NIA opens its dams and reservoirs for floating solar power project

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 14:12

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) ventures to floating solar power project on its dams and reservoirs as the SN Aboitiz Power Group has already proposed a water-based solar power project in Magat Dam in Isabela which features solar panels fixed to floats on the water surface.

Such power group will conduct a 2,500-square meter pilot project over the Magat reservoir, a small-scale preliminary study prior to the performance of the large-scale project. The floating solar power project size is yet to be decided after the study.

The result of NIA’s research shows that this water-based solar power project is more beneficial than the land-based one which converts large portion of agricultural lands into solar plants, making irrigable farmlands smaller. This results to the decrease in food production and poses a threat to the country’s food security. It also defeats NIA’s purpose of constructing and developing more irrigation systems in the country to ensure rice self-sufficiency. Instead of indulging into land-based solar project, NIA thus offers its dams and reservoirs for the water-based project which can achieve the same purpose of increasing power production while saving agricultural lands.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya said that one hectare of solar field can produce one megawatt (MW). For instance, in Magat Dam with a reservoir of 4,500 hectares, if 200 hectares will be utilized for water-based solar power, 200 MW will be generated and 200 hectares of agricultural lands will be saved.

Moreover, the project can also be beneficial by providing additional income to the government. It can also prevent the decrease of the water level in the dams and reservoirs due to evaporation. It can likewise provide sanctuary for marine life as it prevents fishes and other species from dying due to hot temperature.

Interestingly, this could also be a tourism promotion for NIA’s dams and reservoirs as the solar power plant will be located in an array of panels affixed to a flotation mechanism above the water surface.

Aside from Magat Dam, there are still other big dams in the country which can also be installed with floating solar power plant, such as the Pantabangan Dam and Casecnan Dam in Nueva Ecija.

 

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

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

Search for Outstanding Volunteers 2018

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 14:29

 

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE COORDINATING AGENCY
Ground Floor, Sugar Center Building, North Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. Nos.: +63(02)453-4726 / +63(02)227-7389
Telefax No.: +63(02)927-6847
Email: info@pnvsca.gov.ph
Website: http://www.pnvsca.gov.ph

I. PURPOSE

The Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) aims to highlight the exemplary performance and dedication to service of Filipino volunteers in helping people and communities and recognize the role of volunteerism in development and nation-building.

II. CATEGORIES OF AWARDS

A. National Outstanding Volunteer Award

  1. Individual
    • Youth
    • Adult
  2. Organization
    • Non-Profit
    • Corporate

B. Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Individual
  • Organization

For purposes of the Search,

  1. Volunteer refers to individual/s who for reasons arising from their socio-developmental, business and corporate orientation, commitment or conviction, contribute time, service and resources, whether on full-time or part-time basis to a just and essential social development cause, mission or endeavor in the belief that their activity is mutually meaningful and beneficial to public interest as well as to themselves.
  2. Not-for-Profit refers to non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization/s, including academic institution/s that implement volunteer program/s by mobilizing and engaging volunteers to provide services and assistance in socioeconomic, humanitarian, civic and cultural development activities.
  3. Corporate refers to companies that implement volunteer program/s either as a component of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or initiated and supported by the employee group, where employees are mobilized and engaged to volunteer their time, skills and resources for socioeconomic, humanitarian, civic and cultural development activities.

III. QUALIFICATIONS FOR NOMINATION

A. National Outstanding Volunteer Award

1. Individual

  • Must be fifteen (15) to thirty (30) years old for the youth category and at least thirty-one (31) years old for the adult category at the time of submission of nomination;
  • Has been providing volunteer assistance consistently for at least three (3) years for the youth category and at least five (5) years for the adult category at the time of submission of nomination;
  • A member of a volunteer organization or institution registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or PNVSCA or other duly recognized accrediting government institution; or recognized as a volunteer by the local government, local institution or community being provided with volunteer services; and
  • Has not been found guilty of crime or offense involving moral turpitude.

2. Organization

  • Filipino or local chapters of foreign/international not-for-profit or corporate organizations;
  • Has been providing volunteer assistance consistently for at least five (5) years for the not-for-profit category and at least three (3) years for the corporate category at the time of submission of nomination; and
  • Registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or PNVSCA or other duly recognized accrediting government institution; or recognized as a volunteer organization by the local government, local institution or community being provided with volunteer services.

B. Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Has been engaged in consistent volunteering activities for at least twenty five (25) years;
  • Has been a recipient of regional, national or international awards in relation to volunteerism; and
  • Has not been found guilty of crime or offense involving moral turpitude, in the case of individual nominees.

IV. SELECTION CRITERIA

A. National Outstanding Volunteer Award

  • Qualities of the Volunteer/Volunteer Organization
  • Performance
  • Outputs and/or Outcomes

B. Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Qualities of the Volunteer/Volunteer Organization
  • Performance
  • Outputs and/or Outcomes
  • Influence and inspiration

V. NOMINATION PROCESS

  1. Nomination forms may be downloaded at www.pnvsca.gov.ph or may be obtained from the following agencies:
    • PNVSCA
    • NEDA Regional Offices
    • Department of the Interior and Local Government - National Capital Region
    • Regional Planning & Development Office of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
  2. The nomination forms must be submitted to the SOV Regional Search Committee that covers the area where the volunteer or volunteer organization is based. For NCR, nominations may be submitted to DILG-NCR or PNVSCA.
  3. Deadline for submission of nominations is on 15 July 2018.

VI. EXCLUSIONARY PROVISIONS

  1. Self-nomination is not allowed.
  2. Nominees who did not qualify for the national award may be renominated.
  3. National awardees of previous years are no longer eligible to be nominated in the NOVA category but may be nominated in the VLAA category.
  4. Members of the SOV National Selection Committee are not eligible to nominate.

VII. CONFERMENT OF AWARDS

National awardees will be recognized in Manila in December 2018.

Read more: You may visit the PNVSCA website at http//www.pnvsca.gov.ph or through email at info@pnvsca.gov.ph for more information.

P381.51-million Ibingan Earthfill Dam Contract gets inked

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 11:51

 

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (Center Left) and Mr. Manuel A. Chua, Owner and Chief Executive of MAC Builders (Center Right), approved the construction of Ibingan Earthfill Dam in Sorsogon. Also present in the ceremony were Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan (Outermost Left), NIA Top Management Officials, and Department Managers of Central Office (Back).

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Top Management Officials and the executives of MAC Builders led the Contract Signing Ceremony for the construction of the P381.51-million Ibingan Earthfill Dam and its appurtenant structures under the Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) on May 15, 2018 at the Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A.

Ibingan Earthfill Dam is located in the Municipality of Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon. The project includes concreting works, excavation, reinforcing steel bars, and embankment. It aims to provide substantial and timely water supply for irrigation in support to the agricultural development of the Government.

The acceleration of infrastructure and development of industries is part of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s 10-P­oint Socioeconomic Agenda which is 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.

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

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

 

Groundbreaking of P990.37-million Bulo SRIP

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:20

 

NIA Region 3 - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) officials and staff headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, together with the Hon. Lorna C. Silverio, Representative of the 3rd District of Bulacan, other local government officials, and some beneficiaries, officiated the ceremonial groundbreaking and capsule-laying of the P990.37-million Bulo Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Bulo SRIP) on April 30, 2018 at Brgy. Kalawakan, Doña Remedios Trinidad (DRT), Bulacan.

The main objective of the project is to increase agricultural production through the provision of irrigation and drainage infrastructures in the area, thus generating additional employment opportunities. During rainy seasons, the Bulo SRIP will serve as catch basin area for 20 barangays in Bulacan, preventing flash floods at downstream of Bulo River, making it a development site for inland fish culture in the upstream of Bulo dam. The project targets to irrigate 35 hectares of agricultural lands at Kalawakan, DRT and 535 hectares of agricultural lands at Malibay, San Miguel, benefiting 500 local farmers.

Also present during the event were Engr. Josephine B. Salazar, NIA Region 3 Manager, Engr. Virgilio E. Flores, NIA Region 3 Institutional Development Chief, and Ms. Pilipina P. Bermudez, Public Affairs and Information Manager.

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

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

NIA’s HDPEs in Sarangani PIO burned

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 16:54

 

NIA Region 12 – A fire incident infiltrated by unidentified person/s burned six (6) pieces of 18” Ø High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Pipes (6 meters in length) owned by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) last April 02, 2018 between 3:00 AM to 4:00 AM at Barangay Malabod, Sarangani Province. The HDPEs are intended to be used as irrigation canal in Malabod Small Irrigation Project.

The initial information was given by Mr. Joel Tole and Mr. Christian Kawan, both residents of Barangay Mabalod and members of Sarangani PIO Survey Team. The fire incident was immediately reported to the Malungon Municipal Police Station and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 12 - Malungon Fire Station. A brief assessment by the Project-In-Charge in that project, Engr. Verna Sanchez, stated that the total cost of damage is more or less Four Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 400,000.00).

A further joint investigation by SFO1 Redentor C. Recoperto, BFP Fire Arson Investigator, Malungon Fire Station, and Local Government Units (LGUs) headed by Barangay Captain Estido Labuyan alleged that the incident was a result of  misunderstanding between the contractor and the laborers hired in that project. Other possible causes could be political issues and strategy for recruitment of the unknown rebel groups.

The Fire Arson Investigator has taken residues from the scene as sample for chemistry examination to determine substances cause and origin in the incident of fire. As of now, they were still conducting in-deep investigation for the possible lead to ascertain the real motive and to identify of the fleeting perpetrator/s.

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

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

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