Press Release

NIA inks contracts with Irrigators in Bicol

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 16:14


NIA, Quezon City – A simultaneous signing of the Modified Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) contracts between NIA and 62 Irrigator Associations (IAs) in Bicol region was the highlight of the recently concluded 2nd Irrigators Associations (IAs) Congress in the province, earlier this week.

NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya led the ceremony which was participated in by some 200 IA leaders from the six Bicol provinces.

In his speech, Administrator Visaya stressed that NIA will continue to construct more irrigation projects in the coming years to improve the farmers’ quality of life.

“Even wala na tayong Irrigation Service Fee (ISF), magpapatuloy pa rin ang ahensiya sa paggabay at pagtulong sa ating magsasaka upang mas mapaunlad pa ang kaalaman nila sa irigasyon”, he added.

As stipulated in the contract, the Irrigators have assumed the responsibility of clearing of lateral canals and the operation & maintenance of secondary irrigation structures and facilities in their respective areas of coverage.

NIA will pay the IAs an amount worth P1,750.00 for the clearing of  every 7 kilometers of lined or concrete canal and the same amount for every 3.5 kilometers of unlined or earth canal for a period of six months in a year. 

NIA, Nascent ink P27.6-M Mini-Hydro in Bicol

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 12:19


NIA, Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration and Nascent Technologies Corp., yesterday, have agreed to develop and construct the 0.4 Megawatts (MW) Barit Irrigation Discharge Hydroelectric Power Plant (HEPP).

Approved by the NIA Board last March 2017, the mini-hydro project is set to generate at least 400 kilowatts of electricity. It is located in Brgy. Sta. Justina East, Buhi, Camarines Sur with the project cost pegged at Php27.6 million.

The project was awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) under the terms of Renewable Energy Act of February 2, 2010.

NIA and Nascent, in 2012, had their re-negotiation to increase the service fee rate and the inclusion of water protocol to avoid flooding incidents in their respective areas of operations.

According to Engr. Edwin Ramos of CamSur IMO, the Barit Mini-Hydro will use the irrigation water being discharge to the existing RIDA main discharge chute and diverting it to the main power canal of Barit mini-hydro.

“It will directly flow to the power house to supply the needed full load flo

w to produce electricity”, he added.

As stipulated in the MOA, Nascent will pay NIA a service fee equivalent to six (6) percent of the gross revenue of the power station.

NIA to harness irrigation water, more hydropower projects eyed

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 10:12


NIA, Quezon City - The National Irrigation Administration is currently embarking on the benefits of developing and constructing hydropower projects on its existing irrigation systems and future irrigation projects all throughout the country.

According to the previous studies conducted by the agency, there are about 357 potential irrigation sites for hydropower. This means that NIA aside from providing sustainable and efficient irrigation services can actually be an active partner for power generation.

Earlier this week, NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo Visaya led the signing of MOA together with Nascent Technologies Corp. for the development and construction of 0.4 MW Barit Irrig. Discharge Hydroelectric Power plant pegged at P27.6 million.

The Irrigation chief cited Rizal Hydropower Project as one of the successful partnerships in hydropower development projects. The 1-MW hydropower started its commercial operation this year. It is located near the main canal of Pampanga River Irrigation System (PRIS), Nueva Ecija.

“This is part of the continuous effort of the agency to support the administration in providing more renewable energy sources that will not just only boost NIA's income but also will contribute to the provision of electricity in far-flung communities in the country”, he added

Gen. Bagasin joins ranks of NIA top officials

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 10:08


NIA Central Office, Quezon City – The newly appointed NIA Senior Deputy Administrator (SDA) Gen. Abraham B. Bagasin, yesterday, attended his first flag raising ceremony together with NIA employees. SDA Bagasin took his oath of office in Malacañang last week, May 8.

Prior to his official appointment, General Bagasin appeared in several key meetings of the agency including the recently concluded 3rd NIA Managers’ Conference. He told everyone that he’s in his way of familiarizing the nature of work in his new assignment.

“Oo nga at may pagkakaiba sa dati kong katungkulan, magkaiba ang hangarin, magkaiba ang paraan at paninilbihan para sa bayan”, he added.

He also acknowledged the agriculture sector as one of the vital foundations of country’s emerging economy. The new SDA wanted to synchronize all the efforts to support the Filipino farmers in improving their lives.

Alam kong marami pa ang kailangan gawin upang matupad ang mandato nati,  ngunit alam ko rin na pag nagkaisa tayo sa pagiging tapat at masigasig sa tungkulin mas madali natin maabot at matutulungan ang ating magsasakang”, he said.

P296-M Irrigation Projects set to improve agricultural productivity in Negros Island Region

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 13:36


NIA Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration – Negros Island Region, last week, handed over at least twenty (20) Communal Irrigation Projects (CIP) during its Mass Turn-over Ceremony in the said region.

The completed projects are set to irrigate at least 6,000 hectares of agricultural lands in Negros Occidental and Oriental.

According to NIA-NIR Regional Manager Engr. Mario H. Sande the said projects will benefit 2,841 farmers and will improve their respective harvests.

“The youngest NIA regional office is committed to delivering quality service and continued support to the government’s advocacy in agricultural development”, he added. 

One of the irrigation projects turned over is the Php 108-million Dauin SRIS located in Dauin, Negros Oriental which was programmed to irrigate 1,000 hectares of agricultural lands. The system is set to benefit 685 farmers from Dauin-Hinalin-Lipayo Irrigators Association (IA).

During the ceremony, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya emphasized that he is looking into quality irrigation projects for Filipino farmers. The Irrigation chief is also keen in modernizing irrigation services by providing additional equipment in its regional offices.


NIA inks contracts with Irrigators in Bicol
NIA, Nascent ink P27.6-M Mini-Hydro in Bicol
Gen. Bagasin joins ranks of NIA top officials
P296-M Irrigation Projects set to improve agricultural productivity in NIR