act No. 10969, also known as Free Irrigation Service Act (FISA) is a law that aims to provide vital support in lowering the farmers’ cost of production while increasing agricultural productivity through the provision of efficient and reliable free irrigation service. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the law on February 2, 2018, and became effective on February 24, 2018.
Irrigators’ Associations (IA) all over the Province of Antique with existing IMT contracts are simultaneously conducting their canal clearing activities in preparation for Dry Crop 2022. Canal clearing activities were conducted last September 3, 2021. These activities are part of the commitment of IAs to the Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) contract, which they have signed with the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).
Several IAs under IMT Contract of different National Irrigation Systems keep on securing what is best for the farmers. The IMT Contract states that every IA who have undergone the said contract should maintain a clean canal in order for unobstructed water delivery.
Through the collaborative efforts of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, Local Government Unit of Valladolid together with Barangay Mabini and Mabini Palaka Irrigator's Association, the road surfacing of irrigation service road in Brgy. Mabini, Valladolid moved forward on August 3 to 6, 2021. Even under the provisions of the IATF on Covid-19, the efficiency of every worker was not compromised. This joint undertaking helped steer the realization of NIA for faster and improved service.
Aklan-Capiz Irrigation Management Office implements a weekly garbage patrol and hauling of garbage that obstruct the canals under the Aklan River Irrigation System East Side. This activity is conducted every Friday as agreed between NIA and the Irrigators’ Associations. NIA provides dump trucks while some IA and NIA personnel from the operations and maintenance section haul and dispose the garbage. To ensure the quality and efficiency of the activity, an inspection is conducted after the operation.
Irrigators’ Association leaders of Aklan River Irrigation System (ARIS) East and West Side, together with NIA personnel held a Mid-Season Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Conference at Aklan-Capiz Irrigation Management Office, Linabuan Sur, Banga, Aklan conducted last August 31, 2021. During the meeting, IA presidents and NIA, represented by Engr. Julieta E. Gallardo, Engineering and Operations Chief, reviewed the dry crop performance and implementation of IAs’ Maintenance plans.
NIA Antique IMO continues to fast-track construction of 549-m bench flume of Sibalom-San Jose Irrigation System at Sibalom, Antique despite the threat of the Delta Variant in the province. As of August 20, 2021, 300 meters of bench flume was already constructed. This is 70.07% actualbproject accomplishment against the 61.63% target. Construction started on June 9, 2021 and is targeted to be completed on November 5, 2021. Upon completion, 300 farmer beneficiaries of SIHAMSA South (Sibalom-Hamtic-San Jose IA) willbenefit from this project helping provide water to 565 hectares of farmland.
The National Irrigation Administration, Iloilo-Guimaras Irrigation Management Office has ten (10) solar pumps projects amounting to 28.6Million allotted for the provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras. These were funded under the Establishment of Ground Pump Irrigation Project or EGPIP. These projects will serve the farmers of the municipalities of Banate, Batad, Dingle, Leon, Miag-ao, Mina, San Miguel, and Sara in the province of Iloilo, and the towns of Nueva Valencia and Sibunag in Guimaras. The remaining five (5) contract works are ongoing.
NIA Antique IMO personnel and the farmers of San Rafael, Patnongon Communal IA, Inc gathered for a Resource Mapping Meeting under the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) on August 14, 2021.
EPAHP aims to improve the lives of Filipino people as one of the banner programs of the Inter- Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger, which intends to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture in the Philippines.