CABANATUAN City -- A subdivision developer was asked by the Right of Way committee of the Division 3 office of the National Irrigation Administration-Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (NIA-UPRIIS) to rectify the encroachment it allegedly made when a fence of the subdivision was found overstepping the NIA property line.
Engr. Jose Ariel G. Domingo, NIA-UPRIIS Division 3 manager, however, said that the management of Imperial Central Plains Subdivision (ICPS) is amenable to their request in line with the new memorandum of agreement forged between his office and ICPS area manager Millicent Phoebe Moreno, regarding the development of their new 7.1-hectare Phase 2 project in Bgy. Bakod-Ba-yan.
The Division 3 office, which is the only division able to collect drainage service fees (DSFs) in UPRIIS, said Domingo had already inked an earlier MoA with ICPS last August 2015 involving a 9.6-hectare property of the subdivision and with the construction of its second phase, another MoA was forged for the provision of drainage services by UPRIIS to their new project.
Because under the MoA, the DSF must first be fully paid to UPRIIS, Domingo said he first asked the ICPS to put in order their boundary fence which overlapped the NIA property line before paying in full the corresponding DSF.
Records show that as of September this year, Division 3 was able to collect revenues from DSFs amounting to P69,228.60, higher than its 2017 total collection of P67,548.14. It also netted P622,000 in certification fees, P339,279.76 in equipment rentals and P860,438 in irrigation development cost recovery.
“With the passage of the Free Irrigation Service Act this February, where only those farm holdings with more than eight hectares are subject to the payment of ISFs, UPRIIS Division 3 has no other option but to step up on its collection efforts to be able to increase our income,” said Domingo.