Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. has insisted on the need to undertake and accelerate implementation of a national irrigation development program to boost agricultural productivity of the country.
In line with this, Marcos urged the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) to investigate and study all available and possible water resources in the country, primarily for irrigation purposes. He said NIA should also plan, design, construct and improve all types of irrigation projects.
Marcos explained that the idea of national irrigation program should be guided by the following principles:
1. Generation, restoration and rehabilitation of the irrigation systems and facilities using progressive and modern irrigation methods;
2. Reformulation and upgrading of the irrigation methods through continued research and development and application of technological advancements in the field of irrigation;
3. Acceleration of agricultural production through improved methods; and,
4. Strengthening of coordination with local government units, cooperatives, farmers’ associations, non-government organizations, and technical assistance and development of the irrigation systems used in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
The NIA was created by law in 1963 primarily to address the needs of the “irrigation age.”
The senator noted that after almost 50 years of NIA’s existence there is still much more to be desired in terms of the attainment of its yearly targets and actual accomplishments.
“There is a need to accelerate irrigation development in the country in order to address the pressing agricultural needs of our countrymen,” he said.