NIA, First Gen to develop hydro power at Aya Dam

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 14:00

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), represented by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, and First Hydro Power Corporation, represented by Vice President Dennis Michael P. Gonzales, signed on October 08, 2019 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop a hydroelectric power project at the Aya Dam located in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija.

In line with this, First Gen has requested NIA’s permission to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study of the project, including but not limited to, legal, economic, social, financial, and technical viability, to which NIA has permitted the former to conduct the same.

The MOU will complement with the existing Pantabangan-Masiway Hydroeletric Power Plant through an acceptable scheme under existing laws, such as the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 (Republic Act No. 9513), among others.

The MOU signing was witnessed by NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan and other First Gen executives at the Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (2-Left) and First Gen Vice President Dennis Michael P. Gonzales (Middle) during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop a hydroelectric power project at the Aya Dam in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija on October 08, 2019 at the Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A, witnessed by NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan (Outermost Left) and other First Gen executives.

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

PILIPINA P. BERMUDEZ, CESE
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: vparamio@yahoo.com
Mobile: 0995 251 7847
Landline: 921-3741

NIA CHICO RIVER PROJECT AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 11:44

 

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) ensures timely and efficient implementation of the P4.37-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP) in Pinukpuk, Kalinga which broke ground on August 08, 2018. As of July 31, 2019, the CRPIP Project Management Office reported an actual project accomplishment of 30.59 percent against the target of 23.48 percent, thereby posting a 7.11 percent ahead of the overall schedule.

Congruently, NIA guaranteed that construction works are all being implemented ahead of the target schedule. To realize this objective, the project contractor, China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd., recently engaged the expertise of Chinese professionals, including engineers, management personnel, and highly-skilled equipment operators who were all granted working visas by the Philippine Government. The said experts are extremely necessary in the performance of highly-technical work functions, such as the construction of the tunnel and pumping station, which completion is set before the end of this year. So far, the project is ahead of schedule due to their effort and efficiency.

At present, CRPIP has 347 Filipino workers, mostly hired from the area. The collaboration of the Filipino workers with the Chinese experts is envisioned to complete the construction work in a shorter period of time and in a more efficient manner.

NIA and CAMCE assure that all legal requirements of the projects are strictly observed and followed. To date, CAMCE had already secured the “alien working permits” for those Chinese experts.

Upon completion, 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.

The project includes the construction of Pump House, Transmission Line, Diversion Main Canal, Lateral Canals, Appurtenant Structures, Service/Access Road, and Terminal Facilities. It aims to provide substantial and timely water supply for irrigation in support to the agricultural development thrust of the Government.

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

PILIPINA P. BERMUDEZ, CESE
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: vparamio@yahoo.com
Mobile: 0995 251 7847
Landline: 921-3741

NIA TO REBID IRRIGATION PROJECT IN PALAWAN THIS SEPTEMBER

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 10:39

 

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) will rebid the P326-million irrigation project in Aborlan, Palawan this September 2019 according to NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya. This is the Ibato-Iraan Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP).

The said project is a zone earthfill dam with a reservoir storage capacity of 2.388 MCM which will irrigate about 860 hectares of farmlands in the four barangays of Sagpangan, Ibato, Iraan and Maligaya. The source of water will come from Ibato and Iraan River.

Once completed, this will be considered as the biggest irrigation project in Palawan which will benefit around 425 farmer beneficiaries of the four barangays.

Ibato-Iraan SRIP was awarded by NIA Central Office to Oscar R. Sarmiento Const. Inc. (ORSCI) with contract amount of P454 million and the Notice to Proceed was on April 2, 2014. The contract duration is 1,195 calendar days.

However, Right-Of-Way Problem (materials in designated borrow area can’t be extracted without Free and Prior Informed Consent) arose during the implementation of the project which resulted to delays and negative slippages. Upon thorough evaluation of NIA technical personnel, Administrator Visaya instructed the termination of the Ibato-Iraan SRIP effective December 5, 2018.

Final inventory and evaluation of the project accomplishment was conducted in early 2019 to determine the remaining works to be done.

On September 2, 2019, Administrator Visaya personally clarified the issue broadcasted by Radyo Bandera on the delayed implementation of Ibato-Iraan SRIP.

“Please be informed that I have caused the termination of this project with corresponding Liquidated Damages and blacklisting of the concerned construction company”, said Administrator Visaya.

The Administrator further said that, “This will be rebidded this month with the remaining budget. On my watch, I will assure you that erring contractors will be penalized and will pay the damages they owe to the government.”

The NIA Management will exercise its utmost diligence to complete the project on time and to resolve the issues/problems in the project implementation.

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