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.
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.
NIA Central Office - NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya approved the nine (9) Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to seven (7) Hydropower Developers, December 22, at NIA Conference Room.
The said MOU gave permission to the developers to conduct Feasibility Study (FS) on the development of proposed Hydropower Plants within several NIA Irrigation Systems.
As stipulated in the MOU, the said feasibility study is at no cost to NIA. It will also have an inextendible term of one year from effectivity.
Further, the memorandum does not also vest preferential or exclusive right to the developer/s to develop/implement the project upon the completion of the FS.
“Wala naman gastos dito ang NIA. Wala din naman masisirang irrigation systems natin kasi part din ng MOU natin na ang developer shall not remove, displace, destroy any improvement during the course of the study”, said NIA Administrator Visaya.
Those developers include C Squared Prime Commodities (CSPC) Corporation which is interested in putting up conventional HydroElectric Power Plant (HEPP) in Agno River Irrigation System (ARIS) in Pangasinan; the PHILCARBON, Inc. which intends to develop a 600 kW HEPP along MARIS Magat F in Cordon, Isabela; the Iraya Energy Corporation which proposes to develop a 1MW HEPP along MARIS (South) Main Canal in Ramon, Isabela.
Other developers were Matuno River Development Corporation which plans to develop and 8 MW run-of-river mini-hydro project along Matuno River in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya; the Tokyo Electric Power Services Company, LTD. (TEPSCO) which aims to develop a power plant along the Bayongan Diversion Chute in Ubay, Bohol; and the DA Green Power Consultancy which proposes to install Helios Powerball along Balingasag Canal, Daguitan RIS Canal, and Ormoc BAO RIS Canal in Misamis Oriental, Tacloban, and Leyte respectively.
The NIA chief, on some of his speaking engagements, always wanted to pursue optimizing the potential of NIA’s existing irrigation systems. He agreed to the idea of putting up eco-tourism destinations as well as hydropower plants and floating solar power to all potential irrigation sites owned and managed by the agency.
As of press time, there are 357 potential hydropower sites identified. These sites, upon development, will provide electricity to far-flung communities and will further boost the economic development of the country as a whole.
Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco received the rice gift from National Confederation of Irrigators Association (NCIA). Present during the turn-over were (From L-R) NIA Board Member for Private Sector Mr. Gregorio Sarmiento, NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya, NCIA President Silvestre Bonto, and NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Gen. Romeo Gan.
Davao City - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) gathered Irrigators Associations (IAs) nationwide for a policy engagement and Philippine Irrigation Knowledge learning with the theme “Rural transformation from Free Irrigation Service” held at Waterfront Insular Hotel, Lanang, Davao City on December 13-16.
The 2-day event highlighted policy updates on Free Irrigation Service as supported by both the Congress and the Senate. The 300 participants had their interactive learning exhibits and breakout sessions to share their knowledge about the processes related to innovation, including smallholder agriculture and family farming. An open discussion for the issues and opportunities was also conducted to address challenges and trends that affect irrigators associations.
The NIA Administrator said that the event was conceptualized and organized with the hopes of providing various policy platforms for consolidation of issues and concerns, interaction with partner stakeholders, and cooperation among the farmer-irrigators.
“I therefore encourage each and every one to join hands and exert your full support toward the success of this event as a subordinate for attaining the inclusive economic growth and development of Philippine agricultural sector”, said NIA Chief.
NCIA President Silvestre Bonto acknowledged the long term partnership of NIA and IAs in supporting the agricultural sector of the country and attaining a rice self-sufficient nation.
“NIA has been strengthening the IAs and works with them, not only pooling and generating resources for irrigation purposes, but also for our socio-economic development”, he added.
The PIKL-PE event was guided by the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 to expand opportunities in Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, and ensure ecological integrity, clean and healthy environment.
It was also align with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aims to end all forms of poverty and hunger, to promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, and to strengthen global partnership for sustainable development.
As a relative program of SDGs, a total of 175,275 kilograms of rice amounting to P8,763,750.00 was given by the Irrigators Associations to the Office of the President. The ceremonial hand over was accepted by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco who said that the rice cavans will go a long way especially to those families who are living on poverty line.