NIA XI Turns over Solar-Powered Irrigation System in Davao del Norte

November 27, 2021

Kapalong, Davao del Norte - National Irrigation Administration XI through the Davao del Norte Irrigation Management Office (IMO) turned over the Florida-Libuganon River Communal Irrigation Project (CIP), a solar-powered irrigation project located in Sitio Wigi, Brgy. Florida on November 18, 2021.

Funded under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program - Irrigation Component (CARP-IC) for GAA 2020, the project has a total allocation of Php 10Million. Division Manager Larry C. Franada of Davao del Norte IMO said during the presentation of project profile that the project includes an installation of one unit of solar powered pump with storage tank, one unit of intake structure, 888 meters of HDPE pipe, 712 meters of earth canal, 3 units of turnouts, and 1.6 kilometers of access road.

The Florida-Libuganon pump irrigation system generates a maximum of 27 kilowatt of electromotive force at high noon sunny day that energizes a 30hp(22kw) heavy duty submersible pump that delivers water from Libuganon River to the elevated service areas in Brgy. Florida.

The completion of Florida-Libuganon CIP adds another 45 hectares of service area in the barangay which benefit 33 rice farmers.

NIA XI Regional Manager Jimmy L. Apostol explained during in his speech that the office is making use of other schemes for irrigation and tapping renewable energy, particularly solar, to reach more areas. It is the 11th project using solar energy in the region.

As the system is now functioning, "I hope the structures will help you produce more rice and vegetables. You will be producing more not only for yourselves but for the neighboring community," Apostol added.

He also emphasized the upcoming trainings for the farmers for the operations and maintenance of FLorida-Libuganon CIP, and for the management and sustainability of their Irrigators Association (IA).

Kapalong Mayor Hon, Ma. Theresa R. Timbol also graced the turnover program and was able to take part in the pump testing. During her speech, the Mayor recalled some issues at the project implementation where the LGU had to step in. With the turnover, she expressed how thankful they are as farms no longer have to depend on rain water.

"Atong ampingan para sa dugay pa nga henerasyon" [We have to take care of it (Florida-Libuganon CIP) for the future generation], Mayor Timbol said.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Office (PAGRO) represented by Engr. Nash Monarca made it to the event. He pointed out to the farmers the efficiency of the solar-powered pump and not having to pay for electricity. He also reminded them of the great responsibility in the maintenance of the system.

RM Apostol led the handing over of the ceremonial key to the Florida Wigi Mamboto Irrigators Association (FWMIA), Inc. represented by IA President Diosdado H. Ang, Sr. Ang encouraged his fellow farmer-beneficiaries to help each other and that they should carry on as the project has already been turned over. 

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