PAMACSALAN, PILAR –The National Irrigation Administration Regional Office 7 (NIA R-7), through the Bohol Irrigation Management Office (IMO) formally turned over on Friday, July 6, 2018, the newly completed Kubi Small Irrigation Project (SIP) to its beneficiary.
The beneficiary is the Pilar Kubi Irrigators Association Inc. of Barangays Pamacsalan, Anibongan, Aurora and Lumbay, Pilar, Bohol, headed by its president Epipfanio B. Pojas for them to handle the operation and maintenance of the said irrigation system.
The turnover ceremony was attended by the NIA R-7 Regional Manager Modesto G. Membreve, Bohol IMO personnel, Irrigator’s Association (IA) officers and members, Gov. Chatto’s representative – Renerio Makinano, Cong. Arthur C. Yap’s representative – Rene Espinosa, Mayor Eugenio B. Datahan II’s representative – Adolfo Espuelas Sr., and Barangay officials.
Regional Manager Modesto G. Membreve led the turnover ceremony.
In his turnover message, Regional Manager Membreve expressed his deepest gratitude and appreciation to the people present and to all the persons who helped accomplish the said project.
He made special mentions to the government officials for their unwavering support and effort to make the said project a reality.
He thanked the Almighty Father for his continued intercession which helped make the turnover ceremony a success.
He told the IA beneficiaries how blessed and lucky they are that from among the thousands of barangays in the Philippines, they are one of the several few to receive such irrigation project which will certainly help improve their rice production livelihood.
According to RM Membreve, the Irrigation Service Fee (ISF) is already for free due to its enactment upon the signing of President Duterte last February.
“Since there is no more ISF, I am challenging all the members to exert double effort in planting rice so that you will gain much and at the same time help improve the food security program of the province.” said RM Membreve.
He also added that the NIA is so blessed to have government officials in Bohol who are very supportive to the projects of the agency due to its commitment to secure the good welfare of the farmers.
As final message, RM Membreve told the IA members to maximize the use of the irrigation system and at the same time take good care of it so that the future generations may also benefit from it because it’s designed to last for more than 50 years for the next generation to use.
For his part, IA President Pojas thanked the NIA headed by RM Membreve for accomplishing the said irrigation project.
According to him, the said project was very challenging for him and the NIA personnel because of the resistance from several farmers and landowners who were not cool and supportive to the programs of the government.
He also added that because of the earnest effort of the NIA leadership and the government officials, those people began to understand and realize the purpose and mission of the NIA.
As final message, Pojas assured the dignitaries present and his fellow farmers that he will spearhead the care and maintenance of the irrigation system because it will be for the benefit of all the farmers who depends their livelihood in farming.
Government officials present have also expressed words of thanks and warm congratulations to both the NIA and the IA beneficiary for the successful completion, turnover and acceptance of the said irrigation facility. They have also assured their full support to the leadership of RM Membreve.
The Kubi Small Irrigation Project will cater the 24.8 hectares service areas of Barangays Pamacsalan, Anibongan, Aurora and Lumbay Pilar, Bohol that has 130 strong IA members.
The said project was undertaken by the Clavite Construction & Supply that amounted 24.8 million. It was supervised by Engr. Virgilio G. Buslon as Project In-Charge and Heigene S. Jamil as Institutional Development Officer from the Bohol Irrigation Management Office.