COMAAG Clarin – Second District Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado was the guest of honor during the activity which saw the National Irrigation Administration on Friday via the Bohol Irrigation Management Office conveyed the extension project of the Bacani Communal Irrigation System to farmer-beneficiaries.
The NIA turned over the project to the Bacani-Cotama Irrigators Association Inc. of Barangay Comaang, Clarin Bohol, headed by its president Tito G. Virtudazo as the project is now under the group’s operation at the same time the group is tasked to maintain of the project.
Aside from Aumentado, also present during the turn-over ceremonies were NIA R7 personnel, IA officers, members and other local government officials.
Engr. Modesto G. Membreve, the newly returned Regional Manager of Region NIA-R7, personally facilitated the turnover.
It was his second time to turn over a Communal Irrigation System since his return as head of NIA R7 last January 15.
In his turnover message, Membreve expressed elation for the farmers of Bacani and Comaang now benefitting from the newly finished Communal Irrigation System extension project. The project will certainly help boost their crop production.
Membreve also acknowledged and thanked the role of the government officials and made special mention to Aumentado who according to him secured, lobbied and fought during the budget hearings of the Congress so that the budget proposal for NIA Region 7, especially in Bohol, will be approved.
Membreve said, the budget proposal of NIA Region 7 for the Bohol Irrigation Management Office was relayed in the Provincial Development Council meeting then to the Regional Development Council.
After then, the budget will be forwarded to the Department of Budget and Management for consolidation into the National Expenditure Program. The proposal then submitted to the Congress for budget deliberation and approval.
He further added that during budget hearings for NIA Region 7, he is always assured by the help and support of Aumentado.
Membreve reminded the Irrigation Association officers and members to take good care of the project so that more farmers and the future generations may also benefit from it.
Aumentado thanked the NIA Region 7 through the leadership of Membreve, who according to him was the person responsible together with his father the late Gov. Erico Aumentado for the construction of dams and other irrigation systems in Bohol.
“I am very happy that RM Membreve has returned in this region because I am sure that he will do more projects that will help improve the production of farmers in Bohol” said Aumentado.
Aumentado gave assurance to the farmers that even if the Priority Development Allocation Fund (PDAF) is not anymore allowed; he will still work hard by lobbying and requesting the National Agencies so that more projects beneficial to the farmers in Bohol particularly, in his legislative district will be allocated.
For his part, IA president Victor O. Sanchez, Jr. expressed words of gratitude to the NIA Region 7 headed by Membreve for granting their request to extend the Bacani Irrigation System so that the farmers of Comaag may also benefit.
He assured their association will take good care of the irrigation system because they need it in their livelihood. He also added that the IA officers of Bacani-Cotamaag will enact measures and policies that will help secure the care and maintenance of the extended communal irrigation system.
The Bacani Communal Irrigation System extension project will cater to a 10-hectare service area of Bacani and Comaag. The IA has 163 strong members.
The project was undertaken through the force account works that amounted to P2.5 million. It was supervised by Engr. Edilberto B. Evardo and Engr. Jessie B. Kibir as project in-charge and Ivy S. Alo as Institutional Development Officer from Bohol Irrigation Management Office.