NIA gets congress’ approval for its 2018 budget

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 10:54


NIA Central Office, Quezon City – The lower house, during its plenary session on September 11, approved the Php40.8 billion 2018 budget for National Irrigation Administration. The amount is higher by 6 percent than the P38.3 billion allotted for the irrigation sector this year.

Bulk of the approved budget, or the Php26.8 billion, will be for the restoration, repair, and rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems and construction and development of new irrigation systems. The agency is also eyeing to establish pump and special irrigation systems.

NIA Chief Gen. Ricardo Visaya previously said that the increased budget will be used to accelerate and complete ongoing projects and quickly develop and increase new irrigation areas.

“We want to increase the budget to fund the construction of our dams. We still have about 40.68 percent to be developed and we would like to fast track the development to help achieve rice self-sufficiency,” he added.

NIA administrator said that the congress’ approval is a welcome move for the agency to implement larger scale new projects, to continuously conduct project feasibility studies and detailed engineering, to provide adequate equipment support for operation and maintenance, and to protect watersheds of big irrigation systems.

The Agency is set to meet the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food chaired by Sen. Cynthia Villar for a Senate Committee Hearing on September 19. The management is hopeful that the proposed budget will also be accepted by the Upper House. 

The agency, as of December 2016, has developed 1.85 million hectares of agricultural lands equivalent to 59.32 percent of irrigation development.

National Irrigation Administration, The Philippines, supports SIMA-ASEAN Thailand 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 10:31


Bangkok, Thailand, 2017- SIMA ASEAN Thailand 2017- The southeast Asian Agri-Business show, 3rd edition of International Agricultural Business Exhibition & Conferences for the Agricultural Industry, in unison of COMEXPOSIUM from France and Impact Management Co., Ltd. together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives being held on 7-9 September 2017, 10:00-18:00 at Hall 5-6 IMPACT Exhibition & Convention Center and IMPACT Lakeside, Bangkok, Thailand.

National Irrigation Administration, The Philippines- as SIMA ASEAN Thailand 2017, the international trade show for agricultures suppliers aims to be one of the most effective methods to promote their model ‘Thailand 4.0’ to the whole agriculture industry, National Irrigation Administration, The Philippines, will serve as the Hosted Supporting Association. NIA will be associating the exhibition for the same intentions and purposes for agricultural development; to showcase the best practices for farming and encourage farmers to apply modernization and technologies into their daily work for the enhancement and increase of productivity.

National Irrigation Administration, one of the government agencies in the Philippines, is responsible for providing efficient irrigation services through maximizing the country’s water resources to produce good quality rice and diversified crops and giving advanced technical assistance to improve the welfare of the farmers, their families and the rural communities. Southeast Asian Agri-Business show welcomes NIA, The Philippines, for its participation and cooperation in the demonstration of their platform as they have similar objective; the development of agricultural sector.

NIA fulfills Free ISF, Back Accounts payment up for Senate and Congress ruling

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 14:20


NIA, Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration, on Monday, reiterated that the agency is fulfilling President Duterte’s marching order on Free Irrigation Service Fee.

More and more Irrigators’ Associations (IAs) are signing up with the new Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) contract which outlines core guidelines in the Free Irrigation policy. As stipulated in the contract, the agency will no longer collect ISF current accounts from the farmers.

“Totoo po na hindi na po nangongolekta ng bayad patubig ang NIA sa buong bansa bilang pagtugon sa kautusan ng ating Pangulo”, said Pilipina Bermudez, NIA spokesperson.

The ISF back accounts, on the other hand, are still subject for collection since no final ruling yet on whether the unpaid irrigation service fee will be condoned.

“Hinihintay pa po natin na mailabas ng ating kongreso at senado ang kanilang desisyon sa pagkolekta ng mga back accounts sa ating magsasaka”, she added

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, earlier, said that the agency is having hard time collecting the said fee since some of the farmers and IAs are not willing to pay their past debts. But the NIA chief echoed that the agency did not impose any deadlines on paying farmers’ past account.

“Wala po tayong deadline sa back accounts, ang katotohanan po niyan pwede pa ring mag avail ang ating mga magsasaka ng mga programs and incentives (Paying Back Accounts) na binibigay na noon pa ng NIA”, said NIA Administrator.

The agency also clarified that the IAs are now starting to collect a reasonable fee for own operational expenses.

“Kung may nagsisingil man ng patubig ito ay own initiative na ng ating mga irrigators’ association at hindi na ito saklaw ng NIA. Nasa kanila (IAs) na po ang desisyong kung magkano ang mapagkakasunduan nilang bayad patubig”, Visaya said. 

But the NIA chief still vowed to extend support to the farmers whenever the need arises. Administrator Visaya said he intends to continue and support the IAs whom, thru the years, became an active partner of the agency in its thrust to support the agricultural productivity of the country thru irrigation.

NIA Caraga welcomes Gen. Visaya

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 09:42


Do what is right and legal”, said NIA chief Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya during his visit in NIA Caraga on August 23, 2017.

His first visit in the region outlined his 4-point agenda which  set as his guiding principles in leading the egency.

In his speech, Gen. Visaya strongly condemned graft and corruption which he said builds stain to the agency. He also warned some individuals who are using his name to extort money and gain favor among contractors.  

The Irrigation chief also emphasized that they should practice preventive and recovery planning to finish the project on time. “If you have a vision we should plan for it and achieve it”, he added.

He noted that the current irrigation equipments being used by the agency need to be modernize and improve to provide better irrigation service to the farmers.

The administrator also assured the employees that the management will provide whatever necessary to further motivate the employees to work.

Gen. Visaya  also provided time for a dialogue with the officers and Board of Trustees of Confederation of Irrigators Association in Caraga, Incorporated. (CONFIAC, Inc.) headed by President Felomino O. Buco.

The administrator ensured the continued assistance of the agency towards rice self-sufficiency of the country.

He reiterated that with the free Irrigation Service Fee (ISF), the agency will no longer collect thus leaving the option to the IAs, as individual institution, to collect for other fees.

Together with the administrator were Retired Lieutenant General Romeo G. Gan, Management Consultant and Acting Manager Editha Morales, Finance Department.

NIA secures ISO certification

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 16:52


August 1, 2017 – The National Irrigation Administration secured the ISO Certification 9001:2008 after it successfully passed the two (2) stages of audit carried out by the third party auditors from AJA Registrars.

Included in the certification are NIA Central Office, NIA – UPRIIS Head Office in Nueva Ecija, NIA Region 4A Regional Office in Pila, Laguna, and NIA Quezon Irrigation Management Office (IMO) in Lucena City. It covers the four (4) major services of NIA - project implementation, construction of irrigation system, institutional development, operation and maintenance of irrigation system.

NIA Deputy Administrator Estrella Icasiano made the announcement yesterday during the agency’s flag raising ceremony.

“Na inform kami last week pa about NIA being an ISO certified. So nagbunga na yung pinaghirapan natin simula pa last year,” she added.

The Deputy Administrator recounted that the agency prepared for almost a year for the certification. She acknowledged everyone who gave their utmost effort to carry on the ISO 9001-2008 from preparation up until assessment.

“Dugo’t pawis natin ito kaya masayang masaya ako na sa huli na certified na rin tayo,” Icasiano said.

NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo Visaya appreciated the core groups who really worked hard in securing the certification. He even challenges the employees to step up in serving and perpetuate the values and principles of an ISO Certified agency.

“With this title now sana paigtingin pa natin ang ating mga trabaho. Ang key word lang naman dito is yung cooperation, we have to work together,” he added.

NIA established its Quality Management System (QMS) in compliance with EO 605 and AO 161 both directing government agencies to institutionalize the structure, mechanisms, and standards to implement the Government Quality Management Program.

“The challenge for every ‘NIAn’ now is to sustain the practice of QMS and Operation Manuals until we graduate to another ISO certification,” Gen. Visaya said. 

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation and a non-governmental organization that sets out globally recognized standards which help an organization/company to be more efficient and effective.

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