NIA reaffirms that recent flooding in Cagayan Valley is not wholly attributed to Magat Dam

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 14:17

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) reaffirms that the recent flooding in Cagayan Valley is not wholly attributed to Magat Dam located in the Municipality of Ramon, Isabela.

During the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) in Luzon on November 11-12, 2020, Magat Dam was pinpointed as the culprit in the widespread flooding within the Cagayan Valley Region, especially, in Central Isabela and in the entire stretch of lower Cagayan River System down to Aparri, Cagayan. However, based on the Flood Bulletin No. 3 Cagayan River Basin of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Northern Luzon Regional Services Division, these areas were identified as low-lying and flood prone areas in the Region.

Cagayan River Basin is subdivided into three parts: Upper Cagayan River Basin (Ganano and Magat), Middle Cagayan River Basin (Siffu-Mallig, Pinacanauan Rivers of Ilagan, Tumaini, and San Pablo), and Lower Cagayan River Basin (Pinacanauan de Tuguegarao, Chico Pared, and Dummun).

Magat River Basin is only one of the 20 river systems within the Cagayan River Basin. Studies showed that Magat Dam contributes only 15% of the river basin’s total water storage capacity and 21% if the considered control point will be in Buntun Bridge, Tuguegarao City.

According to the Dam Protocols, PAGASA issues the Notice for Flood Precaution Period of the Dam Discharge Warning Operation for the Magat River Basin. If due to its data analysis and weather projection, heavy amount of rainfall may be expected within the next 24 hours due to large scale weather system. It is only upon the receipt of this Notice that the NIA-MARIIS Dam and Reservoir Division Flood Forecasting Warning System Dam Operation (FFWSDO) will activate its extensive early warning operation. This is a public warning system installed downstream of Magat Dam along Magat River, informing those in the low-lying areas regarding the opening of Magat Dam gate/s. Communication with stakeholders through various media is also sent for information dissemination and appropriate action. It is to be made clear that the handling of natural occurrences, such as this, is not the sole domain of NIA but a concerted effort of the Local Government Units (LGUs), Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMCs), all forms of media, the farmers, and other stakeholders in the affected communities.

The gradual opening of dam gates aims to lessen/drawdown reservoir elevation and to contain the water inflows expected in the forecasted heavy rainfall. However, Magat Reservoir drawdown should still be in accordance with its Rule Operational Curve. It cannot be done impulsively. Any adjustment or revision of the rule curve entails a study and coordination with various stakeholders, including PAGASA and Department of Agriculture (DA).

In this regard, the recent flooding in some parts of Cagayan Province cannot be wholly attributed to Magat Dam because that is an effect of the Frontal System and Amihan enhanced by Tropical Depression Vicky. The inflow and outflow experienced on December 19, 2020 is lesser by a half of the inflow and outflow of Typhoon Ulysses. Yet, even without spillage from the Magat Dam, flooding was already experienced in portions of Cagayan, which affected 219 farmers comprising 213 hectares of agricultural land in Cagayan Province, while MARIIS recorded 2,670 hectares of affected area (2,231 farmers).

With all data provided by the Agency, NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, stand firm that the recent flooding in the Province of Cagayan and some portions of Isabela was caused by natural calamities which are beyond human control, contrary to the press release of Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura dated December 21, 2020 accusing NIA of failing twice in dam water release. The Agency reaffirms that the opening of Magat Dam gates was in accordance with the existing guidelines.

As review of the protocol is on process, its finalization and subsequent implementation requires consensus of different Agencies. Magat Dam gates cannot and will not be opened and closed at the whim of NIA because life and property may be at a greater risk of danger.

 
**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:
 

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Acting Department Manager
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-3741

 

NIA Acquires P57.8-million Light and Transport Equipment

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 14:08

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) acquires 34 units of light and transport equipment worth P57.8 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 December 22, 2020 at the NIA Grounds, the light and transport equipment was turned over by the winning bidder, CT Citimotors, to NIA Top Management witnessed by Central Office Department Managers and employees.

 The purchase of light/transport and heavy equipment is part of 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 were set for procurement in 2019.

As of December 31, 2018, NIA maintained in operating condition 3,383 units of heavy, light/transport, other support, and special equipment in support to the operations and maintenance of irrigation systems nationwide. On the other hand, 600 units of equipment are non-operable, while 1,346 units of equipment are recommended for disposal. Thus, the three-year re-fleeting program is expected to make NIA operations more efficient and reliable.

Preceding the turnover ceremony of equipment was the handover of the financial assistance amounting to P625,000.00 from NIA Top Management Officials to the NIA Employees’ Association of the Philippines – National Capital Region (NIAEASP-NCR) for the victims of Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses. Part of the P625,000.00 is a contribution from NIA Central Office employees.

TURNOVER CEREMONY OF LIGHT AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT FROM CITI CITIMOTORS TO NIA TOP MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS

HANDOVER OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM NIA TOP MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS TO NIAEASP-NCR FOR THE VICTIMS OF TYPHOONS ROLLY AND ULYSSES

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Acting Department Manager
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-3741
 
 

1,795 farmers to benefit from P115.686-million rehabilitated Dumacaa RIS

Friday, December 18, 2020 - 11:43

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, inaugurated the newly rehabilitated Dumacaa River Irrigation System (Dumacaa RIS) and turned over one (1) unit of Irrigators Association (IA) Building and three (3) units of combined IA offices and post-harvest/support facilities, on December 10, 2020 in the Municipality of Pagbilao and the Cities of Tayabas and Lucena in Quezon Province.

Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin of NIA led the inauguration and turnover ceremony. Joining him were Minister of Economic Affairs Masahiro Nakata of the Embassy of Japan and Chief Representative Eigo Azukizawa of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Cabinet Secretary and Chairman of NIA Board Karlo Alexei B. Nograles sent his video message which was played during the program. Mayor Ernida Reynoso of Tayabas City was also present during the ribbon cutting and unveiling of the Dumacaa RIS at the Alsam Dam.

The irrigation system under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) is funded through JICA amounting to P115,686,140.20. The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 1,839 hectares of agricultural land in Pagbilao town and the cities of Tayabas and Lucena, benefitting 1,585 farmers and their families.

The rehabilitation of Dumacaa RIS includes mechanical works of Alsam, Lakawan, and Mayao dams, construction and realignment of 14.74-kilometer concrete lining, desilting works, rehabilitation and construction of 16 structures, and replacement of dilapidated turnout gates of 25 unit assemblies. Also included is the construction of one unit of Irrigators Association (IA) building and three units of combined IA offices and support facilities.

In his video message, Cabinet Secretary Nograles emphasized the contribution of Dumacaa RIS in the agricultural sector of the country and to the farmers. He said, “Increase in production will help improve profitability and livelihood of our farmers. Isa itong napakagandang balita para sa ating mga magsasaka sa gitna ng pandemyang ating kinakaharap sa kasalukuyan. Sa mga panahong ito mas kailangan nating panatilihin ang daloy ng irigasyon patungo sa mga sakahan. Tandaan, sa patubig may pagkain.”

Acknowledging the benefit that Dumacaa RIS rehabilitation will bring to the farmers, SDA Bagasin said, “This rehabilitation… has given new life not only to Dumacaa RIS itself but most importantly, to our farmer-beneficiaries. This now stands as a symbol of hope to our farmers amidst the pandemic which affects the whole world and the natural disasters that have hit the country in the past months, particularly here in Southern Luzon.”

CabSec Nograles and SDA Bagasin extended their gratitude to the Japanese Government through the Embassy of Japan and JICA, for its continuous assistance to the Philippine Government particularly in boosting the agricultural sector of the country.

Among those who spearheaded the inauguration and turnover ceremony were NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez, Quezon Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Manager Fidel P. Martinez, and NISRIP Project Manager Silvino C. Navarro.

NIA, as the lead government agency mandated to develop all possible sources of water for irrigation, remains committed to its mandate of providing reliable and sustainable irrigation services to our farmers through the construction of irrigation projects and rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems.

 
Ribbon Cutting and Unveiling of the Marker at the Alsam Dam of Dumacaa RIS
 
 
 
Machineries and Equipment at the Alsam Dam in Dumacaa RIS
 
 
 
Ribbon Cutting and Unveiling of the Marker of the IA Offices with Support Facilities
 
 
 
Symbolic Turnover of Dumacaa RIS to the Federation of Irrigators Associations
 
 
 
Messages of Minister of Economic Affairs Masahiro Nakata of the Embassy of Japan and Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin of the National Irrigation Administration
 
**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:
 
EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Acting Department Manager
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-3741
 
 
 
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