The blessing and inauguration ceremony of the new building of Negros Island Regional Irrigation Office (NIRIO) at Bago City, Negros Occidental, was held on Thursday, 23rd of February 2017, 11:00 am at the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) compound.

Earlier, at around 10:45 am, ceremonial cutting of ribbon followed by the unveiling of NIRIO marker was accorded by Engr. Mario H. Sande, Vice Mayor Ramon Torres – Honorary Guest, Mgr. Pilipina Bermudez, Engr. Bayani Ofrecio, Engr. Lorena B. Sioco, Engr. Nestor M. Pastor, IA President Rosemary Caunca and other dignitaries at the NIRIO main entrance, witnessed by farmers and other NIA employees.

The blessing of the new building was conducted by Pastor Jerry Dionson, Vice President Federation of Irrigator’s Association (FIACN). After which was a tour inside the building with the dignitaries, IA farmer members and other guests.

During the program, Engr. Mario H. Sande, Regional Manager recognized all the hard work both from the Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental to mark the building inauguration a success. A commitment of NIA as an agency to agricultural sustainability in support to the Administration’s drive towards rice-self-sufficiency.

“We are inaugurating a simple building but this structure is very significant, because this is symbolism, a legacy from NIA that we can be proud of,” he added.

Being the Honorary Guest, Vice Mayor Ramon Torres, Bago City, said that NIA has been servicing so many areas and the local government unit (LGU) is very much thankful that it has given importance to the farmers especially on the pronouncement of Free Irrigation Service Fee (ISF) by the Duterte Administration.

In her speech, Mgr. Pilipina P. Bermudez, Public Affairs and Information Staff (PAIS) stressed that NIA will always be there to welcome its farmer beneficiaries and stakeholders to address and assist on their needs.

She also relayed to the farmers the message of Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña, encouraging all associations to strengthen and innovate strategies for the implementation of Fee Irrigation Service Fee.

The 5-million facility will be accommodating the regional personnel of NIRIO. Another memorable accomplishment to the NIA’s youngest Regional Irrigation Office.