DA Rice Coordinator Evelyn Academia hands over the key of responsibility to Titay MAO Bienvenido Tomas and to Unnie A. Cap-atan, the SWISA San Antonio President.

The 4.7 million irrigation facility will provide water service to nearby barangays of San Antonio in the Municipality of Titay. Its priority is the large areas of rice fields where water supply is scarce.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) – IX through its Engineering Division recently turned over the Diversion Dam with Canal to the San AntonioSmall Water Irrigation System Association (SWISA). The launching ceremony was held at the irrigation site in the presence of the barangay captain Evelyn Cabadunga. All eight members of the barangay council stood as witnesses to the turnover ceremony.

San Antonio SWISA President Unnie A. Cap-atan and the members of the irrigation association were delighted with the quick turnout of the project since it was expected to finish construction and rehabilitation in a much longer time. Cap-atan expressed her gratitude to the Department and the local government unit of Titay through the Municipal Agriculturist office for the opportunity and support provided to their association. “Thank you very much to DA and the Office of the MAO in Titay, this project will bring water to our dry fields. We are happy and thankful for the project. We hope that DA will also continue to assist us with our agricultural activities.”
Rice Program Coordinator Evelyn Academia represented DA Director Constancio G. Alama during the turnover. She said that this project is the first irrigationproject for 2016 that was completed. It started in April this year and after two months it is now completed and ready for use. “We hope that with the associations’ (your) cooperation, the project will be maintained for a long time. We expect that this will help in you farming activities. This is a start for our agricultural development in the community, may you enjoy its services and give you good bounty.” Academia also encouraged the farmers present during the turnover ceremony to apply for the HYTA or High Yielding Technology Adaptation program where DA will be providing hybrid or certified seeds to beneficiaries with free fertilizers or soil ameliorants under a scheme.
Among those present during the turnover were Municipal Administrator Gil Rillera, Municipal Agriculturist Bienvenido Tomas, and barangay kagawads of San Antonio. #CCadiz/DA9

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