Friday, March 2, 2018 - 09:38
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 16:17
NIA Isabela - The National Irrigation Administration and SN Aboitiz Power-Magat, Inc. (SNAP-Magat) inaugurated the 8.5-megawatt (MW) Maris Main Canal Hydroelectric Power plant, January 26, at National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Dams and Reservoir Division.
The MARIS Main Canal 1 HEPP project, located in Brgy. Ambatali, Ramon, Isabela, is the first hydropower plant constructed by SNAP thru its product innovation program.
Completed last quarter of 2017, the Php2.15 billion run-of-river plant started its construction in 2015 thru a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), between NIA and SNAP-Magat, for the development, construction, and operation of the then dubbed 8.5MW Maris Main (South) Canal Hydroelectric power plant.
In his speech, NIA chief Ricardo Visaya identified hydropower development as one of the current undertakings of the agency under integrated irrigation projects. He cited that there are vast opportunities for the country to develop more renewable energy sources thru efficient partnership of public and private sectors.
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 14:12
January 11, 2018 – The National Irrigation Administration approved the construction of two irrigation systems in Luzon and Visayas area. The contract signing was led by NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya, on Monday, at NIA Board Room Central Office.
The construction of Bulo Earthfill dam and its appurtenant structures pegged at Php 632 million is under the Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) located in San Miguel, Bulacan. The said irrigation project will cover 570 hectares of agricultural lands in Brgy Malibay, San Miguel and Brgy. Kalawakan, Doña Remedios.
The NIA chief also gave the go signal for the construction of two (2) diversion dams of Aklan River Irrigation System (ARIS) located in Panay Island, Aklan. The irrigation project will generate an additional 594 hectares of new areas to the existing service area of 3,916 hectares being irrigated by the Aklan RIS.
Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 10:08
NIA Central Office - NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya approved the nine (9) Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to seven (7) Hydropower Developers, December 22, at NIA Conference Room.
The said MOU gave permission to the developers to conduct Feasibility Study (FS) on the development of proposed Hydropower Plants within several NIA Irrigation Systems.
As stipulated in the MOU, the said feasibility study is at no cost to NIA. It will also have an inextendible term of one year from effectivity.
Further, the memorandum does not also vest preferential or exclusive right to the developer/s to develop/implement the project upon the completion of the FS.
“Wala naman gastos dito ang NIA. Wala din naman masisirang irrigation systems natin kasi part din ng MOU natin na ang developer shall not remove, displace, destroy any improvement during the course of the study”, said NIA Administrator Visaya.
Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 11:56
Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco received the rice gift from National Confederation of Irrigators Association (NCIA). Present during the turn-over were (From L-R) NIA Board Member for Private Sector Mr. Gregorio Sarmiento, NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya, NCIA President Silvestre Bonto, and NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Gen. Romeo Gan.
Davao City - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) gathered Irrigators Associations (IAs) nationwide for a policy engagement and Philippine Irrigation Knowledge learning with the theme “Rural transformation from Free Irrigation Service” held at Waterfront Insular Hotel, Lanang, Davao City on December 13-16.
The 2-day event highlighted policy updates on Free Irrigation Service as supported by both the Congress and the Senate. The 300 participants had their interactive learning exhibits and breakout sessions to share their knowledge about the processes related to innovation, including smallholder agriculture and family farming. An open discussion for the issues and opportunities was also conducted to address challenges and trends that affect irrigators associations.