GUIMBA, Nueva Ecija — Desilting works and clearing operations have commenced at the service area covered by the Interim Division 6 office of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA)-Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS) in preparation for the wet cropping season to start next month.
Engr. Jose Ariel G. Domingo, Interim Division 6 manager, said his men from the operations and maintenance section and the senior water resources facilities office led by Engr. Arnel Miguel, Eric Estrada, Al John Santos and Joel Servania joined forces with the members of the Maunlad at Masaganang Kabukiran (MMK) farmer irrigators association led by its president Domingo Flores in conducting the desilting and clearing works which started last May 15.
The target of the manual desilting activity was the super diversion canal located from station 50+502 to station 51+930 in Bgy. Cabatuan, Cuyapo.
Domingo said this desilting activity will help achieve the designed canal flow rate to eventually aid the farmers in proper water distribution management in the targeted service area, as irrigation water supply for wet cropping 2021 will start to flow on June 1.
Expected to benefit from this endeavor were 567 farmer-members of the MMK farmer-irrigators association.
Meanwhile, UPRIIS department manager Engr. Rose B. Bote and administrative and finance section chief Milca B. Cayanga led two community pantry activities held at the UPRIIS compound on May 20.
Dubbed “Gifted to Give Activity: Pasa-Food BayaNIAn Community Aid,” the activity, which was organized through the efforts of admin-finance chiefs of all the UPRIIS divisions, was being held as a kick-off activity of the agency’s 58th founding anniversary celebrations scheduled next month, and in pursuit of NIA’s socio-corporate responsibility goals under the administration of NIA chief Ricardo R. Visaya.
Bote said the beneficiaries numbered 100 people, including residents from Bgys. Imelda and San Juan ACCFA, and the San Sebastian Parish Church and St. Nicholas de Tolentine Parish Church.