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Small Water Irrigation Systems Association (SWISA) from Regions 1,2,3, 4A, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), convened during the Cluster I SWISA Congress last March 13-15, 2018 at the Subic Bay Travelers Hotel, Subic, Zambales.

The convention was conducted by the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) in coordination with the DA’s regional offices.

The activity was conducted to showcase and support the functions and rules of SWISA; and to formulate resolutions on the development and rehabilitation of farm machineries or irrigation system as an output.

DA Undersecretary for Field Operations Ariel T. Cayanan, during his keynote speech, said that through their resolutions, they are extending their assistance to the government by giving recommendations and document for better implementation of their projects.

“Ang DA ay patuloy na gumagawa at patuloy na mag-iisip ng paraan para lalo pang matulungan ang mga magsasakang Pilipino. Patuloy ninyo lamang ipakita ang inyong supporta sa programa ganun din ang panatilihing maayos at napapakinabangan ang mga proyektong ipinagkaloob sa inyo lalo na ang mga small scale irrigation program at mga makinarya”, Usec Cayanan said.

Angel C. Enriquez, Officer-in-Charge, BSWM,  also emphasized that the activity was conducted for the government to know and listen to the farmers and to help them reach other farmers in the field.

 “Malaki ang magagawa ninyo [SWISA] para maprotektahan ang lupa at tubig. The BSWM is committed to advocate the protection of our prime agricultural areas”, stressed Enriquez.

A series of lectures were discussed such as the Interventions and Initiatives of the DA Rice Banner Program, Application of Water Rights Permit by the Natural Water Resources Board (NWRB), Company Registration System (CRS) by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and among others.//Herman Danis