P2.5-M irrigation project in Negros Oriental inaugurated

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 13:25


Project Turn-over with Engr. Nestor M. Pastor, local government officials of Brgy. Balili, Valencia, Negros Oriental and NIA personnel (left-right).

NIA Negros Island Region - Negros Oriental Satellite Office (NOSO) together with the Local Government Unit (LGU) conducted the blessing and inauguration of Valencia/Balili Communal Irrigation Project last November 17, at Brgy. Balili, Valencia, Negros Oriental.

Balili CIP will benefit at least 42 farmers covered by the Balili Community and Livelihood Association (BALCOLA), Inc. The project will potentially irrigate 10 hectares of service area which can directly support agricultural productivity within the area.  

The project has a total cost of Php 2,500,000.00 under Bottoms up Budgeting (BUB) with an LGU counterpart of Php 375,000.00

Engr. Nestor M. Pastor, Head, NOSO expressed his gratitude for the support of local officials in coming up with a successful project implementation.

The local government officers were also overwhelmed for the unwavering support of NIA to their projects.

NIA, NOSFIA conduct 10th IA Congress

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 11:57


Negros Oriental Siquijor Irrigator’s Association 2015 Awardees with Jose Mari V. Medina (President, NOSFIA, Inc.), Ms. Rufinita Ada, Engr. Helen T. Lacpao and Engr. Nestor M. Pastor (Head, NOSO) (left-right).

Negros Oriental – The annual celebration of promoting better partnership and dependable relationship between the National irrigation Administration (NIA) and Irrigator’s Association (IA) remains a dynamic platform for agreements, discussions, and consultations between the two key partners on irrigation development of the country.   

The 10th IA Congress participated by the Negros Oriental and Siquijor Federation of Irrigators Association (NOSFIA) commenced on November 17, 2016 at Dumaguete Cathedral Credit Cooperative (DCCCO), Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

Guests from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Agriculture, (DA) and Civil Service Commission (CSC) were invited to share inputs about their programs and services with strategies on how to effectively administer their organization.

Project availment from the Provincial Government was highlighted by President Rose Mary Caunca of League of Government Assisted Federation of Irrigator’s Association Negros Occidental (LeGAFIANO).

The event also recognized the performing IAs for 2015 of the Negros Oriental Satellite Office (NOSO). Sandulot-Siaton-Negros IA, Datag-Poblacion-Canaway IA, Bal-os Sandig FIA, Sta. Catalina Alangilan FIA, and Jugno FIA received the award for Most Viable Irrigators Association.

Datag-Poblacion-Canaway IA, Catigugan FIA, Sta. Catalina FIA, Jagna-Nagbalaye FIA, Fatima-Licolico FIA, Bal-os Sandig FIA, Jugno FIA, and Luca San Isidro FIA were all recognized as IAs with full payment of 2015 CIS Amortization.

IAs who attained 30% Equity generation for CY 2015 projects were Datag-Poblacion-Canaway IA and Jugno FIA.

The Irrigator’s Associations pledged to continue their utmost efforts to support not only the viability of the agency as a whole but most importantly to contribute for the attainment of a rice self-sufficient nation.  

IAs and NIA remain vital partners in the provinces of Negros Oriental and Siquijor.


Resettlement program, assistance for BBMP II affected communities on-going

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 15:44


NIA Quezon, City – The payment of plant damages and other improvements affected by the construction of Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project Phase II - North and South Main Canal are continuously being processed.

The National Irrigation Administration BBMP II together with the local government units and other government agencies work hand in hand to focus their effort to the affected communities as the project verge of its full-blown implementation before this year end.

NIA Region 3 Manager and BBMP Project Manager Engr. Josephine B. Salazar, during one of the discussions with local officials, said that local executives claimed that much sought and long awaited construction of BBMP II is a green light for the unhindered development of Tarlac.

Tarlac 1st District Representative Charlie O. Cojuangco and 3rd District Representative Noel L. Villanueva gladly welcome the fresh development presented by Engr. Salazar. “We are happy that this project will bring an extreme relief for our constituents, especially our farmers and fisherfolks”, Congressman Cojuangco said.  

Smooth relocation of the Project Affected Families (PAFs) prior to the construction of Balog-balog high dam is in progress. Under the resettlement program, the following construction activities for this year include; resettlement site development II, slope protection/riprapping, construction of core house, construction of community structures at San Jose area, and construction of water and electrical system at Mambog, Sula, San Jose, Tarlac.

Others include settlers’ assistance, real property acquisition and land distribution, repair and improvements/maintenance of project buildings and facilities, and equipment repair, utilization and maintenance.  

“We are now in our fourth year of our project implementation. During the previous years, we focus primarily on initial preparatory and transition works as part of the pre-construction activities”, Engr. Salazar explained.

This year, the project has a total allocation of P8.4 billion which came from CY 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and CY 2015 carry-over program. The total project cost is P13.37 billion which is locally funded. It started last January 2013 and set to be completed by December 2018.

Chinese Embassy Visits NIA Anew Future Partnership

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 14:39


(Right) NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal chats with (Left) Commercial Counselor Jin Yuan of Chinese Embassy before leaving the compound.

National Irrigation Administration, Quezon City – Commercial Counselor Jin Yuan and Second Secretary Yang Ming from the Chinese Embassy here in the Philippines meet NIA’s top management headed by NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, November 3, at the NIA Conference Room, Quezon City.

The meeting was primarily to discuss a smooth future cooperation for country’s irrigation sector. “We are glad that the Philippine President Duterte had a very successful state visit in China” Counselor Yuan said. Following the recent state visit of President Duterte in China, he further emphasized that the next most important action of the economic partnership is substantial implementation.

“We believe that your country (Philippines) is one of the most important economies in Asia”, he noted. The Commercial counselor further shared his meeting with the NEDA to draw-up a 6-year economic plan for the Philippines.

NIA thru Administrator Padernal briefly introduced the agency and its’ accomplishments for the past two years including the hydropower initiatives. Six (6) projects being proposed for funding were also presented, these are:

1 - Asbang Small Reservoir Impounding Project (SRIP) located in Davao del Sur province in Region 11,  estimated to irrigate 469 hectares  and with an estimated project cost of PhP 1,200 Million;

2 - Bohol Northeast Basin Multipurpose Dam Project located in Bohol Province, Region 7. It will irrigate an estimated area of 12,500 hectares covering 6 municipalities, and with an estimated cost of PhP4,134 Million;

3 - Gregorio del Pilar Impounding Project in the province of Ilocos Sur, Region 1. It will irrigate about 5,000 hectares in 5 municipalities and will have an estimated project cost of PhP3,452 Million;

4 - Ilocos Norte Irrigation Project covering the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur  both in Region 1, and the province of Abra in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). The estimated Service Area of the PhP14,994.04Million Project is 12,400 hectares;

5 - Tumaini River Multipurpose Project located in the Cagayan province, Region2. It will cover three (3) municipalities of the province. The project will generate an estimated service area of 4,585 hectares and it has an estimated Project cost of PhP4,003.03.

6 - Panay River  Basin Integrated Development  Project located in the provinces of Iloilo and Capiz in Region 6. The PhP14,761.90 Million project will benefit 19 Municipalities and will irrigate an estimated service area of 28,000 hectares.

Administrator Padernal stressed that all of the six (6) projects have their Feasibility Studies (FS) underway and should be fast tracked as it is hoped that the proposed projects will be completed in 2-4 years time.

As a moving forward action, Counselor Yuan asked the management to come up with a list of priority projects for the next 6 years. “We would like to request for your project proposals and see which we can push through”, he noted. 

Administrator Padernal assured Counselor Yuan that NIA will surely work in parallel with National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), which is one the prime agency coordinating with the China Exim Bank Financing. 

“We are happy that it can be the fruitful start of future collaborations between the two countries”, Dr. Padernal said.

Also in attendance to the meeting from NIA are the Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Ms. Estrella Icasiano and the OIC-Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Engr. Lydia Esguerra; senior staff from the project Planning Division, Corporate Planning and the Public Affairs and Information Staff.


NIA, DSWD converge for better lives in Jalaur-covered areas

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 10:21


STRENGTHENED PARTNERSHIP. The National Irrigation Administration represented by Regional Manager Gerardo Corsiga (seated, 2nd from L) and Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VI represented by Regional Director Rebecca Geamala (center) inked  a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the generation of employment and livelihoods for the disadvantaged population of Region VI under the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) Convergence Project. Also in photo are JRMP II Division Manager for Engineering Engineer Jonel Borres (seated,1st from L) and DSWD Assistant Regional Director Delia Bacolcol (seated, 1st from R). Standing as witnesses at the back are the Heads of Divisions and Sections of JRMP II and personnel from DSWD.

Iloilo City - Better lives are up for the stakeholders and disadvantaged population of Iloilo’s biggest irrigation development project. On October 20, 2016, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI strengthened partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

“Generating Employment and Livelihoods for the Disadvantaged Population of Region VI under the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) Convergence Project”, the MOU goes. It aims to maximize resources and programs of both agencies for poverty alleviation and protection of social, cultural, and economic well-beings of project-affected communities. Through this, sustainable livelihoods, employment and interventions for affected families of government infrastructure projects such as the JRMP II are secured and ensured.

“It is the strong desire of the DSWD to expand its services to people especially those we cannot reach and those who have less or no access at all to government services,” explained DSWD Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala. “Through NIA, we will reach out to families affected by the JRMP II not only in Calinog but in the 22 other towns affected by it,” she added.

Through DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), qualified Project-Affected Families (PAFs) will be provided with livelihood intervention through four modalities. These include Skills Training with provision of starter kits for one qualified household member. There will also be Pre Employment Assistance Fund (PEAF) for one eligible skilled beneficiary and Seed Capital Fund for establishment of microenterprises. Finally, Cash Building Livelihood Asset to provide emergency employment for 11 days with a daily rate equivalent to 75% of the Regional minimum wage.

NIA Regional Manager and Concurrent Project Manager Engineer Gerardo P. Corsiga welcomed the strong support of DSWD to the project.

“It has always been our aim to invite all government agencies to come in and join this project. . .this partnership with DSWD will help alleviate the living conditions of our poor brothers in a wider scope,” Engineer Corsiga explained. “We thank the DSWD for their support to JRMP II,” he added.

This strengthened partnership between the two agencies is covered by the Inter-Agency Mechanism for JRMP II implementation.  Under this initiative, 25 national government agencies, the Provincial Government of Iloilo, and the Local Government Unit of Calinog forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to address needs of various stakeholders. These include infrastructure, livelihood and social basic services requests of the affected Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities.

JRMP II will be the first large-scale reservoir dam outside of Luzon. It will provide year-round irrigation to 31,840 hectares of farm land and increase rice production. Most importantly, the project will contribute to the national rice self-sufficiency target of 7.6 percent. Also, its 6.6 megawatts hydroelectric power and bulk water component will augment the province’s and city’s demand for power and water.

The project is a ‘much-needed’ development project for every Illonggo family.

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