by April Pearl Naguita    August 24, 2021

In line with developing more areas for irrigation, another solar-powered pump irrigation project, the Bitaogan River- Maputi Small Irrigation Project (SIP), is now in its implementation stage under the Davao Oriental IMO.

The project has a potential service area of 60 hectares which will benefit 48 farmers mostly devoted to rice and some will venture into diversified cropping.

During the groundbreaking ceremony on August 11, 2021, IMO Division Manager Engr. Salome N. Layasan explained that the project is composed of two solar powered-pumps and intake dams, and other structures which will be located separately in Barangays Bitaogan and Maputi in the Municipality of San Isidro. The service area would also traverse both barangays.

Engr Jimmy L. Apostol who led the ceremonial groundbreaking said in his speech that capability building in leadership, system management, and financial management are already in place to equip the IA in handling and sustaining their association. He also assured that in spite of the disruptions brought by Covid-19, the office keeps its focus on doing its mandate for irrigation development. Along with RM Apostol, Management Consultant Gen Gerardo F. Barrientos (Ret), and Admin and Finance Division Manager Joel R. Soriano were also present to show support for the project and to the farmers.

The Office of the Municipal Mayor represented by Councilor Joel Mamac likewise committed to providing trainings and seminars through a farm school and was already facilitating the enlistment of interested farmers during the groundbreaking.

On behalf of Maputi Bitaogan Farmers Irrigators Association (MBFIA) Inc., IA President Samuel O. Canonio, who proudly noted that the majority of the IA Board of Trustees (BOT) are women, expressed how happy they are for after waiting for a long time, the project is now undergoing construction.

The construction of the Php 23.3Million project already commenced in July of this year and is expected to be completed in March 2022.