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said the contract signing is another milestone in the history of the office. The government is now putting more emphasis on the role of irrigators associations, making them the centerpiece of development initiatives. Bantala encouraged other irrigator groups who have not decided to enter into contract to make the move so that they could also avail of the services and benefits being enjoyed by the IAs which have already existing IMT contracts with the NIA. On the part of the irrigators, Labrador thanked the NIA administration for the effort the agency has been extending to the IAs particularly in irrigation-related activities. He also enjoined his co-IA officers to continue supporting the programs of the NIA especially the IMT program for the benefit of the farmer-irrigation users. NIA Region 12 Regional Manager Modesto Anderson M. Tolentino, Jr. said the IMT program is aimed at empowering irrigators’ associations by allowing them to accept the responsibility 28

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of managing the irrigation facilities covered by their association. Through this program, the IAs would feel a sense of ownership so they will take good care of the facilities and to strive to attain their goals as embodied in their contracts, Tolentino said. He also advised the IA officers present to be transparent to the members and to lay out to their members all transactions and activities they should decide on. He added, IAs are now being recognized by the Department of Agriculture thus they should not betray the trust given by the agency to them. He also encouraged the current IA officers to be lookout for potential leaders and train them so they will also have the chance to hold the reins of their IAs. Earlier this year, LIBRIS Division 6 IA and Settlers IA of Midsayap (SIAM) entered into contract under the IMT Model 2. With the contract, SALTUMIA Inc. is bound to operate and manage facilities in 139.30 hectares cov-

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ering Barangays Salunayan and Tumbras in Midsayap town in North Cotabato. It involves 96 farmer-irrigators, of whom 73 are members of SALTUMIA. On the other hand, LIBRIS Div 5 need to manage 817.075 hectares in Barangays Central Katingawan, Lagumbingan, San Isidro, Patindeguen and parts of Bagumba, all in Midsayap. The area serves at least 796 farmers, 766 of which are members of the irrigators’ association. Libungan River Irrigation System which has an Ogee-type dam in Barangay Barongis, Libungan Cotabato has a potential coverage area of 12,000 hectares. At present, it serves a firmed up area of 5,983.20 hectares in Midsayap, 1,453.34 hectares in Libungan, 1,098.05 hectares in Pigcawayan in North Cotabato and 721.35 hectares in Northern Kabuntalan in Maguindanao province. It was opened on September 15, 1962 by President Carlos P. Garcia. (NIA-12/ PIA-12)

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One Mindanao - December 27, 2011  

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