NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) acquired 8 units of heavy equipment (motor graders) through a loan granted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) amounting to P71.8 million. The said heavy equipment will be used in the construction and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) activities of irrigation projects nationwide, specifically those projects under the National Irrigation System Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP).
In a simple Blessing and Turnover Ceremony on August 20, 2019 at the NIA Grounds, the procured heavy equipment is turned over by the winning bidder, ConEquip Philippines, Inc., to the NIA Top Management Officials headed by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya and witnessed by Central Office Department Managers and employees.
The acquisition of light/transport and heavy equipment constitutes the three-year re-fleeting program of the Agency from CY 2017 to 2019. 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 are set for procurement this 2019.
In his Acceptance Message, NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya expressed his gratitude to the Japanese Government for helping NIA through NISRIP in rehabilitating irrigation systems affected by the many typhoons hitting the country every year.
NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle) and NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B Bagasin (Right) receives the symbolic key of 8 units of P71.8-million JICA-loaned heavy equipment from the Operations Manager of ConEquip Philippines, Inc., Mr. Rodrigo Abenojar (Left), during the Blessing and Turnover Ceremony on August 20, 2019 at the NIA Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City as part of the Agency’s Three-Year Re-fleeting Program.
NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya delivers his Acceptance Message during the Blessing and Turnover Ceremony of P71.8-million JICA-loaned heavy equipment from ConEquip Philippines, Inc. to NIA.
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