Press Release



NIA files second formal charge to ombudsman

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 16:47

 

NIA Central Office – Recently, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has filed a graft and corruption case against retired regional officials for alleged anomalies in irrigation project implementation. The move aims for the Ombudsman to conduct further investigation and filing of formal charges to the involved officials if warranted.

In the past few months, four (4) NIA officials were already dismissed and seven (7) were suspended for committing various irregularities and criminal liability in project implementation. On the other hand, nine (9) were relieved from their respective assignments in the field offices and are now under investigation at the Central Office.

The eradication of graft and corruption is foremost in the Four-Point Agenda of NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya. The Agency has been taking immediate actions in response to the alleged anomalies/irregularities among its officials and employees nationwide. For this measure, Administrator Visaya created an Inspection and Assessment Team to monitor all NIA projects, validate all queries and complaints in relation to the projects, assist concerned NIA officials and personnel, and address issues in order to fast-track all pending projects. This includes reforms in governance and immediate conduct of pertinent measures against the vicious cycle of graft and corruption in Philippine government.

NIA acquires P154.7-M light and transport equipment

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 10:58

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) acquires 91 units of light and transport equipment worth P154.7 million for use in the monitoring and evaluation of the status of on-going construction and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) activities. The acquisition of light/transport equipment is in line with the Four-Point Agenda of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, particularly in instituting measures to improve the delivery of services, such as but not limited to, modernization of equipment for operations and project implementation.

In a simple turnover ceremony on March 01, 2019 at the NIA Grounds, the light/transport equipment was turned over by the winning bidder, Nissan Philippines and Mantrade, to NIA Top Management witnessed by Central Office Department Managers and employees.

The purchase of light/transport and heavy equipment constitutes the three-year re-fleeting program of the Agency from CY 2017. For CY 2017, NIA purchased 34 units of light/transport vehicles and 17 units of heavy equipment. For CY 2018, NIA acquired 91 units of light/transport vehicles and 18 units of heavy equipment. Meanwhile, five units of heavy equipment and 91 units of light/transport vehicles are set for procurement this 2019.

NIA kicks off P11.212-B JRMP II construction

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 10:58

 

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) conducted the Groundbreaking and Capsule-Laying Ceremony of the P11.212-billion Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) on February 27, 2019 at Daewoo Engineering and Construction Temporary Facilities Compound in the Municipality of Calinog, Iloilo. This signifies the official start of the said multi-billion irrigation project.

JRMP II is the NIA's 8th big ticket irrigation project under the “Build, Build, Build” Infrastructure Program of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the 2nd irrigation project funded by the Korean Government through the Korea Export-Import (KEXIM) Bank. The Government of South Korea will be funding 8.9 billion pesos through its Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF). The Government of the Philippines' counterpart is 2.2 billion pesos.

JRMP II includes the construction of three dams: a 109-meter high dam, a 38-meter afterbay dam across the Jalaur River, and a catch dam in Alibunan River. An 80-kilometer high line canal will also be constructed to deliver irrigation water from the dams to the rice paddies.

Marinduque farmers to benefit from P12.17-million Mansabang CIP

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 14:45

 

Boac, Marinduque – Two hundred forty-one (241) farmers will now benefit from the newly-completed irrigation project of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) – the Mansabang Communal Irrigation Project (CIP). The said project, amounting to P12.17 million, will irrigate 127 hectares of agricultural lands in Barangay Buliasnin and Maligaya.

Mansabang CIP includes the construction of core wall and concrete drainage canal lining which was completed last November 30, 2018. Water will be sourced from Boac River to supply irrigation to its beneficiaries. This will help increase rice production and water delivery on the service area.

NIA MIMAROPA Regional Manager William P. Ragodon, together with MOMARO IMO Acting Division Manager Gerardo Perez, conducted a site visit to check the completed project. Positive impressions from the project complainant and beneficiaries were gathered.

Boac Municipal Planning and Development Officer (MPDC) and National Security Practitioner ENP Luna Euologio R. Manrique expressed his positive impression on the prompt solution on his complaint. He previously complained the delayed implementation of Mansabang through the investigative documentaries of GMA News TV. Specifically, he said that NIA is not using suitable and up-to-date equipment for driving concrete piles and that the depth requirement was not met.

NIA opens Work Immersion Program for people with special needs

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 15:52

NIA Central Office - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, opened its doors for the conduct of 10-day Work Immersion Program for 19 Grade 12 students of the Philippine School for the Deaf (Pasay City). The training started on January 21, 2019 and will end on February 01, 2019.

The students are assigned in various offices based on their individual competencies, such as in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Animation, Hotel and Restaurant Services, Accounting, and Business Management.

NIA pushes for inclusivity of people with special needs in the work sector, especially in the government. While this is the first-ever Work Immersion Program of the Agency for people with special needs, the NIA Top Management Officials hope that through the campaign, the social stigma for deaf and mute community would be soon eradicated.

“The Agency is aiming to create an awareness that everybody should be accepted and accommodated in employment to government sector. As part of my Four-Point Agenda, particularly in developing human resources and improving their capabilities, we are very inclusive when it comes to workplace. It’s about time to give our special men and women the honor and opportunity to become the best assets of our nation in the field of public service”, said Administrator Visaya.

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NIA acquires P154.7-M light and transport equipment
NIA kicks off P11.212-B JRMP II construction
Marinduque farmers to benefit from P12.17-million Mansabang CIP
NIA opens Work Immersion Program for people with special needs