1,585 farmers to benefit from P189.36-million rehabilitated Malatgao RIS

Friday, November 29, 2019 - 14:50

 

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, inaugurated the newly rehabilitated Malatgao River Irrigation System (Malatgao RIS) and turned over nine (9) units of Irrigators Association (IA) Building and two (2) units of combined IA offices and post-harvest facilities, on November 25, 2019 in the Municipalities of Narra and Aborlan, Palawan.

Cabinet Secretary and Chairman of NIA Board Karlo Alexei B. Nograles led the inauguration and turnover ceremony. Joining him were NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan, Deputy Chief of Mission (Japan Embassy) Yasushi Yamamoto, Agricultural Attache (Japan Embassy) Tetsuharo Mori, and Senior Representative Jin Hirosawa of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The irrigation system under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) is funded through a grant from JICA amounting to P189,363,679.42. The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 3,014.73 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipalities of Narra and Aborlan, benefitting 1,585 farmers and their families.

The rehabilitation works of Malatgao RIS involved three (3) diversion dams, 25.26 kilometers of concrete canal lining, 23.77 kilometers of gravel surfacing, 42 canal structures, one (1) drainage structure, 55 turnout structures, nine (9) IA office buildings, and two (2) IA offices with support facilities.

In his message, Cabinet Secretary Nograles emphasized the contribution of Malatgao RIS in the agriculture sector of the country: “To sustain the momentum (of the country’s agricultural growth), irrigation is key and the irrigation system like the one we are inaugurating today is part of government efforts to continue building on the progress we have made in the agriculture sector.”

Benefitting both farmers and consumers through Malatgao RIS, CabSec Nograles added: “We acknowledged that irrigation is one of the keys to improving farmers’ productivity which will redound to the benefit of both farmers and consumers - as increased productivity translates to lower production cost and greater profits, and lower prices for the consumers. With this project, we hope to boost per hectare productivity by 25 - 50% - improvements that will benefit 3,000 farmers and their families, and the thousands of Filipinos especially in Palawan who are dependent on rice.”

Nograles also thanked JICA for the continuous assistance of the government of Japan to the Philippines particularly in Palawan, “As long as the province of Palawan, JICA has lent its helping hand. Maraming salamat po!”

Among those who spearheaded the inauguration and turnover ceremony were NIA MIMAROPA Regional Manager William P. Ragodon, Palawan Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Manager Conrado V. Cardenas, Jr., NISRIP Project Manager Silvino C. Navarro, and Public Affairs and Information Manager Pilipina P. Bermudez.

NIA, as the lead government agency mandated to develop all possible sources of water for irrigation, remains committed to its mandate of providing reliable and sustainable irrigation services to our farmers through the construction of irrigation projects and rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems.

NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan (Middle Right) with Deputy Chief of Mission (Japan Embassy) Yasushi Yamamoto (Middle Left), Agricultural Attache (Japan Embassy) Tetsuharo Mori (Second from Left), JICA Senior Representative Jin Hirosawa (Second from Right), and other NIA officials during the Unveiling of the Marker on the Turnover Ceremony of P189.36-million Malatgao RIS

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

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