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National Irrigation Administration (NIA), in region 10, recently hosted this year’s National Convention of Provincial Irrigation Engineers from October 22 to 24 that drew together the country’s leading exponent of irrigation development.

There are three (3) good reasons why Cagayan de Oro City is consistently chosen as the venue for very significant gatherings.

  1. First, it is a typhoon-free region with favorable climate which ensures an uninterrupted flow of activities.
  2. Second, it is naturally endowed with lovely sights which delight even the most discriminating guest.
  3. Third, aside from being safe and secure, the hospitality is legendary.

For NIA-10, in particular, the recently concluded National Association of Provincial Irrigation Engineers (NASPIE) convention was the fourth of national assemblies hosted by the appointed Regional Manager, Engr. Julius S. Maquiling within a span of four months.

His first big event was the Project Managers Conference in August, 2009 participated in by heads of locally-funded and foreign-assisted national projects followed in the same month by the Association of Regional Directors and Operations Managers (ARDOMA) Conference from the country’s 13 regions with the attendance of the Cordillera Administrative Region, Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Project and the Magat River Integrated Irrigation Project, then the Irrigation Superintendents Association of the Philippines (ISAPHIL) Board of Trustees Meeting in September and lately, the gathering of Provincial Irrigation Engineers which he heads as President.

The NIA Administrator, Carlos S. Salazar, provided inspiration with his presence and bouyed the participants’ spirits with assurance of early year-end bonus, cash gift and other fringe benefits.

On hand to lend support were central office guests composed of: Gregorio S. Dumandan, Department Manager, Operations Department; and Pedro F. De Guzman, Assistant Project Manager, Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP)-Irrigation Component, Project Manager’s Office.

Administrator Salazar was lavish in his praises for Manager Maquiling who bagged his latest promotion hands down from a score of aspirants who were as ambitious but were wanting of charisma and the attributes which make ladders of men.

Maquiling’s sensational rise to fame is phenomenal and he is scaling the leader of power with resolve and confidence.

The NASPIE meeting is the medium where issues of common interest and concern pertinent to irrigation infrastructure, economic growth and unified goals for sustainable development are presented and deliberated on.

It delved on the implementation of the administration’s current thrust under the Quick Response Fund Scheme and the National Development Corporation program for restoration and rehabilitation, the progress of calendar year 2009 CARP-Irrigation Component projects and the status of Irrigation Service Fee Collection, Cropping Intensity and Viability Index.

The affair was capped with a thanksgiving mass and luncheon party tendered by NASPIE President and Manager Maquiling at the Ursuline Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Convent. The mass was co-celebrated by Monsignor Elmer Abacajin, SSV, HP and Rev. Fr. Ed Magtrayo, SSV of the Bulua Parish.

The three (3) day event will have a long-lasting impact not only in making irrigation management more efficient but also in developing best practices and better solutions to the challenges of sustainable development consistent with the requisites for economic growth.

The 2009 NASPIE Convention was a roaring success because of the staff’s impressive teamwork inspired by the indomitable spirit and far-reaching vision of Maquiling.

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