The declaration of President Duterte on Free Irrigation Service (IS) brought about new policies and directives for NIA.
Through the NIA Board Resolution No. 8396-17 series of 2017 stating the approved guidelines on Free Irrigation Service followed by the Memorandum Circular No. 13 series of 2017 stating the salient features of the guidelines.
New NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya led the Mass Signing of 50 Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) Contracts in Negros Island Region. This was conducted at May’s Organic Garden and Restaurant last May 2, 2017.
He congratulated all the farmers and the undying support of NIA Negros Island personnel to the increase in agricultural productivity and sustainable agricultural performance of the region.
“Ito ay pagpapatunay sa commitment nang NIA - NIR sa pagtulong sa ating magsasaka” said Admin Visaya.
The law abolishing the irrigation service fee is currently deliberated in Congress yet NIA has already stopped collecting such fees starting this January, he added.
During his speech he clearly emphasized on being keen in getting rid of graft and corruption.
“Kung meron kayong mga naririnig na anomalya, isumbong po sa amin, dito sa NIA habang akon namuno, asahan makikinig po kami sa inyong hinaing” he said.
Free irrigation program of the government is already benefiting rice farmers in Negros.
A total of 100 farmers inked the newly modified IMT contract served by the National System namely: (1) Bago River Irrigation System (BRIS) and (2) Pangiplan River Irrigation System (PRIS) irrigating the lands central and south of Negros Occidental respectively.
Relative to the NO IS Policy, stipulated on the contract is the assumed responsibility of the irrigator’s association to the operations and maintenance of irrigation canals.
In addition, NIA will pay qualified IAs the amount of P150.00/hectares of irrigated and planted area every cropping season.
Aside from the Mass Signing of IMT Contract was the turn-over of 296 Million worth of communal projects to Negros farmers. This includes fifteen (15) and five (5) communal irrigation projects served by the Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental irrigation office respectively.
The new administration The said event marked the acceptance of all the irrigators association to engage in a shared responsibility in maintaining systems operation.