By Analene J. Escolano
Aug. 13, NAGA CITY (NIA) – “This forum serves as a venue for our farmers to express their sentiments to the government and for the government to make the necessary interventions to address their problems when it comes to agricultural production,” says Congressman Renato J. Unico, Jr. (1st District, Camarines Norte) during the NIA Stakeholders’ forum held Friday, August 10, 2018 in Daet, Camarines Norte.
Unico said that the government is determined to bringing the people out of the quicksand of poverty. He committed his full support and assistance to the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in the implementation of various irrigation projects and the upliftment of the farmers’ quality of life.
Around 120 individuals from the local government units of Camarines Norte, the AFP and PNP, other partner agencies, the religious sector, and the farmer-stakeholders in the province attended the Stakeholders’ Forum on Irrigation Development in the Province of Camarines Norte conducted by the NIA-Camarines Norte Irrigation Management Office (IMO).
The forum aimed to get the support and participation of NIA stakeholders in the faster and better implementation of irrigation projects, and sustainable and reliable irrigation service in the province.
Engr. Alvin L. Macasinag, acting manager of NIA-Cam. Norte IMO presented the status of irrigation development for the province saying that the activity is an effective way to present the plans and programs of the agency and to discuss the issues and concerns on irrigation.
Meanwhile, according to Camarines Norte Governor Jonah G. Pimentel, “If our farmers decide to take a break from farming, everyone will experience hunger.” He then urged his fellow public servants to act together to prevent the farmers from eventually losing their way of living due to financial hardships.
NIA Bicol Director Ramon A. Bugacia in his message, expressed his gratitude to all the stakeholders present in the forum for supporting the programs of the agency towards providing efficient and effective irrigation service to the farmers in Camarines Norte. Bugacia believed that through the activity, NIA will gain truthful feedbacks and valuable recommendations to further improve the quality of service it is providing to the farmers.
The highlight of the event was the mass signing of the covenant by all the stakeholders and participants, pledging their commitment to support NIA’s irrigation development programs and further improve the socio-economic lives of the people of Camarines Norte in general, and the farmer-irrigators in particular.
Others who attended the event were: 2nd District Representative Marisol Panotes; Police Provincial Director PSSupt. Cerillo Trilles; 902nd Deputy Brigade Commander Ernesto Cruz; DAR Prov’l Head, Roseller Olayres; representatives from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturists (OPAG); Sr. Yolanda Lunod from the Diocese of Daet; and members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas – Cam.Norte Chapter; and leaders of Irrigators Associations in the province.