Dalipe, NIA inaugurate Dabuy Communal Irrigation System Print
Monday, 20 November 2017 17:33

By JEMUEL MOJICA

District II Congressman Mannix Dalipe has turned-over on Friday one of his priority projects, the Dabuy Communal Irrigation System (CIS) to Dabuy Farmers Irrigation Association on Friday.

Rep. Dalipe was accompanied by officials of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) headed by Regional Manager Engr. Mario Sande, Zambasulta RSO OIC Engr. Maritez Soria, District II Councilor Jihan Edding, Barangay Chairman Pablo Ramos and other barangay officials and tanods.

“I will continue to work with key national government agencies such as National Irrigation

Administration (NIA) to improve the assistance to my farmer- constituents especially the  provision community irrigation infrastructures,” stressed  Rep. Dalipe during the simple inauguration rites.

Dabuy Communal Irrigation System is a significant accomplishment and I expressed my profund gratitude to the  NIA leadership through Administrator Ricardo Visaya and the hardworking officials and staff at the regional and field offices. To date, I believe this is the farthest irrigation project we  turned-over to our constituents as we travelled more than 106 kilometers to reach Dabuy,  Dalipe added.

“My work as your Representative in Congress is to ensure that effective linkages with our  partner national agencies through policy legislation. The first bill I authored was House  Bill 2251 which was later consolidated into HB 5670 entitled the “Free Irrigation Services  Act,” the young congressman emphasized.

Dalipe underscored that his pet bill will strengthen assistance to all farmers by providing them  with free irrigation services to boost their productivity.

The Zamboanga solon disclosed that the said bills has been approved on third  and final reading last June and is now at the bicameral conference committee.

“We hope to enact this bill into law before the end of the year,” Cong. Dalipe further stressed.

Aside from the giving priority to irrigational projects, Dalipe has also acquired P2 billion from the national government to fund the ongoing P1billion 16-kilometer supernational highway (coastal road in the east coast) and another P540 million farm-to-market roads in District II.-Jemuel E. Mojica