A turn-over ceremony was held last April 10, 2014 at Sagawsawan, Mobo, Masbate for the completed Communal Irrigation System (CIS) that was constructed through a tripartite agreement and effort of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Local Government Unit (LGU) of Mobo, Masbate and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).
The convergence effort consisted of DAR shouldering 40 percent of the funding through its Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP III), the LGU of Mobo providing a 60 percent-equity in the project cost, and the NIA, having the technical expertise on irrigation projects, is the implementing agency.
The Sagawsawan CIS worth 2,757,254.42 pesos was lunched on April 10, 2013. It is noteworthy that exactly just one year from its groundbreaking the irrigation system is already complete and ready to be turned-over to the Sagawsawan-Mobo Irrigators Association.
The ceremony was spearheaded by Luis B. Bueno, Jr., DAR Regional Director, Honorable Mayor of Mobo Percival Castillo and Engr. Alan N. Fabricante, Acting Irrigation Management Officer, NIA Sorsogon-Masbate Office.
DAR key officials: Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rodrigo O. Realubit, OIC-PARPO II Samuel R. Ongcal, Jr., OIC-PARPO I Herald Tambal, OIC-MARPO of DARMO-Masbate City-Mobo Edwin C. Yanzon, OIC-CARPO for PPBDD Floro Espares, and Engr. Jovito O. Rejuso, PPMO-ARISP III Rural Infrastructure Engineer; and NIA officials: Homer E. Diokno, Division Manager, Region V and Helsy Bermudez, Project Manager CARP Irrigation Component, NIA-CO also attended the turn-over ceremony.
At the start of the ceremony Mayor Castillo extended his gratitude to DAR and NIA. He said, “Isang daloy ng buhay ang ibinigay nyo saamin, pero dapat parin magtipid ng tubig para mas marami pang residente at magsasaka ang manginabang.”
In response, Engr. Alex Guanting, ARISP III Consultant, congratulated Mayor Castillo and the Sagawsawan-Mobo Irrigators Association for the for its active participation in the project and to the successful construction of the CIS. He thanked the LGU of Mobo for the very substantial equity that it has given to the project.
“Tapos na po ang pagpapagawa ng proyekto…ngunit hindi ito matutupad kung hindi ito tinangap ni Mayor Castillo,” RD Bueno said.
In his message RD Bueno emphasized the importance of the CIS to the community. He said, “the Communal Irrigation System brings a big impact to the food security program of the government. It is too important to the people economically. Indeed a worthy convergence of efforts of DAR, Mobo LGU and NIA.”
The turn-over ceremony which included the signing of the certificate of completion and acceptance was highlighted by the actual handing over of the said certificate from the representative of NIA to DAR then to the LGU of Mobo which finally awarded the same to Irrigators Association President Ponciano Tamayo. Led by the top officials of DAR, LGU Mobo, and NIA, a ceremonial opening of the irrigation dam’s steel gate was also conducted during the activity.
In his closing remarks Engr. Homer Diokno, Regional NIA Division Manager said: “Ang turn-over ay tanda ng pagkakataon para tayo ay magkaisa. Tanda rin ng pagkakaisa para tumaas ang produksyon. Tanda rin ng pagkakaisa para alagaan ang proyekto.”
According to CARP-NIA Irrigation Engineer Helsy Bermudez, the CIS is capable of supplying water and irrigating as much as 100 hectares of farm land.
With its functionality and extensiveness, the completed CIS is expected to improve the crop productivity of all the farmer-residents in the areas where it could supply water, particularly in the LA UMA EXIN PI Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) composed of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) from barangays Lalaguna, Umabay Interior and exterior, and Pinamalatican.
The CIS will also serve as an avenue for strengthening People’s Organizations (POs) and improving connectivity between and among POs, cooperatives, resource institutions and business partners that are in the locality.