NIA and DA reunite after 8 years

May 19, 2022, 9:12 AM
 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) conduct their First Coordination Meeting on May 12-13, 2022 at the Convention Hall, NIA Central Office, National Government Center, EDSA Diliman, Quezon City.

This coordination meeting was conducted after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed Executive Order No. 168, series of 2022 on April 25, 2022 transferring NIA to DA as an attached agency from being under the Office of the President (OP) for almost eight years.

NIA contingent is led by its Top Management Officials: Senior Deputy Administrator Benny D. Antiporda, Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C'zar M. Sulaik, and Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du, together NIA Central Office Department Managers, Corporate Board Secretary, Regional Managers, and Project Managers nationwide.

DA contingent is led by Undersecretary for Operations Ariel T. Cayanan and Assistant Secretary for Operations Arnel V. De Mesa along with their Division Chiefs. They are joined by Regional Executive Directors nationwide and officials of their National Rice Program and National Corn Program.

In his welcome remarks, NIA Deputy Administrator Du said that NIAns are steadfast in their conviction and in their determination that together with the Department of Agriculture, they shall succeed in achieving the goals of their great alliance for progress through efficient development, construction, operation and maintenance of irrigation systems nationwide.

DA Undersecretary Cayanan emphasized the importance of irrigation as he said, “What will be agriculture without water?” Usec. Cayanan said that DA had never been in trouble coordinating with NIA despite the dotted line that exists between them in the past eight years that this irrigation agency has been under OP. Now that NIA is attached to DA again, such line turns to a solid one, thus a chance to be a family in synergy to further develop the agricultural sector of the country.

Meanwhile, NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Antiporda, known for being an action-solution manager, sees light to this very important partnership between NIA and DA, especially now that the current administration is solution-based. He said that with DA prior 2014, NIA has done good. With the Office of the President for the past eight years, NIA has done better. Now that NIA is with DA again, SDA Antiporda is looking forward that this partnership will be the best.

During the morning session, NIA Acting Operations Manager Delsy J. Revellame presented the general information of all irrigation systems nationwide and status of irrigation systems per region. During the open forum, issues regarding devolution were discussed. NIA then committed to resolve concerns in its devolution implementation with the help of DA, taking into account that any decision will have repercussion on the long-term target to boost the country’s agricultural sector.

During the afternoon session, DA Technical Staff Jemflor Santiago discussed the rice and corn wet season planting status. Updates on fertilizer distribution under the rice program were presented by Mr. Ralph Alan Ceniza while updates under the corn program were discussed by Ms. Riciena Louise Bulingot.

Closing the meeting on the first day, SDA Antiporda said that DA and NIA have only one way to go, and that is success.

On the second day, NIA conducted a briefing with DA Secretary William D. Dar. Attendees were NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, Corporate Board Secretary, Department, Regional and Project Managers nationwide.

In his message, Administrator Visaya mentioned, “It is said that irrigation is the backbone of agriculture. Let this backbone be continuously strengthened with the full support of Secretary William Dar and the rest of the Department of Agriculture. Working hand-in-hand, I know that we can do better, together.”

Grateful to NIA for its warm welcome to DA, Secretary Dar said, “NIA, now with one DA family will vigorously work together with other relevant institutions, or bureaus or agencies or units within the Department of Agriculture. Synergy must be there; harmonization of efforts must be there.”

Participants from the Department of Agriculture and National Irrigation Administration for their First Coordination Meeting at the Convention Hall, NIA Central Office, EDSA Diliman, Quezon City

NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik introducing NIA Top Management Officials along with the Department Managers, Regional and Project Managers to the participants from DA.

NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du gives his welcome remarks saying that this meeting marks a new era of goodwill and mutual cooperation between DA and NIA.

Senior Deputy Administrator Benny D. Antiporda delivers his message saying that he sees light to this very important partnership between NIA and DA especially now that the current administration is solution-based.

DA Undersecretary for Operations Ariel Cayanan delivers his message where he emphasized the prime significance of irrigation to agriculture.

NIA Operations Manager Delsy J. Revellame presenting the general information of all irrigation systems nationwide and status of irrigation systems per region

DA Technical Staff Jemflor Santiago discussing the rice and corn wet season planting status

Updates on fertilizer distribution under the rice program being presented by Mr. Ralph Alan Ceniza of DA

Updates on fertilizer distribution under the corn program being presented by Ms. Riciena Louise Bulingot of DA

Group photo of the officials and participants from the Department of Agriculture with NIA Top Management Officials

Group photo of the officials and participants from the National Irrigation Administration with DA Undersecretary Cayanan and DA Assistant Secretary De Mesa

Group photo of the NIA family with DA Secretary William D. Dar. May 13, 2022

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya delivering his welcome message on the briefing with DA Secretary William D. Dar

DA Secretary William D. Dar delivering his message to NIA family on his first official visit to the Agency

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

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NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
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