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Saturday, November 12, 2011

BSWM Prepares Summit for Small Scale Irrigation Program

The Department of Agriculture, through the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), will spearhead a summit that will revive interest in small water impounding projects and small diversion dams to support the agency’s irrigation thrusts.

The Small Water Impounding System Associations (SWISAs) summit, scheduled by the end of November, will involve the implementation of Small Water Impounding System (SWIPs) and Small Diversion Dam (SDDs) projects of the government.

The SWISA summit is aimed at the identification of key issues and concerns that would serve as appropriate interventions; solicit suggestions and recommendations from representative SWISAs on measures on how to further improve its capabilities; and properly manage and operate systems in order to achieve an increase in rice production to support to rice self sufficiency programs.

In his report to DA Secretary Proceso Alcala, BSWM Executive Director Silvino Tejada disclosed that recent information reveal that majority of the SWISA’s are not active and lost their interest in fully operating their irrigation systems.

“SWISAs were very active many years back in helping the government undertake small water impounding and irrigation projects. But many of these SWISAs became dormant and inactive even if many of the SWIPs that were established are still operational and in good condition,” Tejada said.

The SWISAs were formed and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) so they could help the BSWM undertake and maintain the small irrigation projects, and also to enter into financial transactions for the benefit of their members.

An assessment of their current status as well as their concerns and key issues are needed to determine the appropriate remedial measures to make these SWISAs active and more participating.

The expecting participants are SWISAs president, LGU technicians, DA-RFU RAED, representative from rice, corn and high value commercial crops program and DA field operation and extention.

BSWM also invited experts and resource person to tackle the rainwater harvesting, renewable energy and the issue on alternative irrigation system.

This summit will be on November 24-25, 2011 at the BSWM Convention Hall, BSWM office, Elliptical Road, Quezon City. Engr. Teresita Sandoval, Engr. IV, Water Management Division, BUREAU OF SOILS AND WATER MANAGEMENT

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