NIA updates on COVID-19

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 14:51

 

NIA Central Office – In light of recent developments of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) immediately adhered to the necessary protocols of subjecting all Central Office employees to Rapid Antibody-Based Test at Veterans Memorial Medical Center on June 24, 2020.

Following this action, the entire NIA Central Office was locked down on July 01, 2020 to pave way for disinfection activities and installation of office protective coverings to prevent and control the spread of the virus. All employees, excluding essential personnel, are also placed under 14-Day Quarantine while adopting Work-from-Home Arrangement. In addition, face shields, face masks, hygiene kits, and multivitamins to employees, and Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfecting Germicidal Sterilizer Light per office were provided by the Agency.

As of July 08, 2020, a total of 640 NIA employees and personnel already underwent Rapid Testing. Six hundred twenty-nine (629) of which tested negative, while 10 personnel who tested IgM Positive were subjected to Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Test/Swab Testing. To date, NIA has a total of seven (7) confirmed cases with three (3) recoveries and zero (0) death.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, call all NIA employees to remain vigilant against COVID-19 and do necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus. Administrator Visaya assures that the health and safety of employees are on the top priorities of the Management in these challenging times of pandemic disease.

For assistance and/or inquiries, you may contact:

NIA COVID-19 HOTLINES
Globe: (0956) 380-7723
Smart: (0961) 506-6416
Landline: (02) 8929-6071 loc. 153

NIA breaks ground for P893-million Balbalungao Earthfill Dam amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 07:27

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) set the green light for the construction of the P893-million Balbalungao Earthfill Dam on July 2, 2020 in Lupao, Nueva Ecija amidst the present COVID-19 pandemic.

With strict compliance with Minimum Public Health Standards, NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya led the Agency’s first groundbreaking and capsule laying ceremony after the government declared lockdown since March due to COVID-19. “The conduct of the groundbreaking is the symbol of openization of the envisioned project that will bring hope to those who would benefit the most from it,” he said in his message.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, who served as the event's Guest of Honor and Speaker delivered his speech through a pre-recorded video. He acknowledged the importance of NIA’s mandate to help improve the well-being of our farmers in the New Normal to ensure irrigation in the continuity of farming. "Today’s groundbreaking while in quarantine is our declaration that our work continues, and that it continues with greater sear to overcome and prove that COVID-19 did not get the better of us. Instead, we will rise from this crisis like we Filipinos always do,” he remarked.

Present in the event were local government officials headed by representative to the Governor, Dr. Joebeat Agliam and NIA Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS) Department Manager Rosalinda B. Bote and UPRIIS Division I Acting Manager Felix L. Teaño, Jr. who will facilitate the operation of the dam.

The Balbalungao Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (BSRIP) with 840-hectare service area aims to see significant changes in the Municipality of Lupao by providing sustainable development to the 562 farmers and their families of barangays Balbalungao, San Isidro, Salvacion, Sto. Niño and Mapampang.  In this project, no residential areas will be affected. Only 38.44 hectares of lands and trees will be affected by the reservoir area. All necessary procedures were done and pre-requisite permits acquired. Furthermore, in the pursuit for innovations and modernization in irrigation facilities nationwide, after this on-going construction, there will be a hydropower component to be installed before the irrigation outlet of the dam. “Kasi lahat ng mga dams na ginagawa ngayon ng NIA ay hindi pang irigasyon lang. So it should always be a multipurpose dam,” Administrator Visaya stated. 

Administrator Visaya calls upon everybody, as “partners in progress”, to always cooperate and collaborate so that Balbalungao Small Reservoir Irrigation Project will be done completed as scheduled by November 2023.

Balbalungao Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (BSRIP) site at Lupao, Nueva Ecija

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya being screened upon arrival in observance of Minimum Public Health Standards due to COVID-19 pandemic

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya and NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative & Finance Romeo G Gan closing the time capsule

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya during the ceremonial shoveling

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya leads the laying of time capsule observing social distancing

(Left to right) Mr. Eric Timbol, Representative of Congresswoman Micaela S. Violago, NIA Management and Security Consultant Lt Gen Ralph A. Villanueva (Ret), Lupao Municipal Engineer Engr. Bernardo Basco (Representative of Lupao Mayor Alex Rommel V. Romano), San Isidro Balbalungao Irrigators’ Association (IA) President Mr. John Gonzales, NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, NIA UPRIIS Department Manager Engr. Rosalinda B. Bote, Agricultural Engineering and Administrative Division Head Dr. Joebeat Agliam (Representative of Governor Aurelio M. Umali) and NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Romeo G Gan at Balbalungao Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (BSRIP) site

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya delivers his message during the program proper at Farmhouse Hotel & Café, San Jose City, Nueva Ecija.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles delivering his speech through a pre-recorded video

(Left to right) San Isidro Balbalungao Irrigators’ Association (IA) President Mr. John Gonzales, NIA-UPRIIS Department Manager Engr. Rosalinda B. Bote, NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, Agricultural Engineering and Administrative Division Head Dr. Joebeat Agliam (Representative of Governor Aurelio M. Umali) and NIA-UPRIIS Division I Acting Manager Engr. Felix L. Teaño, Jr

**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 fast-tracks implementation of Big-Ticket Projects

Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 21:35

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) ensures timely and efficient implementation of its big-ticket irrigation projects, namely 1) P11.212-billion Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) in Calinog, Iloilo which broke ground on February 27, 2019, 2) P4.37-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP) in Pinukpuk, Kalinga which broke ground on August 08, 2018, and 3) Tarlac Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project Phase II (TBBMP II) located in San Jose, Tarlac which broke ground on July 18, 2017.

As of May 31, 2020, JRMP II Project Management Office reported an actual project accomplishment of 27.98 percent against the target of 24.65. JRMP II is NIA's 8th big ticket irrigation project under the “Build, Build, Build” Program of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the first large-scale reservoir outside Luzon. The project includes the construction of three dams: a 109-meter high dam, a 38-meter afterbay dam across the Jalaur River, and a catch dam in Alibunan River. An 80-kilometer high line canal will also be constructed to deliver irrigation water from the dams to the rice paddies.

Upon completion, JRMP II is expected to provide year-round irrigation water supply to 9,500 hectares of new irrigable areas and rehabilitation of 22,340 hectares covered by five existing irrigation systems in 23 municipalities and two cities in the Province of Iloilo, benefiting 22,000 farmers and their families. The project is also expected to create 17,000 employment opportunities during the project implementation. Similarly, rice production will increase from 3.6 to 5 metric tons per hectare. It also includes other incidental benefits such as development of eco-cultural tourism, fish culture, flood mitigation, and watershed management. Furthermore, 6.6 megawatts of hydroelectric power and bulk water supply for domestic and industrial use of 1 CMS will be later implemented.

On the other hand, as of 1st Quarter of 2020, CRPIP Project Management Office reported an actual project accomplishment of 43.66 percent for the construction of Pump House, Transmission Line, Diversion Main Canal, Lateral Canals, Appurtenant Structures, Service/Access Road, and Terminal Facilities.

Once completed, CRPIP will provide substantial and timely irrigation water supply to 8,700 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipality of Tuao and Piat in Cagayan, and the Municipality of Pinukpuk in Kalinga, benefiting 4,350 farmers and their families. The project is expected to create 14,784 jobs during project implementation and 8,700 permanents jobs when the project becomes completely operational. Furthermore, it targets to contribute 36,217 metric tons of milled rice to the country’s rice supply, incurring $15.57 million savings from rice importation and yielding an incremental income of P75,193.00 per hectare per year.

Meanwhile, as of May 15, 2020, TBBMP II Project Management Office reported an actual project accomplishment of 33.91 percent and 29.34 physical accomplishment for the construction of Balog-Balog Storage Dam and its appurtenant structures. 

Upon completion, TBBMP II will provide year-round irrigation to approximately 34,410 hectares of agricultural land in 10 municipalities in the Province of Tarlac, namely Paniqui, Pura, Victoria, Ramos, Gerona, San Jose, La Paz, Capas, Concepcion, and Tarlac City, benefitting around 23,000 farmers and their families.  As a multipurpose dam, the hydropower project within the facility can generate at least 43.5 megawatts of electricity. The high dam can also store up to 560 million cubic meters (MCM) which can increase the cropping intensity in the project area from 124 percent to 200 percent.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, assure that the Agency is doing its best to continuously deliver efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers.

Construction works at Alibunan River Catch Dam in Barangay Toyungan, Calinog, Iloilo continue as the Province of Iloilo is placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). Among the three dams of JRMP II, Alibunan Catch Dam will be completed first.

Ongoing construction of Box Culvert at TBBMP II Project Site

Ongoing construction of Diversion Tunnel Outlet at Barangay Maamot, San Jose, Tarlac

NIA Engineers and Geologists conduct regular site inspection and monitoring of CRPIP..

Diversion Tunnel of CRPIP located in Pinukpuk, Kalinga

**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 loc. 113

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