Former AFP Chief of Staff and now NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya during the agency’s Flag Raising Ceremony held at NIA Compound, April 3, 2017
NIA, Quezon City - The new installed irrigation chief Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya (Ret.) talked about his plans and actions for the irrigation sector during the agency’s flag raising ceremony, April 3, 2017. The new administrator admitted that the nature of work in the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is way far than his previous assignment in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
"It’s true that this setting is unusual to what I am accustomed back in AFP but I assure you that I have the experiences and resolve to learn the ropes”, he said.
The former AFP chief believed that the country is fortunate to have vast farmlands and that agriculture remains a primary feature to which our country face prides on.
“That is why we are giving tantamount attention to it (agriculture) by developing sustainable irrigation systems”, he added
In his speech, Administrator Visaya firmly laid down the foundation of his commitments to the agency and the irrigation sector. These include (1) Eradication of graft and corruption, (2) Instituting measures aim to improve the delivery of our service, (3) Uplifting the morale and welfare of NIA’s human resource, and (4) Strengthening administration’s organization structures and development essential capabilities.
He honestly admitted that just like in any organizations there are stains of graft and corruption but stated that there are still hopes to remove the dirt as per the efforts of the Duterte administration deepens and intensifies.
He also wanted to assure that the fuel of our agriculture (irrigation systems) is remarkably sustainable. He further noted that boosting the morale of NIA’s employees is one of his priorities as it is a way to express to them that they are valued and respected.
“Excellent performers beget excellent results”, Visaya told.
The NIA chief also wanted to acquire more modern and state-of-the-art technologies and equipment to upgrade the services and performances of the agency.
At the end of his speech, he asked for everyone’s support and commitment to steer the agency towards a better position.
“I will promote dependability and teamwork because I alone cannot accomplish these things hence I seek everyone’s support and together we can be better”, he emphasized
Right after the ceremony, the NIA administrator went directly to the conference room together with NIA officials including division, department, and CO-based project managers for the 1st Management Committee Conference (ManComm) under his stewardship.
He reminded the group to do their job well and do it rightly and legally. He also advised everyone that he will personally check on delayed irrigation projects all throughout the country.