Urdaneta City – A thanksgiving mass was just concluded when NIA Administrator Engr. Florencio F. Padernal, DPA arrived early morning on May 6, 2016 to spearheaded the ribbon cutting and unveiling of the marker for the Regional Training Center (RTC) in simple inauguration rites held at the NIA Compound, Bayaoas Road, Urdaneta City.
Padernal was assisted by host NIA Region 1 officials led by RIM John N. Celeste, EOD Manager Frida L. Nidoy, AFD Manager Remedios T. Tuliao, TIARI President Dominador B. Aquino and the all Irrigation Management Officers (IMOs) representing the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. Later, top performing irrigators associations in the region were duly acknowledged and awarded their certificate of recognition by Padernal who was the guest of honor and speaker, and NIA officials for their exemplary performance in the area of ISF collection efficiency, cropping intensity, organizational strength which was derived from the recent functionality survey conducted by the regional office.
A photo exhibit featuring the accomplishments and status of various irrigation projects in the pipe line which includes the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) and the Agno River Irrigation System Extension Project (ARISEP) were showcased at the building lobby during the event. The RTC which is now open to serve customers from other government agencies is fully equipped with two conference halls, cafeteria, receiving area and modest lodging rooms that could accommodate live-in occupants.