Food security in the countryside. Police Regional Office - Cordillera Regional Director PGEN R’Win Pagkalinawan and DA - CAR OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, with DA Secretary William DAR as witness signing a MOA for the “Binhi ng Pagpapapala” program, wherein PRO-Cor through the Regional Mobile Force Batallion will distribute agricultural inputs and assist in backyard farming of DSWD 4Ps household members and people in identified ELCAC barangays. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Urban Agriculture. BFAR - CAR Lilibeth Signey and DA - CAR Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey with Agriculture Secretary William as guest of honor, awards a Solar Powered AquaPhonics System for Miss Earth Philippines Roxanne Allison Baeyens for being DA - CAR';s ambassador for Urban Gardening. The AquaPhonics System was received by her mother Julia Baeyens. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Gulayan sa Barangay. Agriculture Secretary William Dar, assisted by DA - CAR officials headed by OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, awards agricultural inputs and gardening equipments with a total amount of 769,596 for vegetable gardeing projects of 12 barangays in La Trinidad Benguet. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

KIMO turns over 1st solar CIS in Kalinga to irrigators' association

RIZAL, Kalinga, Sept. 7 (PIA) - - The Kalinga Irrigation Management Office (KIMO) explores   solar technology in providing irrigation  to improve  crop yield   turning over  a  solar -powered communal irrigation system(CIS) to  an  irrigators association of barangay Romualdez in this  town for its operation and management. 


KIMO Manager Ronilio Cervantes and Kalinga Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang   led the turn over of the  first solar powered CIS in the province  to   officers and members  of  Sitio Aba Farmers Irrigators Association last September 4.

Engr. Noly Sabado, KIMO Operations and Maintenance Chief, said the solar project
with a depth of 62 meters and costing PhP2.2 million will irrigate six hectares and benefits 15 farmers. The project was worked out through the initiative of District Representative Allen Jesse Mangaoang.

“Now that the CIS is operational, beneficiaries will now till their farms for two cropping in a year,” he said. The farms used to be rain-fed and cropping was once a year or no cropping at all during long dry spell.

Antonio Santiago, President of Sitio Aba Irrigators Association, expressed his group’s gratitude to KIMO and the Office of the Congressman for the realization of their long desire to have CIS.

“Dakkel nga iyaman mi ken Congressman Mangaoang iti pangitrabaho na iti daytoy a proyekto ken iti KIMO ta napatgan daytoy a nabayag nga dawat mi. Marigatan kami idi ta ur-urayen mi tudo santo kami makatalon. Tattan mabalin kami maka talon mamindua ti maka tawen ta addan tuloy-tuloy nga padanum,” Santiago said assuring also that their association will establish systems and mechanisms on how to maintain and sustain the project.

Mangaoang said Irrigation facilities go hi-tech in Kalinga with the inauguration of this solar powered irrigation project .He intends  to seek more funding for this kind of project  considering  its   great benefits  to farmers.  Vast lands that could not be irrigated through the conventional irrigation system could now be productive with the introduction of this breakthrough.

Sabado informed that another solar-powered irrigation system with project cost of Php1.2 million is on-going construction at Nambaran in Tabuk City and is expected to be completed by year-end and   to irrigate seven hectares located in the tail-end of the irrigable production area.

“With the success on solar technology in providing irrigation to farmers, the National Irrigation Administration is considering this new approach to spread it out to areas that are hardly served by conventional irrigation systems,” Sabado said. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)


By Peter A. Balocnit




Mt. Province

  • DA-BFAR-CAR boosts fishery in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 23(PIA)  –  Fish production  in this landlocked province is gaining headway as the  Department of Agriculture (DA) - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), in partnership with the provincial government continue to provide interventions.

  • TESDA-led Project 'ESEK' benefits 45 farmers in Besao

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Oct. 14 (PIA) -- Forty-five farmers in barangay Tamboan in this municipality are engaged in the training on organic agriculture production and are expected to pursue it as a livelihood.

  • DILG family supports DepEd, learners in Paracelis

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- The Department of the Interior  and Local Government  tri-bureau of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police   are working together to support the learning continuity plan of the Department of Education in this town  during this COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 26 former rebels in Mountain Province receive livelihood aid

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- At least 26 former rebels here received financial assistance from the government.

  • Farmers in ELCAC-identified brgys get livelihood intervention

    MOUNTAIN PROVINCE--Farmers from barangays affected by the issue on insurgency in the province recently received layer chickens and carabaos under the Special Area for Agriculture and Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Cordillera Regional Office.


  • Ifugao PLGU provides financial aid to landslide victims

    BANAUE, Ifugao, Nov.19 (PIA)--The provincial government released a total of Php440, 000.00 as financial aid to the victims of typhoon Ulysses in the province and a nearby province.

  • DSWD provides Php1.4M financial assistance to Ifugao FRs

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 13(PIA) – More than P1.4 million financial assistance was awarded  to  former rebels from the province  who surrendered to government authorities  and embraced peaceful life in their respective communities.

  • OCD turns over financial aid to 12 Ifugao typhoon-affected families

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 19 (PIA) - - Twelve families affected by typhoon “Ompong” in the  municipalities of  Mayaoyao and Tinoc received financial assistance from the government through the Office of the Civil Defense – Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR).  

  • Ifugao town resumes market days with compliance to health protocols

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 20(PIA) - - Regular market days in this municipality resumed recently with strict compliance to  the mandatory proper wearing of face mask/shield and physical distancing ordinance and other issued health protocols.

  • Ifugao reorganizes Provincial Task Force-ELCAC

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 14 (PIA) - - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Development Council (PDC) passed Joint Resolution No. 2020-01 reorganizing the membership of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC).





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