LONOY JAGNA – On Thursday, September 7, 2017, the National Irrigation Administration Regional Office 7 formally conveyed the use and maintenance of the newly constructed Upper Cansuhay Communal Irrigation system to the Irrigators Association of Barangay Lonoy, Jagna Bohol.
Engr. Ramon A. Bugacia, the newly installed Regional Irrigation Manager personally facilitated the turnover.
It was his first attended CIS turnover ceremony since assuming his new assignment as head of NIA R7 last August 16, 2017.
In his turnover message, Bugacia told the IA beneficiaries to take good care of the irrigation systems because it will be for their own benefit.
He also said that the CIS constructed by NIA are designed to last for 50 years and above. “Its operability and efficiency will depend on your care and maintenance” said Bugacia
Engr. Bugacia assured the farmers that more projects beneficial to the IAs will be facilitated in his term. “Rest assured that more CIS will be constructed even if the service areas are not big enough since it is my desire to bring NIA closer to all the farmers.” added Bugacia
As a veteran Irrigator Development Officer and having served the institutional system for almost 40 years, Bugacia is optimistic that the IAs in Upper Cansuhay will understand each other to foster unity, citing past experiences in his previous regional assignments that the most common problem he had encountered is the internal conflict among the farmers which caused the destruction of the irrigation systems.
“Because of misunderstanding, farmers will get jealous with each other and will cause the destruction of the canals so that other farmers will not benefit from It.” said Bugacia
Bugacia also told the IA officials to orient the members about the importance of taking good care of the irrigation systems. He added that in order incorporate the importance of care for the irrigation systems, IAs should be the ones working as labourers in the construction projects under the force account so that they will care for the structures since they are the ones building it and at the same time it will provide them additional livelihood.
He also encouraged the farmers to return in organic way of farming in order to save operational cost.
For his part, IA president Medelino M. Acedo expressed his sincerest gratitude to NIA R7 headed by RM Bugacia. He assured Bugacia that he will spearhead the care and maintenance of the irrigation systems because as one of beneficiaries it will boost his cropping production.
The 2 million CIS will serve the 23 hectares rice fields and benefit the 84 Irrigator’s Association members in Lonoy Jagna.
The project was accomplished thru the lead efforts of Engr. Edmond A. Daniel as the project in charge and Ana G. Piquero as the IDO.