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City to benefit from DA irrigation equipment

THE proposed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the city government and the Department of Agriculture (DA-10) for the grant of one unit pump and engine set is now being reviewed by the City Council committee on agriculture and fisheries chaired by Councilor Annie Y. Daba.

Under the MOA, the DA-10 shall regularly monitor the activities of the city including the operation and maintenance of the equipment and ensure the installation/trial run/testing and evaluation of the equipment.

DA-10 shall also provide such other support or assistance as may be required by the composite teams to ensure the successful implementation of the project.

For its part, the city shall take charge as caretaker and temporarily lend the machinery/equipment to farmer’s organization/beneficiaries or neighboring cities, responsible in shouldering the operating and maintenance cost of the irrigation equipment, among others.

The city shall, likewise, come up with guidelines and policies of operation, operating scheme, cost and strategies that are appropriate in consonance to the project objectives. This will be submitted to DA for concurrence and be part of the agreement, The Power learned.

The DA-10 is requesting the City Council headed Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy to enact an ordinance authorizing Mayor Oscar Moreno to sign the MOA for the purpose. (JBD)

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