Irrigation Management Transfer is the doorway for a better improvement in the operation and maintenance of the systems and similarly increases the income due to higher productions. It also contributes to the physical and financial viability of the system.
In compliance with the MC # 13.s. 2017 implementing guidelines on Free ISF policy, NIA Region 10 holds its 2nd Modified IMT Contract signing for the execution of said memorandum circular last June 8, 2017 at Valencia City, Bukidnon and on June 9, 2017 at Bubunawan RIS, Baungon, Bukidnon. There are eleven (15) Irrigators Associations (6- MARIS; 4- BALRIS). The first modified IMT contract signing was conducted in Bukidnon IMO with fifty eight (58) IAs entered into contract. A total of 73 IAs had entered into contract signing.
In the Modified IMT, the IA is responsible for the clearing of lateral canals and the operation and maintenance of the secondary irrigation structures and facilities in the system. NIA will pay the IA the amount of Php 1,750.00 for every seven (7) kilometers well maintained lined canals, and the same amount will be paid to every 3.5 kilometers of maintained earth canal for six (6) months period. NIA will also subsidize the IAs the amount of Php 150.00 every hectare planted for every cropping season.
No less than the Sr. Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin (Ret. Gen.) graced the event and it’s his first appearance in Region 10. The employees and farmer leaders gained assurance of support from the high ranking officials. He disclosed that “NIA will always be with the farmers in irrigation development and continue to support the IAs endeavor in the fulfillment towards food sufficiency and elevate the standard of living of the farmers.” - Janeta G. Lorono, PRO