Friday, January 22, 2010

NIA appoints new head for Bukidnon

CAGAYAN de Oro City—The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), in region 10, proudly announces the installation of Engr. Jimmy L. Apostol as Division Manager A of Bukidnon Irrigation Management Office, in Valencia City, Bukidnon.

His appointment is an offshoot of the rationalization process of the agency as authorized under Executive Order 366 and EO 718 which is the phased implementation of the Rationalization Plan of the NIA.

The NIA formulated its own rationalization plan based on several parameters among them Republic Act (RA) 3601 as amended by PD 552 and PD 1702 Act Creating the NIA, RA 8435 or the Agricultural and Fisheries Modernization Act and RA 7607 Providing A Magna Carta of Small Farmers.

The structural adjustment has created a very lean organization with the merging of organizational units and the regrouping or realignment of functions. Manpower need was scaled down and a great number of personnel were affected.

NIA in region 10 is now composed of two (2) big Irrigation Management Offices (IMOs). Bukidnon retained its identity with one Provincial Irrigation Office and the cluster of national irrigation systems namely; Pulangui, Manupali, Roxas-Kuya and Muleta River Irrigation Systems. Lanao Provinces, Maranding, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental and Camiguin linked up to constitute the other Irrigation Management Office identified as the LAMISCA.

Apostol, the newly appointed head of the Bukidnon IMO was sworn to office by no less than Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance, Teodoro A. Velasco on January 18, 2010, the first to take oath as Division Manager of an IMO under the new set-up.

He is the Assistant of the former Provincial Irrigation Engineer of Bukidnon, Engr. Julius S. Maquiling, who recently promoted as Regional Manager A of NIA, region 10. (Rizalina S. Carbon)

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