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Sadanga holds CIS operation and maintenance training;

traditional practices shared



he operation and maintenance training for Communal Irrigation System (CIS) was conducted at Pobalacion, Sadanga, Mountain Province on October 2-3, 2013. The activity was facilitated by the staffs of Component IV, Eng’r Randy Banguitan and Jennilyn Lengwa assisted by William Farong-ey and Judith Wadwadan, CMOs in the area. The participants came from barangays Bekigan, Demang, Poblacion and Sacasacan in Sadanga.


Theories and concept of operation and maintenance for CIS was discussed in the first part of the training. During the discussion, participants shared their traditional practices in scheduling time in watering their rice fields. They called this “piyas.”


Piyas is the indigenous way of scheduling in watering rice fields that is being practiced during dry season, which is from February to May. Scheduling is beginning from source going to bottom. During day time, rice fields near the water source will have the water first and during night time rice fields located at the bottom will have the water.


Another good practice shared was the “fvogsong.” The owner of the rice field from the higher area who has rice fields at the bottom will water first the top rice field until it is full. After that the owner will direct now the water to his rice fields at the bottom. This is to maximize the flow of the water to the rice fields.


Participants also shared the unique way in maintaining the water source/dam site (penged) and main canal (arak). Accordingly, before undertaking any field activities, weeding and removing of siltation along the canal is done to ensure the good condition of the CIS. This activity is done through shouting (bugaw) of any member. Anyone who will not comply will be fined (tunton) in kind or in cash. Accumulated fines are being used to buy food for those who will work the following day. Often times it is used to buy native chicken or meat to be butchered at the water source.


The second part of the training was the formulation of Irrigator’s Association (IA).The beneficiaries agreed to have their association by irrigation. This was followed by the formulation of their constitution and bylaws (CBL) adopting the traditional practices. The formulated CBL is to be presented during assembly of IA for ratification and adoption. //Judith A. Wadwadan, CMO-Sadanga, Mt. Province

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