Press Release

NIA gives green light for the FS of Potential Hydropower sites

Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 10:08


NIA gives green light for the FS of Potential Hydropower sites

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.

NIA conducts policy engagement; NCIA delivers 3,500 rice cavans for PRRD

Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 11:56


NIA conducts policy engagement; NCIA delivers 3,500 rice cavans for PRRD

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.

P23.6-M irrigation project to benefit farmers in Surigao

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 10:52


NIA Caraga Acting Regional Manager Engr. Madante P. Ganotisi and Cabangahan Greenfield Farmers Irrigators’ Association Inc. President Melchor A. Sauro during the turn-over ceremony of Cabangahan CIP.

NIA Caraga - National Irrigation Administration Surigao del Sur Irrigation Management Office (SDS-IMO) turned-over the Cabangahan Communal Irrigation Project located at Cabahangan Multi-purpose Gym, Tago, Surigao del Sur on November 7, 2017.

The project is under the Extension/Expansion of Existing Irrigation System (EEIS) CY 2016 Fund with a total project cost of P23.6 million. It is set to irrigate 100 hectares of agricultural lands within the area of Tago, Surigao Del Sur.

SDS Acting IMO Manager Engr. Dexter A. Sablaon recalled the challenges faced by the project.

“One of them is that the plans were already prepared way back Calendar Year 2010, because the project was intended to be funded in the other program but unfortunately it was not realized”, he said

Engr. Sablaon said that about 65 farmers of Cabangahan Greenfield Farmers Irrigators’ Association Inc. will harvest the benefit of the said project.

Ecotourism to rise in NIA-owned dams

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 17:15


NIA Central Office, Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration is eyeing big irrigation dams as tourist destinations.

In one of his interviews, NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya said that the agency is opening its door to Local Government Units (LGUs) and other private investors for future partnership in the usage of NIA-owned dams as tourist destination.

The NIA chief cited Caliraya Dam in Laguna as a perfect example for the plan. He also mentioned Bustos Dam in Bulacan and Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija which can serve as pioneer tourist destinations that can be duplicated in other areas.

“Hindi naman siya magiging sagabal sa primary function ng NIA which is irrigation. Gusto lang din namin na mabigyan ng iba’t-ibang options ang mga foreign and local tourists natin”, he added.

Though there is no detailed study yet, the agency is optimistic that this endeavor will allow its visitors to enjoy the nature while doing outdoor and team building activities like inland fishing, kayaks riding, bicycle riding, wall climbing, rapelling, etc.  within the area. A zip line structure can also be a possible attraction for those who are looking for some extreme adventure.

Senate okays NIA’s Budget; Bicam harmonizes provisions on Free Irrigation

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 14:32


NIA, Central Office - The Upper house, during its plenary session on October 10, approved the Php 40.8 billion budget of National Irrigation Administration for 2018.

NIA Chief Gen. Ricardo Visaya believed that the 6 percent increase in agency’s 2018 budget will pave way to build more irrigation infrastructures that will boost agricultural productivity of the country.   

Bulk of the approved budget, or the Php 27.3 billion, will be for the restoration, repair, and rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems and construction and development of new irrigation systems.

Early September, the House of Representatives also gave its green light for the said budget.

Meanwhile, the Bicameral Committee panel sets clearer direction for the proposed free irrigation services act. The Congress and Senate, on October 10, agreed to settle differences on some provisions of the proposed law.

Senate Committee Chairperson on agriculture and food Senator Cynthia Villar admitted that there are disagreeing provisions of Senate Bill 1465 (Free Irrigation Service to Small Farmers Act of 2017) and House Bill 5670 (Free Irrigation Services Act).

Acting NIA Operations Manager Engr. Bayani Ofrecio, on one of free irrigation consultations, said that the house and senate bills differ on some provisions on condonation and corporate status of NIA.


NIA gives green light for the FS of Potential Hydropower sites
NIA conducts policy engagement; NCIA delivers 3,500 rice cavans for PRRD
P23.6-M irrigation project to benefit farmers in Surigao
Ecotourism to rise in NIA-owned dams
Senate okays NIA’s Budget; Bicam harmonizes provisions on Free Irrigation