NIA inks contracts with Irrigators in Bicol

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 16:14

 

NIA, Quezon City – A simultaneous signing of the Modified Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) contracts between NIA and 62 Irrigator Associations (IAs) in Bicol region was the highlight of the recently concluded 2nd Irrigators Associations (IAs) Congress in the province, earlier this week.

NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya led the ceremony which was participated in by some 200 IA leaders from the six Bicol provinces.

In his speech, Administrator Visaya stressed that NIA will continue to construct more irrigation projects in the coming years to improve the farmers’ quality of life.

“Even wala na tayong Irrigation Service Fee (ISF), magpapatuloy pa rin ang ahensiya sa paggabay at pagtulong sa ating magsasaka upang mas mapaunlad pa ang kaalaman nila sa irigasyon”, he added.

As stipulated in the contract, the Irrigators have assumed the responsibility of clearing of lateral canals and the operation & maintenance of secondary irrigation structures and facilities in their respective areas of coverage.

NIA will pay the IAs an amount worth P1,750.00 for the clearing of  every 7 kilometers of lined or concrete canal and the same amount for every 3.5 kilometers of unlined or earth canal for a period of six months in a year. 

In addition, NIA will pay the IAs the amount of P150.00/hectares of irrigated and planted area every cropping season.

Naga City Mayor John G Bongat also witnessed the event and thankful to what NIA is doing in terms of agricultural productivity.

“We recognized NIA’s contribution to agriculture, which is integral to the economic growth, not just in the Bicol region but also in the entire nation”, he said.

Also, the event serves as a table of discussion to inform the IA leaders about the salient features on Free Irrigation Service Fee (ISF) program, which took effect during the first cropping season of 2017.  With this program in place, NIA ceased collecting ISF from its farmer beneficiaries.

The team led by Irrigation Chief Visaya visited also the Hinagyanan Dam in Calabanga to see and inspect the ongoing works on the replacement of dam’s steel gates.

NIA, Nascent ink P27.6-M Mini-Hydro in Bicol

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 12:19

 

NIA, Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration and Nascent Technologies Corp., yesterday, have agreed to develop and construct the 0.4 Megawatts (MW) Barit Irrigation Discharge Hydroelectric Power Plant (HEPP).

Approved by the NIA Board last March 2017, the mini-hydro project is set to generate at least 400 kilowatts of electricity. It is located in Brgy. Sta. Justina East, Buhi, Camarines Sur with the project cost pegged at Php27.6 million.

The project was awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) under the terms of Renewable Energy Act of February 2, 2010.

NIA and Nascent, in 2012, had their re-negotiation to increase the service fee rate and the inclusion of water protocol to avoid flooding incidents in their respective areas of operations.

According to Engr. Edwin Ramos of CamSur IMO, the Barit Mini-Hydro will use the irrigation water being discharge to the existing RIDA main discharge chute and diverting it to the main power canal of Barit mini-hydro.

“It will directly flow to the power house to supply the needed full load flo

w to produce electricity”, he added.

As stipulated in the MOA, Nascent will pay NIA a service fee equivalent to six (6) percent of the gross revenue of the power station.

NIA believes that developing potential sites from its existing irrigation structures/systems for hydroelectric power generation is one of the ways to further utilize the water efficiently and productively.

NIA to harness irrigation water, more hydropower projects eyed

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 10:12

 

NIA, Quezon City - The National Irrigation Administration is currently embarking on the benefits of developing and constructing hydropower projects on its existing irrigation systems and future irrigation projects all throughout the country.

According to the previous studies conducted by the agency, there are about 357 potential irrigation sites for hydropower. This means that NIA aside from providing sustainable and efficient irrigation services can actually be an active partner for power generation.

Earlier this week, NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo Visaya led the signing of MOA together with Nascent Technologies Corp. for the development and construction of 0.4 MW Barit Irrig. Discharge Hydroelectric Power plant pegged at P27.6 million.

The Irrigation chief cited Rizal Hydropower Project as one of the successful partnerships in hydropower development projects. The 1-MW hydropower started its commercial operation this year. It is located near the main canal of Pampanga River Irrigation System (PRIS), Nueva Ecija.

“This is part of the continuous effort of the agency to support the administration in providing more renewable energy sources that will not just only boost NIA's income but also will contribute to the provision of electricity in far-flung communities in the country”, he added

Other on-going hydropower projects include 8.5MW MARIS Main (South) Canal Hydroelectric Power located in Isabela with target commercial operation on February 2018. Both Marbel # 1 Mini Hydropower Project in South Cotabato and Butao Irrigation Drop Mini Hydropower Project in Pangasinan were approved and signed (MOA) along with their respective developers.

Negotiations are still on the table for 630KW Munoz Hydropower Project in Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System, Nueva Ecija; the 1 MW Bulanao Mini-Hydropower Plant in Chico River Irrigation System, Kalinga; 3.6 MW Addalam Hydroelectric Project in Addalam River Irrigation Project, Quirino in which comprehensive study was conducted last year; and Agno RIS main canal in Agno River Integrated System, Pangasinan.

The NIA administrator assured the farmers that the mini hydros will not affect irrigation component as the water will just pass thru the irrigation canal.

“There is no conflict with power generation and irrigation it is just a matter of getting the most out of our water resource. We are optimistic that this endeavor will take off and will ensure smooth implementation and optimum results”, he told

The development and construction of hydropower projects is align with Presidential Decree (PD) No. 552, Section 2C dated September 11, 1974 which gives NIA the directive to achieve the optimum utilization and control of water resources primarily for Irrigation purposes, secondarily for Hydraulic Power Development and for Domestic Water supply and others.

Cited as the legal basis for these are RA 9513 – "Renewable Energy Act of 2008" and RA 7156 – "Mini-hydroelectric Power Incentives Act". NIA issued Memorandum Circular No. 55 S 2011 that defines the guidelines on Mini Hydro-power Plants in NIA irrigation canals/systems.

Gen. Bagasin joins ranks of NIA top officials

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 10:08

 

NIA Central Office, Quezon City – The newly appointed NIA Senior Deputy Administrator (SDA) Gen. Abraham B. Bagasin, yesterday, attended his first flag raising ceremony together with NIA employees. SDA Bagasin took his oath of office in Malacañang last week, May 8.

Prior to his official appointment, General Bagasin appeared in several key meetings of the agency including the recently concluded 3rd NIA Managers’ Conference. He told everyone that he’s in his way of familiarizing the nature of work in his new assignment.

“Oo nga at may pagkakaiba sa dati kong katungkulan, magkaiba ang hangarin, magkaiba ang paraan at paninilbihan para sa bayan”, he added.

He also acknowledged the agriculture sector as one of the vital foundations of country’s emerging economy. The new SDA wanted to synchronize all the efforts to support the Filipino farmers in improving their lives.

Alam kong marami pa ang kailangan gawin upang matupad ang mandato nati,  ngunit alam ko rin na pag nagkaisa tayo sa pagiging tapat at masigasig sa tungkulin mas madali natin maabot at matutulungan ang ating magsasakang”, he said.

A retired AFP official, Gen. Bagasin assured the agency that he will serve with complete dedication to the nation and Filipino people. He desired to co-lead the agency in its thrust to provide irrigation services in the country most importantly in remote areas which were neglected for a long time. 

“Dala namin ni General Visaya (NIA Administrator) ang higit 30 taon ng pamumuno namin sa ibat ibang unit ng AFP, Dito namin nakita yung kahalagahan ng pagpapadama sa mga tao na may gobyerno”

Bagasin, a member of the Philippine Military Academy "Matikas" Class of 1983, became a Battalion Commander, from 2004-2006, of the 11th Infantry Battalion in Negros Island. He also served as commander of First Scout Ranger Regiment.

P296-M Irrigation Projects set to improve agricultural productivity in Negros Island Region

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 13:36

 

NIA Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration – Negros Island Region, last week, handed over at least twenty (20) Communal Irrigation Projects (CIP) during its Mass Turn-over Ceremony in the said region.

The completed projects are set to irrigate at least 6,000 hectares of agricultural lands in Negros Occidental and Oriental.

According to NIA-NIR Regional Manager Engr. Mario H. Sande the said projects will benefit 2,841 farmers and will improve their respective harvests.

“The youngest NIA regional office is committed to delivering quality service and continued support to the government’s advocacy in agricultural development”, he added. 

One of the irrigation projects turned over is the Php 108-million Dauin SRIS located in Dauin, Negros Oriental which was programmed to irrigate 1,000 hectares of agricultural lands. The system is set to benefit 685 farmers from Dauin-Hinalin-Lipayo Irrigators Association (IA).

During the ceremony, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya emphasized that he is looking into quality irrigation projects for Filipino farmers. The Irrigation chief is also keen in modernizing irrigation services by providing additional equipment in its regional offices.

“Kapag nabawasan ang quality kayo (IA) ang mag su-suffer, kaya kung mahina yung quality ng project ‘wag niyong tanggapin” he said.

He also wanted to fast track repair and rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems. He even challenged NIA employees to do what is right and legal.

“I want to get rid of graft and corruption kaya sabihin ninyo sakin kung meron kayong mga naririnig na anomalya, diyan sa mga project delay nagsisimula ang korupsyon eh” he added.

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. assured NIA that he will support and partner with the agency to attain a productive agricultural region.

Negros still needs more irrigation projects to sustain rice sufficiency in our region”, he said

The said event marked the acceptance of various Irrigators Associations (IAs) for the responsibility of maintaining and operating the communal irrigation systems.

Aside from the Mass Turn-over the regional office also facilitated the signing of Modified Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) contract of Bago and Pangiplan River Irrigation System (RIS) which are both under National Irrigation Systems (NIS) irrigating the lands of central and south of Negros Occidental.

The signing of new IMT is in accordance with the ‘No ISF’ policy that all national systems will be adopting one model. This means that the provision on ISF collections on Current Account (CA) is deleted while the collection of Back Accounts (BA) will push through.

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