NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) acquires 91 units of light and transport equipment worth P154.7 million for use in the monitoring and evaluation of the status of on-going construction and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) activities. The acquisition of light/transport equipment is in line with the Four-Point Agenda of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, particularly in instituting measures to improve the delivery of services, such as but not limited to, modernization of equipment for operations and project implementation.
In a simple turnover ceremony on March 01, 2019 at the NIA Grounds, the light/transport equipment was turned over by the winning bidder, Nissan Philippines and Mantrade, to NIA Top Management witnessed by Central Office Department Managers and employees.
The purchase of light/transport and heavy equipment constitutes the three-year re-fleeting program of the Agency from CY 2017. For CY 2017, NIA purchased 34 units of light/transport vehicles and 17 units of heavy equipment. For CY 2018, NIA acquired 91 units of light/transport vehicles and 18 units of heavy equipment. Meanwhile, five units of heavy equipment and 91 units of light/transport vehicles are set for procurement this 2019.
As of December 31, 2017, NIA maintained in operating condition 3,245 units of heavy, light/transport, other support, and special equipment in support to the operations and maintenance of irrigation systems nationwide. Of these, the Agency has a total of 383 existing heavy equipment. Out of which, only 23 units are in good operating condition while the remaining 360 units are very old, less reliable, and operating intermittently. Thus, the three-year re-fleeting program is expected to make NIA operations more efficient and reliable.
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (3-L) receives the 91 service vehicle keys from Nissan Philippines and Mantrade Fleet Sales Executive Mike Lopez (middle) during the Ceremonial Turnover of P154.7-million light and transport equipment as part of the Agency’s Three-Year Re-fleeting Program, together with NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin (2-L), NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan (outermost left), and other Mantrade executives.
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