NIA-CAR holds WST Trainers’ Train- True to its Trainers (TOT) on Controlled them with sufficient Hapid IS, ATI-CAR and DA- commitment as the Irrigation and Technology technical information in CARFU. chair of the Regi o na l Updates on Rice Production order to effectively transfer The conduct of Technical Working Group at NIA Training Center the technology to farmers, the activity was in close (RTWG) for the successful in Wangal, La Trinidad, the training was attended coordination with ATI- implementation of Water Benguet on April 14-15, 2010. by 34 participants from the CAR as well as with the Saving Technology With the objectives NIA-CAR regional office, Philippine Rice Research (WST), NIA-Cordillera of introducing CI and the three NIS in the region, Institute (PhilRice) and Administrative Region other WST to the future West Apayao-Abulug IS, International Rice Research conducted Training of implementers and providing Upper Chico River IS and Turn to page 7... Hands on experience on making and installing observation well equips the NIA-CAR trainees with indespensable knowledge in the implementa- tion of Controlled Irrigation which they are soon to download to provincial trainees. Reuyan visits projects in Benguet NIA turns A c t i n g 66 hectares, part of which is only because of the form National Irrigation Administrator Alexander the Calawa Drip Irrigation of irrigation but also of Administration marked Reuyan together with NIA- Farm that particularly the crop being planted, a another milestone as CAR staff led by Acting RIM took the interest of the certain bell pepper variety i t c e l e b r a t e d i t s 4 7 th John Socalo and Region 11 Acting Administrator not Turn to page 7... Anniversary with the theme RIM Felix Razo conducted a “Matatag na NIA: Pag-asa visitation-cum-inspection of ng magsasaka sa buhay na CIS projects in Benguet last masagana” at the grounds April 22, 2010. of NIA Central Office, EDSA, Farms employing Diliman,Quezon City on Drip Irrigation, which are June 15-18, 2010. parts of the Paswek-Kalipkip The event was CIS in Banangan,Sablan are capped by a grand the first destination of the parade of participants and visiting party followed by representatives from all the Aguyad CIS project in the regional offices fronted Tadyangan, Tuba. by the regional managers The Paswek- and operation managers Kalipkip CIS was together with the muses on implemented by the then Hail to the tasty bell peppers! Acting Administrator Reuyan and Acting June 15. It NIA-Benguet PIO in 2004- RiM Socalo team up to hoist a bell pepper as a display of their high 2005 and currently irrigates regards for the luscious, yummy celika pepper. Turn to page 7... Tebteb ni Cordillera Editorial 2 Of Dreams and Hallucinations from the RIM’s table That tomorrow will be a new day is a thought JOHN L. SOCALO that comes with the inauguration of Benigno Aguino Acting Regional III as president of the Philippines. And by new day, we mean better. By better, we mean more efforts, not just Manager of the new administration, but of every Filipino. IA Hopes has also been made higher by the promise of a better irrigation—a promise that lodged responsibilities not only to NIA’s incoming administrator but also to every NIAn. Embodied in Irrigators’ these responsibilities are the principles of unity and Associations are a must trainings and workshops, dedication, accountability and innovation, and the in an irrigation-dependent and disseminate dignity to face whatever changes that could occur in society. They are our information. We share the name of improvement and success. partners, our better half. responsibilities with them Many problems have been Their success is our so we can both benefit. We besetting irrigation and the rice success, their failure is our help them become dynamic self-sufficiency program. Several failure. Without IAs, NIA and viable. environmental phenomena that are not favorable to is like a bird with broken Empowerment agriculture happen. Discrepancies pop up everywhere— wings—weak and purpose- also entails redefinition of between demand and production, between area irrigable defying. Establishing IAs is who IAs really are, what and serviceable, between water supply and requirement. first step to learning to fly, they can really do and how These discrepancies usually hamper us from achieving but in order to survive in an far they can really achieve. that dream of becoming a country self-sufficient of food atmosphere of duties and The room is still wide for production. responsibilities, IAs need improvement and lurking These discrepancies are also the reason why to be empowered. in every corner is change. more and more determined efforts are needed to expand Empowerment In our pursuit of abundance irrigated areas, achieve higher cropping intensity comes in different forms in life, no matter where and attain elevated crop production. On-going and depending on the type we are, we must try every proposed irrigation programs and strategies have to be of IAs—whether young means to cope. Changes propped up. So do water saving technologies and other and lean or young and are already trendy, but we barely breathing, old can stand beside every water augmentation schemes. The NIAns need to be and healthy or old and change without losing empowered, and so do the Irrigators’ Associations. inactive. Whatever the our hopes and willpower. On NIA’s shoulders are gigantic responsibilities, types of IAs are, they all Decisions have to be made but which are necessary for these responsibilities are need empowerment from and making the right one rooted in hopes and dreams whose very foundation us. And that enters our can be trivial. One thing is that same water that flows to the ricefields. Yes, as initiative, our commitment is sure though, NIA-CAR the president puts it, “the dream starts to become a and our imaginative ideas. has envisioned the best reality”. And unless we want that dream to end up a We help in their formation, for every IA. This agency mere hallucination, we better put our best foot forward organization, management is with you, IA members, and broaden the contribution of irrigation to food and strengthening. We every step of the way. Just sufficiency. We got a lot of work to do and dreams to assist them in their do your best and be your fulfill. meetings, give them best. EDITORIAL STAFF Editorial Consultants GRACE A. FANGED Editorial Adviser The Official Newsletter of the National Irrigation Administration BENITO T. ESPIQUE, JR. Cordillera Administrative Region JOHN L. SOCALO Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet Associate Editors RITA L. AFIDCHAO Editor-in-Chief Tebteb ni Cordillera are Ibaloi words HELEN T. LAOYAN MYLENE I. MALECDAN meaning Spring of the Cordillera. With the region dubbed as the “Watershed Layout/ Graphics Contibutors Cradle of Northern Philippines”, MYLENE I. MALECDAN RITA AFIDCHAO this paper hopes to see the headwaters of CHRISANTA BERAY rivers in the North Tebteb ni Cordillera HELEN LAOYAN eternally and lavishly flow. welcomes contributory PAULITA YAGYAGAN articles, photos and Tebteb is also called Eb-eb, Obob, Bubon or Ub-bog in other parts of the Cordillera. pictures. Tebteb ni Cordillera opinion 3 WHERE DO I The life BELONG? equation When I was in One hot sum- ates, some don’t. Some second year mer day, a thirsty fox flatters, some sincere. high school, our was strolling through an Some openly express Math teacher orchard till he came to (whether positive or would always try a bunch of grapes just negative), some just in- to find a way to ripening on a lofty vine sinuate. Others keep si- lent (but in their mind reduce our scores branch. Drawing back in her quizzes and a few paces, he took a and heart are bits of ad- miration or envy). Some tests. She would run, jumped and tried make us stand in to reach for the grapes give a cold shoulder - just a shrug. Apathetic? her class and quiz but missed. Again and again he would draw Some would think it first us on end. Not that back, run, and jump for before opening up their she hated us so the bunch of grapes but beautiful mouths; some much. She sure he could not reach it. just blabs, blabs, blabs, had a different Giving up, he casually and blabs... blah, blah, way of showing walked away, lifted up blah. Blah, blah, blah! us her love. Even his noshe in the air and Flash-floods! if you arrived said: ‘I AM SURE THEY Some loves to at the correct ARE SOUR!’” Sour lord it over, some just answer, she grapes! silently do their own. would scrutinize Our reactions shows Some seems to know it your solution for any between the lines: “Life what we really are – all, others just accom- slip-up. Not only one is a matter of algebraic our character. The most plish. Others make oth- student trembled when equation. I wish you the ers better, some don’t Ms. Edith appeared. best in your endeavors (afraid that the other But in all fairness, she toward your dreams, person will someday be brought out the best as I find contentment in higher or better than knowing that I am part in her students. One them or just pure in molding you.” selfishness). But isn’t time, in order to satisfy her, I answered with William Arthur it more gratifying Ward once said and joyous when acronyms. “What do you mean by CPA?” “When we seek to you make some- discover the best in one get better? she asked. “Closure property in addition,” others, we somehow Good people du- bring out the best in plicate themselves. I replied. “Don’t ever presume that ourselves.” We may They multiply them- have feared her then, selves. They are not everybody knows egoistic. what you mean.” And never understanding Some adapt to it’s true, not only in what she wanted com- mon situation when our changes, some don’t. mathematics, but in from us. Little did character is laid out in Some hate those who life generally. we know that in the the open is when some- change (because they That Math long run, she would one is having good suc- can’t do it themselves). teacher happened help us become what cess, albeit achieving it Envy! Some don’t even to be our adviser the we will be someday. the right way. PONDER like the change even if year before when we Looking back, I think ON THIS: how do you that change is for the were freshmen. In Teacher Edith is the react when you see your betterment of the ma- our home room class best teacher I ever neighbour, friend, office- jority, if not all. There we submitted a sheet had. Not only did she mate or others achieving are those who are will- of paper on which make me see life as an or have achieved what ing to change (but will- algebraic equation. we wrote our dreams. you have been longing ingness without action is She made me see nothing) and there are Seventeen years later, for but you did not? my paper was handed another equation in Different cir- those who exonerate life, that debit is always themselves. Vanity! back to me. On it was cumstances, different written in bold letters equal to credit. What attitudes, different reac- Others think they are impeccable, oth “I want to be an we give is what we tions. receive, what we take Some appreci- engineer someday”. Turn to page 7... On its back I could read is what we pay for. Tebteb ni Cordillera news 4 NIA-CAR mourns for former chief colleague, a caring brother and a wonderful friend,” mentioned Benito T. Espique, Division Manager of Engineering and Operations, in his eulogy speech during the service. Melchor was the Borromeo P. Melchor third regional manager and first Cordilleran to Teary-eyes. Sad “...do solemsly swear, that I will faithfully do the duties...” pledges the newly head NIA-CAR since smiles. Grief-stricken elected officers and members of the Board of Directors of BFFIA before the establishment of the expressions. Acting RIM John Socalo after the election held at NIA-CAR Training Hall on regional office in 1993. June 2, 2010. These were Prior to his headship of evident in the faces of NIA- CAR employees during the NIA-CAR, he was Benguet Awas heads BFFIA Provincial Irrigation Officer Domingo Awas elected from the members necrological service of the for six years. He was with was elected president of of the BFFIA but not of late Borromeo Melchor NIA for 30 years when he the Beguet Federation the Board of Directors, held at NIA-CAR regional ran in the gubernatorial of Farmers Irrigators’ officers of the organization office ground on April 27. race in 2004 and won. Association (BFFIA) during were chosen from the BOD Borromeo P. After more than an the General Assembly and whose members were Melchor, former Benguet hour of necrological service Election of the organization selected earlier by the governor and NIA-CAR in NIA, the remains of the held at NIA Training Hall on body to represent each of regional manager, died former governor was also June 2, 2010. the municipalities of the at the Benguet General brought to the Benguet Awas was the province. Hospital at 4:30 in the active Vice-President of Provincial Capitol where Other elected morning of April 27 due the federation for CY 2008- officers and the new another service was held to kidney complications, 2010. He is the president members the Board of and then brought to the his lingering illness for some of Akiki IA of Akiki CIS in Directors of BFFIA are listed birthplace of the deceased time. Tublay. below: in Tublay, Benguet where “He was a splendid With the exception BFFIA OFFICERS he was buried. boss, a great and fatherly of the auditor who was FOR CY 2010 ‘Save lives’ - NIA-CAR, Red Cross Vice President: Lorenzo Balag-ey “A gift of blood is a Cross in case the person which old cells are being Secretary: Esther Coga Treasurer: Doro Wakit gift of life.” or a relative needs blood replaced by new cells Auditor: Myrna Batil NIA-CAR has transfusion. because the bone marrow joined Red Cross in the Aside from saving produces new cells.” Board of Directors advocacy and realization of lives of recipients in need “Blood donated will Atok – Jose Tiro the above statement when of blood, a donor can also be screened from Hepatitis Bakun – Ernesto Soliben NIAns donated blood in a benefit from bloodletting. B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, and Bokod – Doro Wakit Bloodletting Activity held Veronica Tactay,a medical HIV, and of course, the Buguias – Mario Colinio at NIA Training Hall on June technologist of the PNRC- hemoglobin and blood type Itogon – Paquito Alunes 28. Benguet Chapter, said of the donor are checked,” Kabayan – Arsenio Lamsis The activity was “bloodletting works like a Tactay added. Kapangan – Cerilo Tilado Kibungan – Saturnino conducted by Philippine ‘change oil mechanism’ in Tayag National Red Cross-Benguet La Trinidad – Esther Caga Chapter. This was the fourth Mankayan – Lito time that a Bloodletting Guinsiman Activity was conducted in Sablan – Norman Manuel NIA-CAR where NIAns show Tuba – Lorenzo Balag-ey an act of charity through Tublay – Domingo Awas blood donation. Each donor let 450 Great ability cc or one cup of blood, and develops and each received a Donor’s reveals itself Membership Card which increasingly with is presented everytime a blood donation is made every or when blood needs to new assignment. Bloody generosity. NIAns did it again. They donate blood; they save be withdrawn from Red lives. -Baltasar Gracian Tebteb ni Cordillera news 5 Financial management training held for NIA-CAR With the aim to importance of financial functionality survey for IAs observes strengthen the financial management skills of management, to be able to prepare financial plans to measure and assess their capability to manage their Arbor Day Irrigators’ Associations, and reports to Securities own finances, operate and three batches of Financial and Exchange Commission maintain their systems In observance of Management Training (SEC) adopting the and manage their Arbor Day as part of this Workshop were held at the format. organizations. The results year’s celebration of the NIA Training Hall on June Staffs of the revealed that most of the Philippine Environment 17-18, 21-22 and July 1-2 Institutional Development IAs got low ratings in the Month, DENR-CAR linked respectively. Unit who were organizers financial management up with NIA-CAR and other The first batch of and speakers of the aspect, a difficulty the IDD agencies in a tree planting the seminar-workshop was activities came up with the wished to have addressed activity held at Busol attended by 25 participants, training after conducting a through the training. Watershed in Ambiong, La 31 in the second batch and Trinidad, Benguet on June 43 in the third. Participants 25. came from the eight Arbor Day is a amortizing CIS, existing CIS holiday in which individuals and projects for CY 2010 in and groups are encouraged Benguet. to plant and care for trees. After a series It is celebrated around of lecture-discussions, the world on different workshops/exercises dates depending on the and open forums, suitable planting season. the participants who In the Philippines, it was are secretaries and/or institutionalized that Arbor treasurers of IAs directly Day be celebrated every involved in financial Re-GREENing Mother Earth is a means and an aim for NIAns as they 25th of June. records are expected join DENR and other agencies in a tree planting endeavor during the Tree planting to have known the Arbor Day. Photo by: Elnora Melchor is also one of the IA members to attend inter’l confab Never doubt that counterpart activities of IAs in the watershed-based by: Paulita Yagyagan approach to irrigation a small, group of project implementation Three members of Ifugao and Delfin Otlagon thoughtful, where IAs are tasked to Irrigators’ Associations of of Hinghuyapon IA of CAR are to represent the Hinyon, Ifugao. Other committed citizens undergo watershed related activities. Watershed region at the Slow Food’s participants from CAR can change the advocacy was initiated by Terra Madre Conference are Rowena Gonnay and world. Indeed, it is then RIM Abraham Akilit in Turin, Italy on October Rowena Sawil, both of 20-26, 2010. Kalinga. the only thing that in recognition of the vast importance of watershed The Terra Madre These Cordilleran ever has. preservation in sustaining is a bi-annual gathering of participants are heirloom irrigation water. over 5,000 farmers, chefs, rice seed keepers, students and researchers producers, processors and who represent over 30 quality controllers and are countries. The conference expected to gain a larger fosters discussion on understanding of the topics in the field of food, global movement for the gastronomy, globalization preservation of culturally and economics including related food production, workshop on organic which they will be able certification, rural to share to other terraces communities, rare livestock farmers upon their return. breed, heritage grains and This opportunity indigenous agriculture for farmers is made system. possible by the continued IA members who support of RICE, Inc., shall join the conference a non-government are Blacio Akinchang of organization, Eighth A beautiful environment is a conducive working one. This minipark Cadaclan IA in Barlig, Wonder, the marketing developed within NIA-CAR compound is medicine fit for tired eyes Mountain Province, arm of heirloom rice, and and souls. The covered pathway in the backdrop was timely built for Jimmy Lingayo Kinakin- this rainy season to facilitate the pace from one building to another. DA particularly NIA-CAR. Building repainting is also on-going. Lungab IA in Kinakin, Tebteb ni Cordillera feature 6 PEEKING INTO NIA-CAR PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENT NIA-CAR recorded an overall 74% accomplishment in its project implementation as of June 30, 2010. As per report of the Engineering Section, the physical and financial accomplishments of CY 2010 funded projects were both pegged at 74% of the 133 projects of the regional office for CY 2010 funded by the regular funds (BSPP and PDAF) and pump priming (SONA) projects (P6.524 B) and NDCC). Among the six provinces covered by the regional office, the provinces of Kalinga and Ifugao are the most advanced, recording 97% and 86% accomplishment respectively. A total area of 5,672 ha. has already been rehabilitated as against the overall target for CY 2010 of 7,428 ha., 203 ha. restored versus 1,430 ha. restoration target and 15 ha. generated as compared to 116 ha. target. Meanwhile, farmer-beneficiaries add up to 7,721. CY 2010 FUNDED PROJECTS As of June 30, 2010 NAME PROGRAM - CY 2010 ACTUAL ACCOMPLISHMENT TO DATE TOTAL OF No. AREA, HA. AREA, HA. STATUS OF ALLOCATION PROJECT OF ADDITIONAL JOB FB ADDITIONAL ACCOMP. JOB FB (P'000) REHAB TOTAL REHAB TOTAL PROJ REST'N NEW GEN REST'D NEW PHY FIN GEN ABRA 11 20,020.000 280 173 43 496 242 413 100 10 0 110 56 52 157 45 APAYAO 6 49,200.000 1,312 476 0 1,788 463 2,548 311 141 0 452 48 51 276 300 BENGUET 36 38,958.936 179 415 73 667 461 1,103 94 253 15 362 64 64 342 523 IFUGAO 15 15,220.000 472 45 0 517 160 1,061 425 45 0 470 86 86 138 923 KALINGA 20 104,110.554 4,595 301 0 4,896 1,217 5,251 4,487 245 0 4,732 97 97 1,164 4,955 MT. PROVINCE 45 68,500.000 590 20 0 610 823 1,977 255 9 0 263 65 66 483 975 TOTAL FOR CAR 133 296,009.490 7,428 1,430 116 8,974 3,366 12,353 5,672 703 15 6,389 74 74 2,560 7,721 Completed Brush Dam & Spur Dike of HAPID IS, Lamut, Ifugao as of May 24, 2010 Fund: RRENIS 2010 Area: 1,218 ha. Completed Desilting Works & Road Improvement along UCRIS-Que- zon Main Canal as of May 31, 2010 Fund: NDC VI & RRENIS BINENG-JAPPOS CIS Twin Tanks are a cause for celebration. NIA- CAR staff, Jappos Ba-ca Coroz IA, Inc. members, the officiating priest and other guests dance the “Tayaw” during the blessing of the Bineng-Jappos Communal Irrigation System in Bineng, La Trinidad, Benguet on June 6, 2010. The “Tayaw” is a Cordilleran dance with dif- ferent versions in various places in the region and is performed during festivities, rituals and celebrations. The Bineng-Jappos CIS has two tanks, the first of which was constructed in 2000 under BSPP. The other was just completed this year under RRECIS to augment *Photos courtesy of Eng’r. Liza Jane Chugsayan the water irrigating the 47 ha. Tebteb ni Cordillera news 7 NIA-CAR holds...from p. 1 LA VIDA AQUE...from p. 3 Institute (IRRI). Earlier this year, ers simply acknowledge but be on the right path. Speakers from a series of orientation- their weaknesses (No Do your work honestly PhilRice who are research workshops on WST were false humility please). and with integrity. You specialists included Eng’r. consecutively conducted Some hate (to know) will have your flaws. Mina Florague who by NIA-CAR for IA the truth, some get hurt Nobody is perfect. But discussed AO 25 otherwise presidents of the three because of the truth. at least you are trying known as Guidelines for NISs in the region and IA Some like (to know) not to cheat, not to the Adoption of Water- members in Abra. the truth and welcome be dishonest. Having a Saving Technologies WST, which the truth even if it hurts good character won’t (WST) in Irrigated Rice because they know it is make you befriend ev- includes technologies good and they will learn Production Systems in developed to reduce water erybody. Enemies will the Philippines, Glenn from it and the truth will come and go. Dislikes, use in rice production set them free. Ilar and Eda Suplido without yield reduction, hates, envy, sour grapes Some listen, who lectured on the is one of the identified will be there. After all some don’t (especially eight components of measures to adapt to the you cannot please ev- when they think they the Palaycheck System. effects of climate change. erybody. But if you will are the ones being al- Researchers from IRRI This can be have the right reaction luded to). Suspicions! were Emma Quicho who achieved by modifying and right attitude to face Some love to talk about talked on Aerobic Rice the farming operations, the storms that comes others, BUT THINK and Omar Jayag who water management your way, then you can ABOUT THIS: can’t it be discussed WST on Rice and other cultural still be the last man/ possible that the person Production. management practices. woman standing. The who talks to you about T h e It specifically promotes Book of books says: “If another person will not mainstreaming and Controlled Irrigation (CI) it is possible, as far as it talk (READ: spread ru- institutionalization of or Alternate Wetting and depends on you, live at mors) about you to oth- WST is being done through Drying (AWD), in which peace with everyone... ers? Hmmm?.!..?...! the cascading approach ricefields are alternately therefore make every Different cir- where specialists train flooded and non-flooded effort to do what leads cumstances, different prospective trainers in the to a predetermined level to peace and mutual attitudes, different reac- regional level who will through the monitoring edification.”(Romans tions. The list can go on train provincial trainers of field water with the aid 12:18/14:19 NIV). and on... and on... and who will in turn train the of an observation tube My friend, on. farmers. installed in a paddy. where are you? What We may not be are you? How are you? one in the list depicted Reuyan visits... from p. 1 but here is one sure thing – we are what comes NIA turns...from p. 1 called Celika. out of our mouth. As Meanwhile, the Aguyad CIS project was yet to be the Good Book says: was closely followed by started during the time of the visitation but was completed “A good man out of the opening program in on June 10. The project which consisted of two reservoirs and the good treasure of his which DA Secretary Bernie 660 linear meters of mainline rehabilitated seven hectares heart brings forth good; Fondevilla, the guest of high value crop plantation. an evil man out of the of honor and speaker, evil treasure of his heart underscored on good brings forth evil. For out manners and right conduct of the abundance of the learned from kindergarten heart his mouth speaks.” that must be continued (Luke 6:45 NKJV). Two in the discharge of one’s country singers, Reba duties and responsibilities McEntire and Vince Gill, as a NIAn. put it this way: “the The opening day heart won’t lie.” What is was also made extra colorful in our heart then even- by the selection of muses tually tells about us. It where the representative shows where we are, what we are, and how of Region 11 was crowned we are. muse of NIA’s 47th year. To the (un)af- Various sports fected, (un)concerned, competitions as well as (un)interested, our right contests on Ballroom reaction and attitude to Dancing, Choir, and ARDOMA members listen intently to Mr. Tarcelo Balusdan, techni- different circumstances Cultural Presentations is what counts. Go on, were also held to play cian of Calawa Drip Irrigation, as he talks about the Drip Irrigation and Celika. ARDOMA visited in time of the planting season. do what you do best central role in this year’s anniversary celebration. Tebteb ni Cordillera FEATURE 8 discovering irrigation & Pepper Celika It’s yummy. It’s healthful. It’s eaten raw. These are what Celika possessed that must have caught the interest (and of course, the taste) of the Acting Administrator in the bell pepper during his visit to Sablan, Benguet in April. Celika is a bell pepper variety belonging to the cultivar group of the species Capsicum annum (chilli pepper), and there are some grown in greenhouses in Sablan. When the usual bell pepper is 18-24 inches in height, Celika is a vine and needs trellises to support it. It is a high-value crop with price that can reach as high as Php200.00 per kilogram. Planting season for the pepper in Calawa Drip Irrigation starts in May while the harvest starts as early as July and continues consecutively for the next eight to nine months until the plants need to be replaced. With the seeds being imported from abroad, Celika is so sensitive to diseases and water requirement that it requires careful attention and timely irrigation through drip. DRIP IRRIGATION Drip irrigation is the direct application of slow, even water trickle to soil and plants using plastic tubing placed at the soil surface or the plants’ root zone. Although drip irrigation can be expensive, it offers many benefits especially in the efficient use of water. Well-designed drip irrigation systems lose practically no water to runoff, percolate deeply, or evaporate as well as reduce water contact with crop leaves, stems, and fruit which helps in the prevention of diseases. Irrigation scheduling is automated and can be managed to meet crop demands, holding the promise of increased yield application of fertilizers along with water. and quality. Since water is applied directly to the Considered as the most efficient way of root zone, this kind of irrigation enables the precise irrigating, drip irrigation can be an adaptation strategy to counter the effect of dry spell when water becomes scarce. ARDOMA also visits Drip IS On June 5, the Association of Regional Directors and Operation Managers (ARDOMA) also visited the same Celika plantation and drip irrigation that the Acting Administrator visited in April. The group had come from the ARDOMA meeting in UPRIIS before proceeding to NIA-CAR regional office. After lunch, while their ladies went to tour the strawberry farms and vegetable trading Acting Administrator Reuyan and ARDOMA members pose with NIA- post in La Trinidad, ARDOMA members chose to CAR staff and IA leaders during their visit to Paswek-Kalipkip CIS, Sablan, Benguet from which the Drip Irrigation traces its source. visit the Drip Irrigation in Sablan, a thirty-minute Photo by: Eng’r. Ronilio Cervantes drive from Baguio City.
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