August 2018

NIA Chief turns over irrigation projects in Basilan
2018 Aug 9 - 15:00
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2018 Aug 10 - 09:25

NIA Chief turns over irrigation projects in Basilan

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 15:00

 

NIA Region IX – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, led the Basilan Project Briefing and Mass Turnover Ceremony of five completed irrigation projects to respective Irrigators Associations (IAs) in Isabela City, Province of Basilan on August 03-04, 2018.

The turned over projects with an aggregate amount of P27 million, benefitting a total of 117 farmers and their families, include the Mahayahay Communal Irrigation System in Maluso, Tabiawan Communal Irrigation System in Isabela City, Kalayan Communal Irrigation System in Lantawan, Semut Small Irrigation Project in Akbar, and Colonia Communal Irrigation System in Lamitan City. These are carry-over projects from Calendar Year 2016 and 2017.

During the Management Meeting in NIA Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi (ZAMBAZULTA) Office on August 03, 2018, the Administrator reminded regional officials to use budget accountably and wisely. In implementing new policies and reforms in the implementation of irrigation projects, honesty and integrity must be firmly observed.

“I always advocate completion of irrigation projects on time, and even ahead if possible, because delayed projects mean depriving the beneficiaries of the benefits that they should be enjoying. Project implementation must be strictly monitored and inspected. It’s up for us to do what is right and what is legal”, said Administrator Visaya.

The event was preluded through the conduct of the project briefing and mass turnover of irrigation projects. In his message, Administrator Visaya took the opportunity to address issues and concerns arising from the current status of irrigation development in the area.

“The production of 60 cavans per hectare is saddening. Sayang ang investment, we should maximize”, the Administrator said.

In coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Local Government Units (LGUs), Administrator Visaya encouraged NIA regional officials to help the farmers in increasing their yields.

Along this line, he instructed the Regional Office to bring the recipients of the five turned over projects to irrigation system with IAs in other provinces/regions that are successfully operating and maintaining the system and whose average farm yield ranges to 80 to 100 cavans per hectare. This approach will give the farmers firsthand information on agricultural production.

**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