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NIA soon to automate operations, better services in Kalinga expected

Updated: Mar 13, 2022

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Operations and services of the National Irrigation Administration – Kalinga will further improve with the expected automation of the national irrigation system, says NIA Regional Manager Engr. Benito Espique, Jr.

During the turn-over of leadership at NIA – Kalinga on March 10, 2022, Espique noted that with the automation, there will be fewer manual and human interventions in the operation of the irrigation system

“Maging high-tech diay panaglukat diay intake gate and sluice gate ta tatta gamin ket manu-mano ken nu awan iti electric nagrigat nga i-operate dagidiay. Tatta automation, pindutem lang… so pumintas iti serbisyo especially nu diay rukud-rukud iti danum nu mano iti discharge a dapat a pastreken tayo, nabibiit,” he explained.

He added that the new leadership of NIA – Kalinga under Engineer Leonardo Lamangen is now preparing for the said automation of the system.

Problems to be addressed

In his message during the turn-over, Espique noted that among the problems which need to be addressed include land conversion and the presence of illegal settlers within the irrigable areas.

“Pagtitinulungan tayo with the city government daytoy land conversion ta nagdakkelen iti naalala iti area iti irrigable area tayo ditoy especially ig-igid iti kalsada a part of our irrigable area,” he said.

The regional manager mentioned they will likewise discuss concerns about vehicular accidents happening along the NIA main canal.

Strong NIA-farmers partnership

Espique conveyed that the strong partnership between NIA and the irrigator’s association should be sustained as both have huge roles in the operation of the irrigation system.

“I hope our partnership also with the irrigators or farmers will continue. Itultuloy tayo latta iti mayat a partnership tayo in terms of daytoy pagdur-asan iti irrigasyon tayo. Dakami a taga-NIA will be in full support for whatever plans and programs iti irrigators tayo,” he expressed.

He concluded his message by encouraging the NIA employees to continue providing better services to the irrigators and the LGU and other line agencies.



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