NIA-JRMP bags Good Practice Awards

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 09:47


DSWD Central Office, Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), in leadership of Deputy Administrator (DA) for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik and Engr. Gerardo P. Corsiga, Project Manager of Jalaur Multipurpose River Project II, received the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Good Practice Awards (GPA) 2017 for the Agency’s official entry under the category, “Resolving Recurrent Issues in Project Implementation”, held on March 07, 2018 at DSWD Auditorium, 4th Floor, DSWD Central Office, IBP Road, Constitutional Hills, Quezon City.

The Awarding Ceremony is chaired by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary for Investment Programming Rolando G. Tungpalan. The Final Validation Meeting of the Screening Committee members was held on February 23, 2018.

The entry entitled, “Addressing the issues in securing a Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) for the Project’s Implementation through Convergence with other National Government Agencies to address development needs of the affected families; and Preparation of a Holistic Land Acquisition and Resettlement Action Plan to address compensation, relocation, and restoration of affected livelihood through the Jalaur River Multipurpose River Project, Stage II”, was unanimously agreed and favorably considered by the Screening Committee that NIA’s strategies helped to resolve recurrent issues in project implementation, specifically, on securing FPIC and in addressing the concerns of the affected people.

Meanwhile, Agno River Irrigation System Extension Project – Project Management Office headed by Engr. Ceferino C. Sta. Ana was nominated as one of the finalists for Best Project Management Office Category, while Engr. Alexander G. Coloma, Project Manager of Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project, was nominated for Best Project Manager Category. The entry under the Achieving Desired Outcomes Category entitled, “Constructing a Long Crested Weir ensures Equal Distribution of Water in the Irrigation System through CMIPP Phase 2”, made it to the finals.

Deputy Administrator Sulaik perceived the event as a motivation for NIA’s Top Management Officials to work harder towards excellence in project implementation and irrigation administration.

“The awards conferred by NEDA to NIA-JRMP, ARISEP, AND CMIPP serve as a motivation for us to work harder and secure the efficiency in project implementation. This is a symbol of the Agency’s dedication to contribute to the general welfare of Filipinos, specially, to our farmer-stakeholders”, said DA Sulaik.

The Agency is now ascertaining its vital contribution to the socio-economic and agricultural growth of the country through irrigation development and smooth project implementation.

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

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Chico River Pump Irrigation Project Contract gets inked

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 10:13


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Top Management Officials and the executives of China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd. led the Contract Signing Ceremony of the PhP 4.37-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (Chico River PIP) on March 08, 2018 at Board Room, 3rd Floor, Building A.

The project includes the construction of Pump House, Sub-Station, Transmission Line, Diversion Main Canal, Lateral Canals, Appurtenant Structures, Service/Access Road, and Terminal Facilities for Chico River PIP. It aims to provide substantial and timely water supply for irrigation in support to the agricultural development of the Government. It is projected to create 14,784 jobs during project implementation and 8,700 permanents jobs when the project becomes completely operational.

Chico River PIP, whose water sources come from Chico River, covers the Municipality of Tuao and Piat in Cagayan, and the Municipality of Pinukpuk in Kalinga, Apayao. It has a total service area of 8,700 hectares benefiting 4,350 families.

The acceleration of infrastructure and development of industries yielding robust growth across the archipelago is part of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s 10-P­oint Socioeconomic Agenda  envisioned to reduce poverty from 21.6% in 2015 to 13-15% in 2022 through infrastructure platforms.

The “Build, Build, Build Project” of the government is expected to carry on the power of redesigning the future of the country by increasing income, productive capacity of the economy, and strengthening investment climate.

NIA, as the lead government agency responsible in developing all possible sources of water for irrigation now serves as the country’s driving force to move forward to agricultural productivity, economic growth, and food sufficiency.

In his opening message, Senior Deputy Administrator (SDA) and Chairman of the NIA Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Abraham B. Bagasin expressed his highest regards and gratitude for the support given by the People’s Republic of China to the Agency’s projects.

“Today’s contract signing symbolizes our joint commitment for a wider economic reach and structural development. With that, I am hoping that each and every one of us will do our very best towards the success of this groundbreaking NIA project”, said SDA Bagasin.

On the other hand, NIA Administrator perceived the ceremony as a history and expressed his trust and confidence to the success of the project.

“We are confident that this project will be finished on time or even ahead of time because CAMC has a good reputation. This is a historical event because this is the first project undertaken by the present administration”, Visaya said.

NIA continuously upholds its commitment towards the attainment of rice self-sufficiency and inclusive agricultural development through efficient project implementation.

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

Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
Mobile: 0995 251 7847
Landline: 921-3741

NIA, SNAP switch-on MARIS Hydroelectric plant

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 16:17


NIA Isabela - The National Irrigation Administration and SN Aboitiz Power-Magat, Inc. (SNAP-Magat) inaugurated the 8.5-megawatt (MW) Maris Main Canal Hydroelectric Power plant, January 26, at National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Dams and Reservoir Division.

The MARIS Main Canal 1 HEPP project, located in Brgy. Ambatali, Ramon, Isabela, is the first hydropower plant constructed by SNAP thru its product innovation program.

Completed last quarter of 2017, the Php2.15 billion run-of-river plant started its construction in 2015 thru a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), between NIA and SNAP-Magat, for the development, construction, and operation of the then dubbed 8.5MW Maris Main (South) Canal Hydroelectric power plant.

In his speech, NIA chief Ricardo Visaya identified hydropower development as one of the current undertakings of the agency under integrated irrigation projects. He cited that there are vast opportunities for the country to develop more renewable energy sources thru efficient partnership of public and private sectors. 

“The potentials of Magat dam is not only limited to irrigation, but also for power generation among others [...] undoubtedly this project will offer great advantages to local communities including sustainable domestic source of energy, affordable power source, flood control, and essential power back up during major electricity disruptions”, he added.

Also present during the ceremony were SNAP President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph S. Yu, Senate Committee on Energy and Economic Affairs Chairman Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Department of Energy Undersecretary Jesus Posadas, and Norwegian Ambassador Erik Forner.

The Magat Multipurpose dam is currently irrigating 85,000 hectares of agricultural lands and benefitting at least 200,000 farmers in 34 municipalities in Isabela.

NIA inked contracts for 2 irrigation systems

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 14:12


January 11, 2018 – The National Irrigation Administration approved the construction of two irrigation systems in Luzon and Visayas area. The contract signing was led by NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya, on Monday, at NIA Board Room Central Office. 

The construction of Bulo Earthfill dam and its appurtenant structures pegged at Php 632 million is under the Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) located in San Miguel, Bulacan. The said irrigation project will cover 570 hectares of agricultural lands in Brgy Malibay, San Miguel and Brgy. Kalawakan, Doña Remedios.

The NIA chief also gave the go signal for the construction of two (2) diversion dams of Aklan River Irrigation System (ARIS) located in Panay Island, Aklan. The irrigation project will generate an additional 594 hectares of new areas to the existing service area of 3,916 hectares being irrigated by the Aklan RIS.

The Php 370 million irrigation project is set to benefit seven (7) municipalities of Banga, Kalibo, New Washington, Malinao, Lezo, Makato, and Numancia in the province of Aklan. Part of the contract includes supply, delivery, installation, and commissioning of steel gates under the Aklan RIS improvement Project. 

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