NIA Central Office locks down for prevention and control of COVID-19

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 11:39

 

NIA Central Office - In light of recent developments, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) implements a lockdown considering that as of June 30, 2020, the Agency has recorded three confirmed cases of COVID-19, although the said employees are not reporting to work since June 11, 2020 and June 19, 2020.

For the period of July 01-07, 2020, NIA Central Office will adopt Work-from-Home Arrangement, while essential personnel will continue to report for work as necessary. Following this arrangement, for the period of July 08-14, 2020, NIA Central Office will implement a combination of Skeleton Workforce and Work-from-Home Arrangement.

After the recently reported COVID-19 case, NIA immediately adhered to the necessary protocols of subjecting all Central Office employees to Rapid Testing. All employees who underwent the first batch of test at Veterans Memorial Medical Center turned out to be negative. However, there were a number of employees who tested positive had to undergo further tests.

Meanwhile, disinfection of vehicles, buildings, and premises, and installation of office protective coverings were conducted to prevent and control the spread of the virus. Similarly, face shields, face masks, hygiene kits, and multivitamins for employees, and Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfecting Germicidal Sterilizer Light per office were provided by the Agency.

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. After all, the health and safety of employees are on the top priorities of the Agency.

For assistance and/or inquiries, you may contact:

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

NIA Conducts Ocular Inspection of Bustos Dam

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 12:11

 

NIA Region III – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, and the Provincial Government of Bulacan, headed by Governor Daniel R. Fernando, conducted an ocular inspection of Angat Afterbay Regulator Dam (Bustos Dam) located at Barangay Tibagan, Bustos, Bulacan on June 09, 2020 after the recently reported collapse of the Rubber Gate No. 5.

Upon site inspection, a meeting was held among the officials of NIA, Provincial Government of Bulacan, and ITP Construction, Inc. – Guangxi Hydroelectric Construction Bureau Co., Ltd. Consortium (Contractor) to discuss matters arising from the incident.

Since the replacement of the rubber bladder is part of the 20-year warranty period policy from 2017 to 2037, a cofferdam is now being constructed by the Contractor, without any cost to NIA, to ensure that irrigation will be provided and the farming activities of the farmers will not be hampered. Completion of the said cofferdam is due on July 15, 2020.

To further guarantee the integrity of the rubber bladder, a material testing will be undertaken by a third party contractor either in Singapore or Australia and will be carried out by July. All six rubber bladders of Bustos Dam were agreed to be replaced as permanent solution to its damages.

Administrator Visaya emphasized that even Bustos Dam is primarily used for irrigation purposes, the safety and security of the people living in the provinces is the top priority of the Agency.

Meanwhile, NIA Region 3 Manager Engr. Josephine B. Salazar reported in the meeting that 6,500 farmers in the South Sector not covered by irrigation service delivery in the last cropping season to pave way for water allocation on households in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be receiving a total of P15 million worth of subsidies and financial assistance from Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle) during the ocular inspection Angat Afterbay Regulator Dam (Bustom Dam) located at Barangay Tibagan, Bustos, Bulacan on June 09, 2020

 
Top view of the construction site at Bustos Dam

 

Ongoing installation of sheet files to be supported by sandbags at Bustos Dam to assure that irrigation requirement for the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga will be delivered

 

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

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Officer-in-Charge
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-3741

 

NIA Fast Tracks Rehabilitation of Bustos Dam

Monday, June 8, 2020 - 04:19

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has conducted an immediate site inspection and investigation of the reported damage on Rubber Bladder No. 5 of Angat Afterbay Regulator Dam (AARD) located at Barangay Tibagan, Bustos, Bulacan on May 13, 2020 after NIA Regional Office No. III sought technical assistance from NIA Central Office.

The action was taken as a result of a meeting called by Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik on May 12, 2020 via Zoom Application, which was attended by the concerned personnel from Engineering Department, Regional Office, and Bulacan-Aurora-Nueva Ecija Irrigation Management Office (BANE IMO).

During the meeting, it was discussed that the rubber materials have passed the testing conducted by Beijing Research and Development Institute (BRDI) on April 24-26, 2017, as requested by the Contractor, ITP Construction, Inc. – Guangxi Hydroelectric Construction Bureau Co., Ltd. Consortium. To ensure the conformity of materials with the NIA Technical specifications, the Agency conducted Pre-Delivery Inspection as part of the Quality Control Program for the Rehabilitation of AARD.

In addition, one of the agreements during the meeting was to immediately call the attention of the Contractor regarding the incident, where in the damaged rubber bladder shall be replaced by the contracting party as part of the 20-year warranty period policy from 2017 to 2037. NIA also instructed the Contractor to coordinate with the Regional Office to determine the best remedial measure to address the problem.

After a series of discussions, the Contractor and the NIA Regional Office No. III decided that a cofferdam shall be constructed by the Contractor, without any cost to NIA. This will serve as a temporary replacement of the Rubber Bladder at Bay No. 5 prior to the replacement of the damaged Rubber Bladder.

On May 22, 2020, Deputy Administrator Sulaik chaired a joint evaluation and discussion regarding the proposed cofferdam design with the technical personnel of the Regional Office and Engineering Department. As an outcome, the contractor committed to revise their proposal by incorporating NIA’s recommendations and submit the same in the soonest possible time. Similarly, it was agreed that the Contractor shall start immediately with mobilization and preparatory works, but will not proceed with the actual construction of the cofferdam until the final design plans are approved.

At present, the Contractor had already completed all preparatory works. Correspondingly, the Notice to Commence Work was issued to the Contractor after NIA Central Office approved the design plans from the Regional Office. It is noted that the design plans are critical and shall be evaluated thoroughly prior to the actual execution of the construction works.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya assured that NIA is doing its best to continuously deliver efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers despite the ongoing rehabilitation works and prevailing COVID-19 Pandemic Situation.

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

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Officer-in-Charge
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-3741

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