From L-R: Engr. Loayon, EOD Manager Engr. Fusingan, Mr. Makinano, Engr. Espinosa, Dimiao Mayor, Guivencan, Mr. Gulay, Catugasan Brgy.Capt. Cagud Jr., and IA Pres. Cagud Sr.
CATUGASAN, DIMIAO – On Friday, March 16, 2018, the National Irrigation Administration Regional Office 7, through the Bohol Irrigation Management Office formally turned over the newly completed Catugasan Communal Irrigation System (CIS) to its beneficiary, the Dimiao Catugasan Irrigators Association Inc. of Barangay Datag and Catugasan, Bohol, headed by its president Antonio N. Cagud Sr. for them to handle the operation and maintenance of the said irrigation system.
The turnover ceremony began at around 9:30 in the morning and was attended by the NIA R-7 EOD Acting Manager, IMO personnel, IA officers, 2nd Dist. Cong. Yap’s representative – Engr. Rene Espinosa, Gov. Edgar M. Chatto’s representative – Mr. Renerio Makinano, Mayor Danilo M. Guivencan, and Barangay officials.
Engr. Franklin F. Fusingan, the Acting Division Manager of the Engineering and Operations Division, led the turnover ceremony in behalf Regional Manager Modesto G. Membreve who was in Cebu City to attend the Regional Development Council (RDC) Full Council Meeting.
In his turnover message, Engr. Fusingan told everyone that in as much as the NIA Region 7 Regional Manager Modesto G. Membreve wanted to grace this activity; he cannot do so because he is in Cebu City today to attend a very important affair which is the Regional Development Council (RDC) Full Council meeting that will approve and indorse the projects of the region to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).
He also expressed words joy for the successful completion of the project and made special mentions to all the government officials present for their steadfast support to the NIA projects in their jurisdictions.
“As one of the public officials tasked to implement the projects of the agency for the farmers, it is my honour and pride to be here and facilitate the transfer of this structure to its beneficiaries for their lifetime use.” added Engr. Fusingan
As final message, Engr. Fusingan told the IA officers and members to vigorously maintain the operability of the irrigation system because it will help improve their livelihood and so that the future generation will also benefit from it.
He also added that mutual respect, cooperation and unity must always exist among all the members of the IA because without it, the structure will not last long because its maintenance must not be done only by one or the several few but all the members of the organization.
Mayor Danilo M. Guivencan who graced the said activity expressed words of thanks and gratitude to all the personnel of the NIA R-7 headed by Regional Membreve for giving such God given project to the Municipality of Dimiao, which according to him will boost the livelihood of the farmers.
“I would like to encourage the IA members to take good care of the irrigation system so that the NIA leadership will be encouraged to add more projects like this in our place because they will see that you appreciate and value their work of building irrigation systems.” added Mayor Guivencan
As parting words, Mayor Guivencan reaffirmed and assured the NIA personnel present of his continued and unwavering support to its projects in his municipality.
For his part, IA President Antionio N. Cagud Sr. expressed his words of gratitude to the NIA Region 7 headed by RM Membreve for its successful completion and turnover of the project which the IA members will benefit.
According to him, the people of Catugasan are very happy and proud because the irrigation system which their fore fathers and elders have dreamed for several decades have become a reality.
“Since the dream of our fore fathers and elders is in our hands now, I assure all of you here present that the IA officers and members will not fail our ancestors by cultivating, and maintaining the operability of this structure.” added Cagud.
The Catugasan Small Irrigation System project will cater the ninety (90) hectares service areas of Barangay Datag and Catugasan, Dimiao, Bohol that have forty one (41) strong IA members.
The said project was undertaken through the force account works that amounted two million five hundred thousand (2.5M) pesos. It was supervised by Engr. Maria Cesarea L. Cagaanan as project in-charge, Ana G. Piquero and Rhea Mae R. Dumayac as Institutional Development Officers from the Bohol Irrigation Management Office.