(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 13 June 2024) Easterlies affecting the eastern sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

NIA-13 to hold Irrigator’s Association Congress in Surigao City

BUTUAN CITY -- The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Caraga will hold its Irrigators’ Association (IA) Congress at the Provincial Convention Center in Surigao City on Thursday, April 20, with some 200 IAs regionwide expected to attend.

The annual congress serves as an avenue for IAs, composed of rice farmers, to voice pressing issues and concerns in their areas that need the national government’s interventions.

For this year, public relations officer Jane Huqueriza said they are pushing for the creation of cooperatives for IAs.

“Para mas ma-improve labi na sa ilang financial [capabilities]… ug ang livelihood sa atong mga mag-uuma. Mao ni siya ang giduso sa among opisina kay mao pud ang mandate sa amo sa among top management na kung pwede, makapilot mi every province na naa’y muventure from irrigator’s association to cooperative (This is to improve especially their financial capabilities and the livelihood of our farmers. This is being pushed by our office since it is also mandated to us by our top management that if possible, we can pilot an irrigator’s association to venture into a cooperative in every province),” she said.

NIA Caraga will tap local government units for this program to help legislate measures that can help IAs create their own cooperatives.

The IA Congress also aims to help local farmers increase their agricultural outputs through continuous collaborative efforts of NIA with other national government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for skills training, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) to expand the resources of IAs, the academe, and LGUs to come up with solutions that can help improve farming agriculture and ensure food security.

“Sauna man gud, gafocus lang ta sa atong food security. Ang karon, mutabang pud ta ug improve sa ilang (mag-uuma) panginabuhian kay para partner sab [ang duha] (Before, we were so focused on food security. But now, we also need to help improve the livelihood of our farmers to complement them both),” said Huqueriza.

NIA Administrator Eduardo Eddie Guillen will grace the congress together with the regional directors and operations managers nationwide, as well as representatives from the LGUs in the region. (DMNR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)