NIA, KEXIM-EDCF to monitor environmental and social activities of JRMP II

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 15:36

 

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya and representatives from the Korean Export-Import Bank – Economic Development Cooperation Fund (KEXIM-EDCF) discussed the issues related to the Environmental and Social Monitoring of the Activities of Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Phase II (JRMP II).

The meeting aims to conduct a Stakeholders Forum among lowland and upland project affected families (PAFs) and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), as well as signing of the Minutes of Discussion for environmental and social activities for the project construction phase.

The P11.212-billion JRMP Stage II contract was signed by the NIA Top Management Officials and the executives of Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. on September 03, 2018 to pursue the construction of 109-meter Jalaur High Dam, 38.5-meter Afterbay Dam, 10-meter Alibutan Catch Dam, 80.74-kilometer Highline Canal, and its appurtenant structures. The groundbreaking is expected to be scheduled before the end of this year.

JRMP II is the 8th big irrigation project to be break ground under the Duterte Administration, and the 2nd project to be funded by Korean Export-Import (KEXIM) Bank.  The recently inaugurated Pasa Small Reservoir Irrigation Project was the first project funded under a grant by the Korean Government through the KEXIM Bank.

The construction of JRMP was mandated under Republic Act (RA) 2651 enacted by Congress in 1960. However, due to insufficient funds, the project was implemented in two stages. Stage I is the rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems covering an area of 22,340 hectares. Stage II is the construction of high dam, hydropower electric plant, domestic water supply, watershed management.

NIA is now ascertaining its vital contribution to the inclusive socio-economic growth and agricultural development of the country through an efficient, sustainable, and reliable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers.

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

PILIPINA P. BERMUDEZ, CESE
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: vparamio@yahoo.com
Mobile: 0995 251 7847
Landline: 921-3741

NIA opens P74-million Libmanan-Cabusao Pumping Station

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 13:20

 

NIA Region V – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, conducted the Blessing and Inauguration Ceremony of the new P74-million Pumping Station of the Libmanan-Cabusao Pump Irrigation System (LCPIS) in Awayan, Sipocot, Camarines Sur on October 11, 2018.

The newly inaugurated pumping station has four units of brand new 250 HP diesel engines and pumps which will irrigate 2,195 hectares of farmlands, benefitting 1,728 farmers and their families in 10 barangays in Libmanan and two barangays in Cabusao, Camarines Sur.

The LCPIS was originally constructed in the early 1980s under the Integrated Area Development Program of the Philippine government with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The original pumping station had four units of electrically-driven engines and pumps. In 1998, the electric engines were replaced with diesel engines and only two remain operational today.

Camarines Sur has the largest potential irrigable area of 123,700 hectares among the six provinces of Bicol Region. As of June 2018, NIA has already irrigated a total service area of 77,043 hectares in Camarines Sur, attaining 62.28 percent of irrigation development. Thus, this new pumping station of LCPIS is projected to add to the percentage of irrigation development in the province.

NIA, as the lead government agency mandated to develop all possible sources of water for irrigation, remains dedicated on its mandate of providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers through the construction, rehabilitation, restoration, and maintenance of irrigation systems nationwide.

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

PILIPINA P. BERMUDEZ, CESE
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: vparamio@yahoo.com
Mobile: 0995 251 7847
Landline: 921-3741

NIA receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 15:19

 

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is now International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 Certified after being assessed by the AJA Registrars on September 12, 2018.

AJA is the third-party ISO-accredited certifying body that audited NIA’s Quality Management System (QMS) for public administration of irrigation services on June 27-28, 2018 and bestowed the registration certificate under the management of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya.

The audit was conducted to determine the NIA’s compliance with the standards of ISO. The scope of registration focused on the major activities of the four sites of the Agency namely: a) Central Office, b) Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (UPRIIS), c) Regional Office IV-A, and d) Quezon Irrigation Management Office (Quezon IMO) in Lucena City, Quezon Province.

NIA transitioned from ISO 9001:2008 to the newer version of 9001 series (ISO 9001:2015) since the certification of the former had expired on September 15, 2018. The transition is also part of the Agency’s continual improvement in the delivery of services. It also aims to expand its coverage to include all regional offices across the country.

For 55 years, NIA remains committed to its mandate to develop, construct, operate, and maintain irrigation systems as vital contribution to the inclusive socio-economic growth and agricultural development of the country.

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