System Management Committee (SMC) Meetings

The Operations and Maintenance Section of NIA Bulacan Irrigation Management Office (Bulacan IMO), under the management of the Division Manager Engr. Placida C. Cordero and the leadership of the O&M Chief Engr. Ernesto L. Mapoy, Jr., successfully conducted the System Management Committee (SMC) Meetings from May 22-24 and May 28-29, 2024.

The meetings took place at NIA Region III Farmers Training Center in Tambubong, San Rafael, Bulacan. These regular SMC activities involve the Federation of Irrigators Association of Angat-Maasim River Irrigation System (AMRIS) and 116 IAs of AMRIS Service Area. It covers 16 municipalities and cities in Bulacan and four municipalities in Pampanga. Various stakeholders and different concerned agencies like the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), National Food Authority (NFA), Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) were present in the event.

The meetings focused on improving and enhancing performance to achieve optimal efficiency. This collaborative effort among stakeholders involved consensus planning for asset preservation, preventive maintenance programs, and disaster prevention countermeasures. These measures include the synchronized utilization of equipment, workforce, and resources. This activity is part of a broader contingency plan aimed at improving the existing irrigation system's water efficiency and boosting water management strategies. The ultimate goal is to achieve technical and operational excellence and good governance through partnerships and collaboration with stakeholders, thus laying a better foundation for the operations of Bulacan IMO.

The welfare of farmer-beneficiaries was a key topic during the open forum, where all stakeholders addressed their concerns. This inspired and unified all parties involved, enhancing their skills and knowledge in providing timely assistance based on NIA's water delivery schedule and cropping calendar. The assistance spans from farmland preparation and crop maintenance to terminal drainage and the post-harvest period.