NIA XI Holds Soft Inauguration of P622Million Irrigation Project in New Corella, Davao del Norte

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (center) at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Upper Saug River Irrigation Project (RIP) along with the newly appointed Deputy Administrator for Admininstrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du (third from right) on April 8, 2022 at the dam site in Brgy. Cabidianan, New Corella, Davao del Norte. With them is (from right) the NIA XI Regional Manager Jimmy L. Apostol, Maria Jerese Du, and (from left) Davao del Norte Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Division Manager Larry C. Franada, IA President Gil B. Japay of SARONISULIA, Inc., and Mrs. Mildred L. Visaya.

by: April Pearl Naguita

Ensuring that farmers can already avail of the irrigation service in the approaching planting season, the National Irrigation Administration Regional Office XI pushes through with the soft inauguration of Upper Saug River irrigation Project (RIP) in New Corella on April 8, 2022.  

The diversion dam of the big ticket project sits in Brgy. Cabidianan, New Corella, Davao del Norte

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya along with Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du led the Soft Inauguration of the big-ticket project at its dam site located in Barangay Cabidianan. The project, through the provision of efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service, will benefit 980 hectares of farms spanning over five barangays in the municipality.

A closer look of the diversion dam reveals the lifting mechanisms of the sluice gates.

The construction involved a diversion dam and its pertinent structures, irrigation facilities, supplemental drainage, road systems and slope-protection works.

Davao del Norte Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Division Manager Larry C. Franada explained during the Soft Inauguration program held at the New Corella Gym, that although the inauguration was partial, the completed structures can already serve 407 hectares with 141 farmer beneficiaries.

Davao del Norte IMO Division Manager Larry C. Franada reading the Project Profile of Upper Saug RIP during the Soft Inauguration Program on April 8, 2022 at the New Corella Municipal Gym.

Regional Manager Jimmy L. Apostol acknowledged the support from the national government through President Rodrigo R. Duterte, and the different offices of the provincial, municipal and barangay Local Government Units (LGU), and of the Indigenous Peoples of the Manguangan and Dibabawon tribes.

Regional Manager Jimmy L. Apostol delivering the opening message at the Soft Inauguration Program.

The feasibility study of the project took years to be finalized as the design scheme and location had to be changed.

NIA Administrator Visaya explained that as a big-ticket project, its funding and implementation were programmed on multi-years: 2016 to 2018, 2020, and 2022. He was pleased to finally realize the irrigation project and committed saying, "it is a soft inauguration in the sense na pwede ng gamitin, at itutuloy natin ito hanggang end of this year para ang lahat ng service area nito ay mapapatubigan na."

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya as he gave his message at the soft inauguration program.

As of February this year, the project is already 86.79% complete which included the diversion dam, 10.90 kilometers of main canal, laterals A and C with a combined length of 3.37 kilometers, 77 units of irrigation canal structures, 40 units of drainage canal, and one gate keeper's quarter.

Once completed, the Upper Saug RIP will irrigate a total of 980 hectares with 310 farmer beneficiaries.

Farmers including the irrigators association beneficiaries namely, the San Roque-Sto. Niño-Suawon-Limbaan Irrigators Association (SARONISULIA), Poblacion New Corella Farmers Irrigators Association, and the Lower Limbaan Communal Irrigators Association, along with guests from the LGU and uniformed personnel witnessed the ceremonies at the dam site and the inauguration program at the municipal gymnasium.

The pre-recorded video message of President Rodrigo R. Duterte which was witnessed by the participants in the soft inauguration.

The event concluded with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s pre-recorded video message where he acknowledged everyone involved in Upper Saug RIP and said,  "This project is expected to benefit the farmers of New Corella, Davao del Norte and the surrounding areas. I hope that it can make farming easier and more profitable as we have employed new technologies and methods to promote greater productivity."  

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:
Engr. JIMMY L. APOSTOL 
Regional Manager A
NIA XI Regional Office
r11@n1a.gov.ph@gmail.com