NIA Chief warns contractors for delays; advises all for unauthorized use of his name

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 13:52


NIA, Quezon City – NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña, last week, issued cautionary letter among the contractors who were behind the target date of the agreed project completion. This is in line with the new administration thrust to efficiently improve the existing irrigation facilities in a timely manner.

“Among my mandate is to give higher priority to the increase of irrigation area through rehabilitation of existing irrigation facilities”, Administrator Laviña noted.

The concerned contractors which attained very low or poor physical accomplishments as of December 2016 were given a warning by Office of the Administrator to urge them to improve their contract performances.

They were also directed to come up with their respective catch-up plans to address the delays. “We are giving you (contractors) 30 calendar days to submit your firm’s commitment to complete the obligated works as specified in the contract”, Laviña added.

Just recently, the Irrigation Chief told all the contractors dealing with NIA that he will not hesitate to suspend all the contractors who will fail to meet their obligations and will use sub-standard materials for the projects.

NIA to assists JICA Cambodia on Water Resources Management

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 14:20


NIA, Quezon City – NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña welcomes the request from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Cambodia’s River Basin Water Resources Utilization Project (RBWRU) to gather information about water resources management in the country.

The letter specified that said information will serve as inputs to the design of the proposed Third-Country Training Program of JICA Cambodia’s RBWRU. The team is expected to visit the country on January 17-18, 2017.

They also wanted to see the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS) in Nueva, Ecija to know the current situation on Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of National Irrigation Systems (NIS) in the country. 

Administrator Laviña is very open to coordinate with other agencies from neighboring countries as it will expose the country in international trend on irrigation and agriculture sector. He said that the visit is in time with the scheduled hosting of the Philippines for ASEAN Unity this year.

JICA Cambodia has been supporting the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM) through the implementation of RBWRU since 2014. The project aims to establish coordination mechanism for water resources utilization in the target river basins in Cambodia.

NIA Administrator visits Region 6

Friday, January 6, 2017 - 16:13


January 4, 2017, Iloilo City - Newly appointed Administrator of National Irrigation Administration, Peter Tiu Laviña conducted his first field visit for 2017 in Region 6.

Administrator Laviña together with Region 6 Regional Manager, Engineer Gerardo P. Corsiga and Iloilo Guimaras Irrigation Management Office Manager, Engineer Florencio P. Colorado went to see the actual structures of the Santa Barbara River Irrigation System dam located at Brgy. Tungay, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. The said dam is the oldest in Western Visayas, which was built on December 1, 1922.

He then proceeded to Barotac Viejo Small River Irrigation Project (BVSRIP) located at Brgy. Nueva Invencion, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo which is currently being jointly constructed by Oscar R. Sarmiento Construction, Inc. and Newington Builders, Inc. The project which is a 27.65 meters tall dam with crest length of 373.37 meters and crest width of 9.00 meters has a total catchment size of 50.40 square kilometers.  It has a reservoir capacity of 11.084 mcm and inflow design of 874.60 cms which targets to irrigate 2,050 hectares.

Irrigation Chief eyes Nat’l Planning Conference

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 14:18


NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña graces the 1st Flag Raising Ceremony of the agency this year at NIA Central Office, January 3, 2017.

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is set to hold a national planning conference next week to chart its new direction with the implementation of the free irrigation promise of President Rodrigo Duterte.

New Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña told NIA employees during the flag-raising ceremony marking the first working day of the 2017 that the conference will be held on January 9-11.  He added that it will be attended by senior management officials coming from the Central Office, the regions and special project offices.

He said various focus teams will be formed thereafter to oversee the implementation of NIA's to fulfill a four-point agenda, namely, implementing free irrigation, constructing more irrigation projects, harnessing water resources for hydroelectric power and the institutional review of the agency.

“Sa bawat major na gagawin natin gagawa tayo ng focus teams, participatory ang magiging paraan natin that is why hindi lang manggagaling sa ating hanay ang magiging members nito”, he added

New NIA Administrator visits MARIIS and NIA-R02

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 16:45


NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña, together with MARIIS Department Manager Wilfredo C. Gloria, Region 02 Irrigation Manager Antonio C. Lara, and Cordillera Administrative Region Irrigation Manager John Socalo, visited the 8.5 MW MARIS Main (South) Canal Hydroelectric Power Plant Project currently being constructed by the SN Aboitiz Project

CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela - New National Irrigation Administration Chief Peter Tiu Laviña visited the Magat River Integrated Irrigation System and the NIA-Region 02 Irrigation Management Office here in Cauayan City, Isabela on December 28, 2016.

Administrator Laviña who took office this month, met with the management and staff of the two offices.

He reiterated his four point agenda-implementation of free Irrigation Service Fee, undertaking of irrigation projects, harnessing water resources for hydropower, and institutional review of mandate, programs, and activities of the agency.

Together with MARIIS Department Manager Wilfredo C. Gloria, Region 02 Irrigation Manager Antonio C. Lara, and Cordillera Administrative Region Irrigation Manager John Socalo, Administrator Laviña visited the 8.5 MW MARIS Main (South) Canal Hydroelectric Power Plant Project currently being constructed by the SN Aboitiz Project.

NIA assesses damaged irrigation facilities

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 14:18


(R) NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña listened to the incoming initial reports on damaged irrigation facilities in areas hit by Typhoon Nina. (Left) NIA OIC-Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Engr. Lydia S. Esguerra together with (2nd to the Left) NIA Operations Manager Engr. Romeo M. Lopez handed and discussed the reports to NIA chief, on December 27, at NIA Administrator’s Office.

National Irrigation Administration – NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña headed the preliminary assessments of the initial reports coming from the regional irrigation offices affected by the recent Typhoon Nina at NIA central Office, December 27. 

According to the consolidated report, regions 4A, 4B, and 5 were the areas severely affected by the typhoon. As of yesterday, the damages caused by ‘Nina’ amounted to P25.14 million for crops and P49 million for infrastructure.

Operations Department Manager Engr. Romeo M. Lopez said the initial report showed that about 3,540 hectares of lands and 3,818 farmers from 4A, 4B, and 5 were affected. Some of the damages in irrigation facilities include; counterfort, diversion works, canal lining, river embankment, protection works, etc.

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