NIA-Daewoo Sign P11.212-Billion Contract for Jalaur River Multipurpose Project

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 08:59

 

NIA Central Office – The Jalaur River Multipurpose Project (JRMP) will be started earlier than expected with the signing of the contract between the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. on September 03, 2018 at the Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor. NIA Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya signs the Contract for NIA while Manila Branch Manager Se Won Park signs for Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd.

The P11.212-billion JRMP Stage 11 is the 8th big irrigation project to be ground break under the Duterte Administration, and the 2nd project to be funded by Korean Export-Import (KEXIM) Bank.  The recently inaugurated Pasa Small Reservoir Irrigation Project was the first project funded under a grant by the Korean Government through the KEXIM Bank.

The contract signing aims to pursue the construction of 109-meter Jalaur High Dam, 38.5-meter Afterbay Dam, 10-meter Alibutan Catch Dam, 80.74-kilometer Highline Canal, and its appurtenant structures. Groundbreaking is scheduled on the first week of October this year.

It is noteworthy to mention that the construction of JRMP was mandated under Republic Act (RA) 2651 enacted by Congress in 1960.  Due to insufficient funds, the project was implemented in two stages. Stage I is the rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems covering an area of 22,340 hectares. Stage II is the construction of high dam, hydropower electric plant, domestic water supply, watershed management.

Stage 1 was completed in 1983. Stage 11 was stalled since 1988 for unknown reasons. After 30 years, JRMP Stage 11 will be started.

The construction of big and small ticket irrigation projects is in line with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build, Program” embodied in his 10-Point Socio-Economic Agenda envisioned to reduce poverty from 21.6% in 2015 to 13-15% in 2022.

When completed, JRMP Stage II would be the biggest dam outside Luzon. Viewed in the context of achieving the rice self-sufficiency program of the government, JRMP II is expected to provide tremendous economic benefits through the delivery of year-round irrigation water to 9,500 hectares of new irrigable areas and rehabilitation of 22,340 hectares covered by five existing irrigation systems in 23 municipalities and two cities in the Province of Iloilo, benefitting 24,000 farmers and their families.

The project will also provide other incidental benefits, such as flood mitigation, environmental and watershed management, promotion of eco-tourism, and fish culture. Furthermore, a 6.6-MW of hydroelectric power and water supply for domestic and industrial use of 1CMS will be later implemented.

The International Coordinating Council – Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) granted the extension of the loan validity of 46 months which started in May 28, 2018 until March 28, 2022 and completion schedule to September 2021 from its original schedule of November 2017. 

Incidentally, the eight (8) projects ground break were Chico River Pump Irrigation Project in Cagayan-Kalinga, Balog-balog Multipurpose Project in Tarlac, Bulo Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) in Bulacan, Ibingan SRIP in Sorsogon, Benliw SRIP, Bonot-bonot SRIP, and Mabini-Cayacay SRIP, all three in Bohol, and LARISEP in Pangasinan.

Meanwhile, the NIA Regional Office XI will be conducting the Inauguration and Turnover Ceremony of Mal River Irrigation Project under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) on September 21, 2018 at Digos City, Davao del Sur. NISRIP is a sector project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It has 11 projects located nationwide.

The rehabilitation of the Mal River Irrigation System (Mal RIS) amounting to P104.294 million includes the construction of six (6) units of Irrigators’ Association (IA) Offices (84 square meters each), three (3) units of combined IA offices and warehouse (200 square meters each), 16.1 kilometers of concrete canal lining, construction and repair of 20 structures, five (5) new steel gates, and 15.7 kilometers of grading and gravelling, among others. The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 2,635 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipalities of Matanao, Kiblawan and Hagonoy in Davao del Sur, benefitting 3,720 farmers and their families. Mal RIS is located in Matanao, Davao Del Sur.

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) will continue its mandate of providing reliable and sustainable irrigation services to our farmers through the construction of irrigation projects and rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems. 

The Agency has also embarked on the development of hydroelectric power projects and is also aiming to venture into agri-tourism through the development of existing big dams as tourist destination.

Finally, NIA is now ascertaining its vital contribution to the inclusive socio-economic growth and agricultural development of the country through an efficient, sustainable, and reliable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers, thus lowering the poverty incidence in the irrigated agricultural sector.

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

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

NIA acquires P110.5-million heavy equipment

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 14:18

 

Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin (middle left) and Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan (outermost left) receive the 17 heavy equipment keys from Volvo Vice President for Machine Sales Chito Litam (middle right) and Machine Sales Representative Ramir Ferrer (outermost right) during the Ceremonial Turnover of P110.5-million heavy equipment as part of the Agency’s Three-Year Re-fleeting Program.

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) acquired 17 units of heavy equipment worth P110.5M for use in irrigation project implementation, as well as for the operation and maintenance of existing National and Communal Irrigation Systems nationwide. The acquisition of heavy equipment is one of the Four-Point Agenda of NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya.

In a simple turnover ceremony held on September 10, 2018 at the NIA Grounds, the heavy equipment was turned over by the winning bidder, Volvo Merchandising, Inc., to NIA Top Management witnessed by CO Department Managers and employees. 

The purchase of heavy equipment constitutes the three-year re-fleeting program of 40 wheeled excavators for CY 2017-2019, which can be broken down as follows: 17 for CY 2017, 18 for CY 2018, and five (5) for CY 2019.

As of December 31, 2017, NIA maintained in operating condition 3,245 units of heavy, light/transport, other support, and special equipment in support to the operations and maintenance of irrigation systems nationwide. Of these, the Agency has a total of 383 existing heavy equipment. Out of which, only 23 units are in good operating condition and 360 units are very old, less reliable, and operating intermittently. Thus, the three-year re-fleeting program is a great relief to efficient NIA operations.

In his message of acceptance, Senior Deputy Administrator (SDA) Abraham B. Bagasin took the opportunity to express his deepest gratitude to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, CMI, and the members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) for the realization of the program.

“The heavy equipment in sight are the first we received after almost 30 years. Ganon katagal na walang bagong heavy equipment ang ating ahensiya. Thanks to President [Rodrigo Roa] Duterte for his strong support to NIA in its irrigation development program. We still have a proposed budget of P149.5 million for 23 wheeled excavators in the next two years. I hope that this step would serve as an essential instrument towards the achievement of a new milestone for the Agency”, said SDA Bagasin.

In addition, SDA Bagasin said, “The heavy equipment is in response to the clamor of our farmers for immediate response to damaged irrigation facilities caused by force majeure.

NIA is now ascertaining its vital contribution to the faster and better implementation of irrigation infrastructure projects contributing to the inclusive socio-economic growth and agricultural development of the country through efficiency in equipment management.

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

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

NIA fast-tracks project implementation

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 09:25

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has conducted a review regarding the non-completion of 436 irrigation projects in 2017 with an aggregate amount of P11.938 billion. Among these, it has been found out that the P551.915-million Sta. Josefa Pump Irrigation Project (SJPIP) in Agusan del Sur suffered the longest delay reaching more than seven years.

The Agency’s assessment shows that the delays in project implementation are caused by various contributing factors, such as the Right-of-Way (ROW) problems, peace and order situation in project areas, delay in the release of funds and budget allocation process, delays incurred in the bidding process of civil works that attribute to the late start of contract works, unworkable site condition within the project area due to consequences of climate change affecting the construction operations, on-going farming activities, and poor contractors’ performance resulting to extension in project implementation.

These issues are being addressed by the NIA Administrator, giving stern warning to NIA field management offices to closely monitor project implementation so that any problem that may arise can be resolved immediately.

In the case of Sta. Josefa Pump Irrigation Project (SJPIP), although started in 2008, the project construction was not continuously undertaken due to factors that are beyond control. Several extension and rebidding processes were done. As of to date, about 1,000 hectares of agricultural lands are now being irrigated with the substantial completion of about 95% of irrigation facilities. The remaining areas will be fully irrigated once the project is finally completed.

With the assistance of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary (OCS), a funding worth P140 million was allocated for SJPIP for Calendar Year 2018. It is intended to complete the project and for the improvement of the facilities from earth to lined canal to minimize the leakage of irrigation water, particularly at the different lateral canals within the service area of the irrigation system.

In order to ensure that all right-of-way claims are first settled before the start of project construction, NIA is now aiming to include ROW funding on its 2019 Budget which will serve as a common fund from Central Office.

Meanwhile, in order to resolve relevant issues concerning with the peace and order situation in project areas, the Agency has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the security of NIA projects.

NIA Top Management Officials, in coordination with regional irrigation management offices, are currently working hand in hand to monitor the completion of all projects based on the target. The Agency is now ascertaining that despite some issues in project implementation, the construction of high quality of dams and irrigation projects that will last for 50 years or more is assured.

 

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

PILIPINA P. BERMUDEZ, CESE
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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