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:

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-3741 loc. 113

 

Bringing irrigation service closer to the Filipino farmers

May 5, 2022, 10:37 AM
 

Pasay City – With the objective of showcasing the significant and major outputs of infrastructure flagship projects (IFPs) under the term of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the 5th Inter-Agency IFP Forum: Final Project Review of the Working Committee for Forward Transition was conducted at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on April 28, 2022 by the Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH), together with heads of line and oversight agencies, as well as development partners involved in the implementation of IFPs under the Build, Build, Build (BBB) Program.

Being an infrastructure agency, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, fast-tracks the implementation of six IFPs to cover more agricultural areas in the country. In his Executive Report, he shared the accomplishments of NIA’s IFPs, namely, the P13.37-billion Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project – Phase II (BBMP-II) in Tarlac, P11.21-billion Jalaur River Multipurpose Project – Stage II (JRMP-II) in Iloilo, P5.444-billion Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project - Stage II (MMIP-II) in North Cotabato, P3.134-billion National Irrigation System Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) with 11 irrigation projects nationwide, P3.5-billion Lower Agno River Irrigation System Improvement Project (LARISIP) in Pangasinan, and P4.372-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP) in Kalinga to bring efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service closer for greater Filipino farmers. An Audio-Visual Presentation was also played after the Administrator’s Executive Report.

NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik, CRPIP Project Manager Reyvilino Apongol, LARISIP Project Manager Freddie M. Toquero, JRMP-II Project Manager Jonel Borres, MMIP-II Acting Project Manager Reynaldo Sarigumba, BBMP-II Project Manager Prudencio Santos, Engineering Department Manager Reynaldo Baloloy, and Project Benefits Monitoring and Evaluation Section (PBMES) Chief Sweetclaire Gamboa were present during the event. The Office of the Public Affairs and Information Staff (PAIS), headed by Department Manager Eden Victoria C. Selva, organized the Agency’s booth and distributed flyers and other Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Materials to the participating agencies in coordination with the Construction Management Division, Engineering Department and Project Management Offices.

DPWH Undersecretary and Chief Implementer of Flagship Projects under the BBB Program Emil K. Sadain, Department of Finance (DOF) Undersecretary for International Finance Group Mark Dennis Y.C. Joven, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary for Functional Group Head of the Budget Policy and Strategy Group Rolando U. Toledo, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) OIC-Undersecretary for Investment Planning Group Roderick M. Planta, together with the officials from different line agencies, such as the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), Department of Transportation (DOTr), Metropolitan Water and Sewerage System (MWSS), University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Energy (DOE), National Power Corporation (NPC), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), and Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) attended the event.

NIA remains true to its mandate on the development, construction, operation, and maintenance of irrigation systems for the benefit of the Filipino farmers. The Legacy of the Duterte Administration to usher the Golden Age of Infrastructure Development in the country may serve as the building blocks of infrastructure development programs for the succeeding administration and beyond.

#TuloyAngDaloyNIA
#BuildBuildBuild
#DuterteLegacy
 

BBP-IFP Chief Implementer and DPWH Secretary Sadain delivers his message during the 5th Inter-Agency IFP Forum: Final Project Review of the Working Committee for Forward Transition

From left to right: CRPIP Project Manager Reyvilino Apongol, LARISIP Project Manager Freddie Toquero, PBMES Chief Sweetclaire Gamboa, Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik, BBMP-II Project Manager Prudencio Santos, MMIP-II Project Manager Reynaldo Sarigumba, and Acting Engineering Department Manager Reynaldo Baloloy at the NIA IFP Booth organized by the Office of the Public Affairs and Information Staff, in coordination with the Construction Management Division, Engineering Department and Project Management Offices

NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya delivers his Executive Report during the Inter-Agency IFP Forum.

NIA IFP Audio-Visual Presentation

NIA officials together with BBP-IFP Chief Implementer and DPWH Secretary Sadain (6th from right)

 

**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 Central Office breaks ground for the 600kW rated capacity standby generator set

April 28, 2022, 2:17 PM
 

Led by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, the National Irrigation Administration has conducted the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the supply, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of 600kW rated capacity standby generator set including ancillary equipment on April 22, 2022.

This has an approved budget of P10,000,000.00 awarded to Automation and Power Distribution Services (APDS) contractor on February 1, 2022. The duration of the project is 120 calendar days which started on February 22, 2022 and is estimated to be completed on June 21, 2022.

The NIA Central Office has been using a 272KW capacity generator for the longest time and this old generator can only accommodate minimal electrical load for the office. With this, the late NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector, MGen Romeo G. Gan (Ret) conceptualized the idea to replace it and procure a new standby generator set with a higher capacity that can supply all the electrical load requirements of the office during a power outage. This likewise conforms to the prerequisite to apply for a permit to operate the generator set in compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2018 certification.

The 600kW standby generator is a backup electrical system that operates automatically. Within seconds of a utility outage, an automatic transfer switch senses the power loss and commands the generator to start, and then transfers the electrical load to the generator. The standby generator begins supplying power to the circuits. Once this project is completed, it can provide all the electrical load requirements of the Central Office in case of a power outage.

#WalangBrownoutsaNIA. This is what the Administrator said in his message during this Groundbreaking Ceremony. Paralleled to #TuloyAngDaloyNIA, once this generator set is already installed, delivery of services of the Agency will be improved as an unhampered work will be assured in the Central Office even amidst power outage.

Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya lays in the time capsule as he leads the groundbreaking ceremony for the installation of 600kW standby generator set of NIA Central Office, Quezon City on April 22, 2022. Assisting the Administrator are Administrative Department Manager Ailyne C. Agtuca-Selda, CorPlan Manager Rogelia C. Dela Torre, General Services Division Manager Wilhelm S. Tiangco, and Project Manager Edgardo Lagrada of ADPS.

Administrator Visaya buries the time capsule as he leads the groundbreaking ceremony for the installation of 600kW standby generator set of NIA Central Office, Quezon City on April 22, 2022.

Administrative Department Manager Ailyne C. Agtuca-Selda shares the project profile to the attendees of the groundbreaking ceremony.

Administrator Visaya delivers his message to the attendees of the groundbreaking ceremony where he said that once the generator set is already installed, an unhampered delivery of services in NIA Central Office will be assured - #WalangBrownoutsaNIA.

From left to right: GSD Manager Wilhelm S. Tiangco, Corporate Planning Services Manager Rogelia C. Dela Torre, Administrative Department Manager Ailyne C. Agtuca-Selda, Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, Public Affairs and Information Staff Manager Eden Victoria C. Selva

Administrator Visaya together with the Managers, APDS staff, and General Services Division staff

 

**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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