Press Release

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.

"I vow not to let anyone down" - Visaya

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 13:07


Former AFP Chief of Staff and now NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya during the agency’s Flag Raising Ceremony held at NIA Compound, April 3, 2017

NIA, Quezon City - The new installed irrigation chief Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya (Ret.) talked about his plans and actions for the irrigation sector during the agency’s flag raising ceremony, April 3, 2017. The new administrator admitted that the nature of work in the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is way far than his previous assignment in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

"It’s true that this setting is unusual to what I am accustomed back in AFP but I assure you that I have the experiences and resolve to learn the ropes”, he said.

The former AFP chief believed that the country is fortunate to have vast farmlands and that agriculture remains a primary feature to which our country face prides on.

“That is why we are giving tantamount attention to it (agriculture) by developing sustainable irrigation systems”, he added

NIA welcomes its new Administrator

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:10



After swearing in as the new member of the NIA Board of Directors before its Acting Chairman, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr., General Ricardo Ramoran Visaya (Ret.) was elected as the new Administrator of NIA during the 922nd Regular NIA Board Meeting held on 28 March 2017 at the Malacanang Premier Guest House. He will also act as the concurrent Vice-Chairman of the NIA Board.

Cabinet Secretary imparted some words to the new Administrator. Evasco said that “Leaders should lead and be accountable to its members.” He added that employees should “always transact in a very transparent manner, especially that we are in the government; ensure checks and balance, transparency, and accountability in government dealings.”

As Directors, he reiterated, “We simply facilitate. We plan the overall conduct of the agency by laying down policies and guidelines. Our role ends when the role of the Administrator in day to day dealings of the agency begins.” He noted, however, that the Administrator should always keep in mind that he is accountable to the Board in ensuring proper implementation of NIA policies and guidelines.


Gen. Bagasin joins ranks of NIA top officials
P296-M Irrigation Projects set to improve agricultural productivity in NIR
"I vow not to let anyone down" - Visaya
NIA welcomes its new Administrator