NIA transfers 60% of CMIPP ownership to PSALM

December 23, 2021, 9:12 AM
 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), represented by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, and Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM), represented by President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Atty. Irene Joy Besido-Garcia, signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the transfer of the 60% ownership share over the P33.75-billion Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project (CMIPP) to the latter on December 14, 2021 at NIA Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A. NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Engr. Freddie M. Toquero and Central Office Department Managers were present during the MOA Signing.

The memorandum is pursuant to the Economic Development Cluster (EDC) Resolution No. 02, series of 2021, providing the resolution that NIA shall implement the transfer of its 60% ownership share over CMIPP to PSALM. Under the memorandum, NIA agreed that PSALM shall procure the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Service Contract under Republic Act No. 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act) to operate, manage, and maintain CMIPP’s power generation facilities and non-power generation facilities, such as weather stations and access roads from December 11, 2021 until its eventual privatization.

In addition, NIA and PSALM shall work together to ensure that CMIPP’s irrigation function and power generation are preserved and maintained. In terms of electrical energy trading, PSALM will continue to be the registered marketing participant in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market’s (WESM) database and be responsible for selling, trading, and/or allocating to its customers/WESM the net electrical energy generated by CMIPP’s power generation facilities until the project’s privatization is completed. In terms of sharing in net revenue and expenses, the parties agreed to share all net revenues and expenses, accruing from the project beginning December 11, 2021, following their 60%-40% ownership ratio (60% for PSALM and 40% for NIA).

For cost-sharing and billing arrangement, NIA and PSALM shall proportionately share in the net income or loss from the project’s monthly operations. The Parties shall discuss the protocols in the implementation of sharing and billing arrangements, including the accounting procedures for the same. It was agreed upon that PSALM will pursue the privatization of CMIPP, with the understanding that NIA and PSALM will share in the net proceeds in accordance with their 40%-60% ownership interest.

CMIPP was successfully undertaken through a Build, Operate, and Transfer (BOT) Agreement between NIA and Cal Energy Casecnan Water and Energy Company, Inc. (CECWEC) on November 13, 1994. The project has a total cost of USD 675 million (P33.75 billion). It involves the construction of a 26.27-kilometer, 6.50-meter diameter transbasin tunnel traversing Caraballo Mountains with a capacity of 80 cubic meter per second (cms) capable of diverting at least 800 million cms of water per year to the Pantabangan Reservoir. It also involves the construction of two diversion weirs in Casecnan and Taan Rivers in Nueva Vizcaya, including 80.46-kilometer access roads that connect to local municipal and provincial road networks. Two generator sets were also installed generating a combined power of 150 MW and a 230kV Switchyard wherein the National Power Corporation’s (NPC) transmission lines were connected. The power produced in the plant is supplied to the Luzon Grid.

On December 10, 2021, CECWEC conducted the Turnover Ceremony of the Casecnan Hydroelectric Power Plant to NIA and PSALM. NIA Administrator Visaya, NIA Acting Senior Deputy Administrator Romeo M. Lopez, NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector (DAAFS) Engr. Freddie M. Toquero, Ph.D., NIA UPRIIS Department Manager Rosalinda B. Bote, CECWEC President Trinity S. Gatuz, PSALM Vice President for Privatization and Asset Management Arnold C. Francisco, and other officials and employees NIA, CECWEC, and PSALM attended the event.

Prior to the said turnover ceremony was the Turnover of Pantabangan View Deck from CECWEC to NIA and Pantabangan LGU on December 9, 2021 in the Municipality of Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija. NIA Administrator Visaya, Acting DAAFS Toquero, CECWEC President Gatuz, and local government officials attended the ceremony.

As the lead agency mandated to develop all possible sources of water primarily for irrigation and secondarily in power generation, NIA remains resilient in providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers amidst pandemic.

1st Row (from left to right) – NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya and PSALM President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Atty. Irene Joy Besido-Garcia

2nd Row (from left to right) – NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff (PAIS) Department Manager Eden Victoria C. Selva, Corporate Planning Services Department Manager Rogelia C. Dela Torre, Engineering Department Manager Lydia S. Esguerra, Legal Services Department Manager Atty. Marty P. Cachapero, Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C'zar M. Sulaik, PSALM Vice President for Privatization and Asset Management Arnold C. Francisco, and other PSALM executives during the MOA Signing for the transfer of NIA’s 60% ownership share over the CMIPP to PSALM

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya and PSALM President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Atty. Irene Joy Besido-Garcia signs the MOA.

From left to right: NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, Pantabangan Municipal Mayor Roberto T. Agdipa, and CECWEC President Trinity S. Gatuz during the Ribbon Cutting and Turnover Ceremony of the Pantabangan View Deck from CECWEC to Pantabangan LGU on December 9, 2021

Unveiling of the Marker

Turnover of the Symbolic Key for the Pantabangan View Deck from CECWEC to Pantabangan LGU

Administrator Visaya delivers his Acceptance Message during the Turnover of the Pantabangan View Deck.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (5th from left), together with CECWEC President Trinity S. Gatuz (4th from right), PSALM Vice President for Privatization and Asset Management Arnold C. Francisco (2nd from left), and other officials and employees NIA, CECWEC, and PSALM during the Symbolic Turnover of the Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project

Administrator Visaya delivers his Acceptance Message during the Turnover of the Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project.

The Bugkalot Tribe of Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija renders a tribal dance during the Turnover of the Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project as a form of gratitude to the government’s efforts in uplifting the lives of the Filipino farmers.

 

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

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

 

NIA turns over rehabilitated Tarlac Diversion Dam and 3 solar power-driven pump irrigation projects in Isabela

December 20, 2021, 1:10 PM
 

NIA Region III – True to its mandate of developing, construction, operating, and maintaining irrigation systems in support of the government’s agricultural program, the National Irrigation Administration – Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project Phase II (NIA TBBMP-II) turned over the rehabilitated Tarlac Diversion Dam to NIA Regional Office III on December 1, 2021. The unveiling of Tarlac Diversion Dam Marker and test run for the intake and sluice gates of the dam were likewise conducted during the activity.

The Tarlac Diversion Dam, located in Barangay Carangian, Tarlac City was formally turned over by TBBMP Manager Prudencio B. Santos to NIA Regional Office No. III, headed by Manager Josephine B. Salazar. The ceremony is witnessed by NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya.

The original operation of the system was in 1959. It was rehabilitated in June 1984 with a total cost of P68.645 million. The project covers about 10,315 hectares of agricultural land in the municipalities of Pura, Victoria, Gerona, La Paz, and Tarlac City, all in the province of Tarlac, benefitting 7,699 farmers and their families. The control structures of the gates of this rehabilitated dam are now automated.

NIA Luzon Regional Managers, some Central Office Department and Division Managers, Region III Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Managers, and Tarlac Federation of Irrigators Association were present during the event.

On the other hand, a total of 56 farmers in Quirino and Gamu towns in Isabela will benefit from the recently inaugurated and turned over irrigation systems by the NIA Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS) on December 2-3, 2021. These projects with an aggregate cost of P10-million include Two-Unit Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Project in Barangay Binarzang and Barangay San Mateo in Quirino, Isabela with a total cost of P6,666,666.00 and Single Unit Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Project in Barangay Dammao, Gamu, Isabela amounting to P3,333,334.00. These newly installed solar power-driven pump irrigation projects are expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 56 hectares of agricultural land in the towns of Quirino and Gamu in Isabela benefitting 54 farmers and their families.

NIA Acting Senior Deputy Administrator Romeo M. Lopez, MARIIS Acting Department Manager Josue A. Sabio, incoming MARIIS Acting Department Manager Gileu Michael O. Dimoloy, Division III Acting Manager Isagani R. Concepcion, local government officials, and Irrigators Associations (IAs) were present during the events.

Capping these events was the Turnover of Leadership Ceremony of MARIIS Division IV on the afternoon of December 2, 2021 at NIA MARIIS Training Center, Cauayan City. In the ceremony presided by Acting SDA Lopez, Outgoing Division Manager Carmelo L. Salvador who is retiring from service passed on the leadership of MARIIS Division IV to Incoming Division Manager Efren F. Robang. A symbolic turnover of NIA Flag and a signing of Relinquishment and Assumption Order commenced at the ceremony.

Despite the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic, NIA remains true to its commitment in providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers.

The newly rehabilitated Tarlac Diversion Dam which was turned over from NIA-BBMP to NIA Region III

The unveiling of the marker of the newly rehabilitated Tarlac Diversion Dam led by (left to right) Region III Manager Josephine B. Salazar, Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations C’zar M. Sulaik, Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, Tarlac 1st District Board Member TonyBoy Cervantes, Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero, BBMP Manager Prudencio B. Santos

Engr. Prudencio B. Santos, Project Manager of BBMP leading the test run of the automated intake and sluice gates of the Tarlac Diversion Dam

The presidents of the beneficiary Irrigators Associations of the newly rehabilitated Tarlac Diversion Dam

Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya giving his message for the Turnover Ceremony of Tarlac Diversion Dam

One unit of Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Project in Brgy. San Mateo, Quirino, Isabela which will irrigate 12 hectares of farmlands

One unit of Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation System in Brgy. Binarzang, Quirino, Isabela which will irrigate 30 hectares of farmlands

Signing of Memorandum of Agreement between NIA-MARIIS and the Irrigators Associations of Brgys. Binarzang and San Mateo, Quirino, Isabela

Ceremonial Turnover of the Two Units of Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Project to the Irrigators Associations in Brgys. San Mateo and Binarzang, Quirino Isabela

One unit of Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Project in Brgy. Dammao, Gamu, Isabela which will irrigate 14 hectares of farmlands

Signing of Memorandum of Agreement between NIA-MARIIS and Irrigators Association in Brgy. Dammao, Gamu, Isabela

Ceremonial Turnover of one unit of Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Project to the farmer-beneficiaries in Brgy. Dammao, Gamu, Isabela

NIA Acting Senior Deputy Administrator Romeo M. Lopez giving his message to the farmer-beneficiaries of the inaugurated and turned-over solar power-driven pump irrigation projects

 

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

 

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

NIA INAUGURATES 2 JAPAN-FUNDED REHABILITATED PROJECTS AND FIRST COTTON IRRIGATION PROJECT IN ILOCOS NORTE

December 16, 2021, 1:11 PM
 

NIA Region I – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) inaugurated the newly rehabilitated P168.773-million Madongan River Irrigation System (RIS) and P131.292-million Solsona River Irrigation System (RIS) on November 24, 2021 in the Province of Ilocos Norte.

The rehabilitated and improved Madongan RIS with a Firmed-Up Service Area (FUSA) of 2,027 hectares covers the municipalities of Dingras and Marcos, supplying ten (10) barangays with eight (8) Irrigators Associations. While the Solsona RIS with a firmed-up service area (FUSA) of 1,340 hectares covers the municipalities of Solsona and Dingras, supplying nine (9) barangays with five (5) Irrigators Associations.

NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero led the inauguration and turnover ceremony in behalf of the NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya. Present also in the event were Embassy of Japan H.E. Ambassador KOSHIKAWA KAZUHIKO, representatives of JICA headed by Chief Representative AZUKIZAWA Eigo, local government officials headed by representative to the Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Joseph M. Manotoc, NISRIP Project Manager Silvino C. Navarro, NIA Region I Manager Angelito S. Miguel, and Ilocos Norte Irrigation Management Office (Ilocos Norte IMO) Manager Weynard Untalan. Also, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles conveyed his message through a pre-recorded video.

The Madongan RIS and Solsona RIS are under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP), funded by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Succeeding the event is the inauguration and turnover of the completed Lumbaan-Bicbica Small Irrigation Project on November 25, 2021 located at Barangay Garnaden, Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte.

Aside from the development, construction, operation, and maintenance of irrigation systems nationwide, NIA ventures in renewable energy development. As part of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya’s innovation and modernization platform, NIA maximizes its full potential to develop hydroelectric power and solar projects. The Lumbaan-Bicbica SIP was constructed under the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte through Presidential Directive No. 2020-0034 for Solar-Powered Irrigation System under GAA 2020. This has a service area of 25 hectares and will benefit at least 20 cotton farmer-beneficiaries primarily from the town of Pinili, Ilocos Norte.

The Lumbaan-Bicbica SIP is NIA’s first irrigation project for cotton production. This is in support of the continued preservation and practice for the weaving industry in Pinili, Ilocos Norte where the Gamaba Cultural Center in honor of the 97-year old Magdalena Gamayo, an Inabel Weaver is located.

Furthermore, the Ilocos Norte-Ilocos Sur-Abra Irrigation Project (INISAIP) building located in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte was inaugurated on November 25, 2021 led by NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero in behalf of the NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya. Present also in the inauguration ceremony were NIA Region 1 Manager Angelito S. Miguel, INISAIP Acting Project Manager Gileu Michael O. Dimoloy and INISAIP personnel and staff.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, assure that aligned with the Agency’s continuous efforts for innovative irrigation, the Agency remains committed to its mandate of providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers.

Ribbon-cutting of Solsona River Irrigation System (RIS), Ilocos Norte

Unveiling of marker of Solsona River Irrigation System (RIS), Ilocos Norte

NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero with Embassy of Japan H.E. Ambassador KOSHIKAWA KAZUHIKO, JICA Chief Representative AZUKIZAWA Eigo and personnel, NISRIP Project Manager Silvino C. Navarro, NIA Region I Manager Angelito S. Miguel, Ilocos Norte IMO Manager Weynard Untalan, and IA officials at Solsona Diversion Dam

Ribbon-cutting of Madongan River Irrigation System (RIS), Ilocos Norte

Unveiling of marker of Madongan River Irrigation System (RIS), Ilocos Norte

NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero with Embassy of Japan H.E. Ambassador KOSHIKAWA KAZUHIKO, JICA Chief Representative AZUKIZAWA Eigo and personnel, NISRIP Project Manager Silvino C. Navarro, NIA Region I Manager Angelito S. Miguel, Ilocos Norte IMO Manager Weynard Untalan, and IA officials at Madongan RIS

JICA Chief Representative AZUKIZAWA Eigo delivers his message

Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Joseph M. Manotoc delivers his message

Embassy of Japan H.E. Ambassador KOSHIKAWA KAZUHIKO delivers his message

NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero delivers NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya’s message

Ribbon-cutting of Lumbaan-Bicbica Small Irrigation Project located at Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte

Unveiling of marker of Lumbaan-Bicbica Small Irrigation Project located at Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte

NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero delivers his message

Solar panels of Lumbaan-Bicbica Small Irrigation Project located at Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte

Lumbaan-Bicbica Small Irrigation Project located at Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte

Inauguration of Ilocos Norte-Ilocos Sur-Abra Irrigation Project (INISAIP) Building located in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte

NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero delivers his message during the inauguration of INISAIP Building

 

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

 

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

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