Issue of November 4, 2018

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Over 100 farmers convene in annual irrigators’ conference
by Press release

STA. MARCELA, Apayao – This year’s annual convention of the Cordillera Administrative Region Federation of Irrigators’ Associations (Carfia) held here on Oct. 25 and 26 was filled with fun with the participation of more than a hundred farmer-leaders from the six provinces of the Cordillera including Quezon, Isabela served by the Upper Chico River Irrigation System (Ucris) of Kalinga.

Although tired from the 10-hour travel to Apayao, the participants, mostly senior citizens, actively joined the opening program and activities at the Walai Farm Resort, Barangay Sipa.

NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff Department Manager Pilipina Bermudez, who addressed the CARFIA on behalf of NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya, as the guest of honor on Oct. 25, assured the agency’s continued support to the farmers through the provision of efficient irrigation services and other assistance such as trainings and other development programs to the irrigators’ associations.

NIA’s assistance for farmers include delivery of irigation systems, technical assistance to local government units, and the Balikatan Sagip Patubig Program also to assist LGUs to be financially and technically capable to implement communal irrigation development, effecting the spirit of devolution.

Engr. Benito T. Espique, Jr., acting regional manager of NIA-Cordillera, lauded the farmer-irrigators for their hard work and for being active players in irrigation development and food security programs of the government. He urged them to continue with their unity as embodied in their theme, “United irrigators’ associations for a better future”.

The afternoon was capped by a raffle draw as part of the association’s fund-raising activities.

DA Regional Director Cameron Odsey, who was the guest speaker on Oct. 26, urged the farmers to be transparent and organized, not only in availing themselves of government programs but also in the implementation of projects including the use of farm machineries and equipment provided by the government.

The farmers present during the activity, through the CAR Federation of Irrigators’ Associations availed themselves of the accident and dismemberment insurance coverage from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation.

Cordilleran farmers also proved that they are not only talented in feeding the growing population but are also first-class kings and queens in their own right by showcasing talent and wit in the Search for Mr. and Ms. Irrigator’s Association.

Carfia president and Apayao Vice Gov. Remy Albano and his wife Virginia Albano were adjudged the king and queen of Carfia 2018, respectively.

The first runners-up were Ucris Quezon Mallig Federation of Irrigator’s Association (IA) president Francisco Andemang and Edna Aben while second runners-up were Bernardo Cadingan and Janet Gasmin of Wagufi Federation of IA Ifugao.

The darlings of the crowd were Domingo Awas and Ester Caga of Benguet Farmers Federation of IA while NIA’s Choice Awards were conferred to Michael Lumas-i and his wife Angeline Lumas-i of the Ucris Tabuk-Pinukpuk Federation of IA.

Fernando Boyagan and Helen Viado of Abra Timpuyog Daguiti Farmers IA were conferred the Mr. and Ms. Smart award while Joel Cadwising and Crystal Maloy of Montañosa Federation of IA.

The candidates of Benguet and Ifugao garnered the Best Presentation award.

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National Grid Corporation of the Philippines
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Pag–IBIG Fund
Pines City Colleges
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Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
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Congressman Mark O. Go
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Department of Public Works and Highways – CAR
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Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Far East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon, Inc.
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