COMPOSTELA VALLEY: THE GROWING IMO

          Compostela Valley Irrigation Management Office (IMO) is conferred the Best IMO of the Year award CY 2015 presented during the 53rd anniversary celebration at Quezon City, Philippines, June 22, 2016.

          NIA region XI's youngest responsibility center, Compostela Valley IMO's area covers the whole of Compostela Valley province in the Davao region that sits on a mining ground in southeastern Mindanao, Philippines.  ComVal for short, the IMO was created as an interim office in 2009 in accordance with the implementating guidelines of the NIA Rationalization Program in 2008 enabling the IMO to manage both its national and communal irrigation systems within the province with its office at Poblacion, Compostela, Compostela Valley.  Northbound from Davao City, ComVal is 95 kilometers away via Tagum City, Davao del Norte national concrete road passing through zigzag highways. Without the traffic jams, travel from the regional office in Davao City to ComVal IMO takes about 2-3 hours by land. 

          The province of Compostela Valley is once a part of Davao del Norte until its separation in the year 1998 to become an independent province. Its scenery is generally mountainous, with forest and mineral resources, rich in gold ore deposit and renowned for its gold mines.  At the vales however, are plains settling vast agricultural tracts of lands planted to rice and bananas.  The perimeters of ComVal have Agusan del Sur as the north border, Davao del Norte in the west and Davao Oriental in the east.  The province has an area of approximately 4,479.77 sq. km. which comprises 14.73 % of Davao's region land area composed of eleven (11) municipalities and 235 barangays.  Out of the province's total land area of 447,977 hectares, more than 7% or 31,831 hectares are classified to be potential.

           ComVal IMO has 54 personnel complement composed of authorized positions, casual employees and the job orders headed by its IMO Manager Engr. Carlito A. Carrasco in abiding its organizational structure prescribed therein the lines of authority in the performance of their delineated functions. 

           As of December 2015, ComVal IMO developed a total of 13,488 hectares or 42% and there are still 18,343 hectares or 58% remaining area potential for irrigation.  With rice as its main crop and a little area planted with banana, ComVal IMO's Firmed Up Service Area (FUSA) is 10,909 hectares. Irrigated area is 10,889 hectares and 10,909 hectares in the wet and dry seasons respectively garnering a cropping intensity of 199.82%. 

           In barely three(3) years as an interim IMO, Typhoon Pablo hit ComVal in December 2012 ravaging infrastructure, crops, properties and claimed lives of people leaving massive destruction and losses aftermath inclusive of ComVal IMO's damages of dams and irrigation structures and irrigated submerged ricefields akin to a "pacific ocean".  The team ComVal IMO has collaborated to counter the adversity.  Eventually, after all the concerted efforts of led by the ComVal IMO, NIA XI Regional Office, the LGUs of ComVal, the Irrigators Associations and its Federation of ComVal IA, Inc., the IMO was able to pool resources and got up.

           Batutu River Irrigation System is the sole National Irrigation System(NIS) of the IMO with 3,269 hectares and smaller in area than the total area of twenty-nine (29) Communal Irrigation Systems (CIS) with a total area of 7,640 hectares. Irrigation Service Fee (ISF) collection for CY 2015 of Batutu RIS reached  P 9,027,769.97 yielding a collection efficiency (CE) of 77.61 %.   

           In the implementation of irrigation projects, the IMO completed all nine(9) projects with  100% Physical Accomplishment and submitted the corresponding Project Completion Report for the year 2015.

           NIA XI's stakeholders and farmer-irrigators in ComVal have been taken cared of under the IMO's Institutional Development Program (IDP).  There are 48 Irrigators Associations both NIS and CIS IAs federated into the Federation of Irrigators Association of ComVal with the 3,067 farmer-beneficiaries.  Their capabilities have been developed and increased by the trainings, seminars, reviews and educational events conducted; and the responsibilities and tasks in the Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) that they have to comply.

           ComVal IMO practices the general standards of NIA Quality Workplace Program ( NIA-QWP) pursuant to NIA's thrusts to be an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Certified; submitted itself to the inspection guidelines and satisfactorily passed workplace inspection as to the location and condition of the building, material storage, lighting, air quality, sanitation, emergency equipment and other components referring to the items found in the office facilities.

           The IMO has established linkages with the Local Government Units of the ComVal Province and other agencies.  Hence, in its activities, the IMO participates and extends assistance to where the need arises.  In recognition of IMO's involvement, the Office of the Governor of ComVal awards Certificate of Participation in the celebration of its 18th Founding anniversary and 9th Bulawan Festival of ComVal Province on March 8, 2016; Certification of Appreciation for IMO's support to Hybrid Rice Derby and 1st Rice Congress of ComVal on October 23, 2015; Certificate of Appreciation for the IMO's assistance and support for the holistic, recovery and rehab during the typhoon pablo on December 4, 2013.

          The NIA Regional Office XI afforded the IMO with the Certificate of Appreciation for responding to the appeal for assistance of NIA employees and IA members at Tacloban, Region 8 who were adversely affected by Typhoon Yolanda, given on December 12, 2013.