NIA adopts diversified cropping in irrigation systems

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 10:59

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) initiates the adoption of Diversified Cropping in National and Communal Irrigation Systems (NISs/CISS) to lessen the effects of Global Warming and Climate Change in the agricultural sector, effective Dry Season of CY 2020 through the issuance of NIA Memorandum Circular No. 63, s. 2019.

In this regard, NIA, at any given time, shall ensure the continuous and bountiful harvest and that interventions, whether technical or procedural, be adopted to mitigate or lessen the effects of Climate Change, particularly, in the supply of irrigation water. Hence, the adoption of this procedural intervention, the Diversification of Crops, is deemed vital in securing the profitability of our Filipino farmers.

The memorandum also enumerated the factors that must be considered in crop selection. These include the suitability to present soil condition, such as soil texture, soil pH or acidity, and soil fertility, the adaptability to existing climate condition in the area, such as temperature level, rainfall, intensity of light/yield, and day length, the high productivity potential and high tolerance to pests and diseases, the knowledge in cultural/cultivation requirements, crop profitability, and the availability of market for farm produce.

Crop diversification provides numerous agricultural and economic benefits to the farmers. Aside from improving and breeding new crop varieties, crop diversification enhances the resistance of plants to various weather conditions. Moreover, it will increase crop portfolio, so that farmers would not be dependent on a single crop to generate their income. When farmers only cultivate one type of crop, they are exposed to high risks of unforeseen climate events that could severely impact agricultural production. Thus, the introduction of a greater range of crop varieties will increase natural biodiversity, strengthen agro-ecosystem, reduce risk of total crop failures, and provide farmers with alternative source of income.

The cropping calendar for Type I, Type II, Type III, and Type IV climate-resilient crops is also provided in the memorandum for adoption to all NIA regional offices. The NIA Operations Department – Irrigation Engineering Center (IEC) will be monitoring the submission of Monthly Diversified Cropping Report, as well as the provision of assistance that is relative to this.

NIA remains committed to provide vital contribution to the socio-economic growth and agricultural development of the country through adoption of modern and innovative farming practices for the benefit of the Filipino farmers and of the nation.

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:
PILIPINA P. BERMUDEZ
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: vparamio@yahoo.com
Mobile: 0995 251 7847
Landline: (02) 921-3741

 

NIA and DENR sign MOA for watershed management

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 10:47

 

Diliman, Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), represented by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), represented by Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the purpose of effective management and development of the 143 watersheds supporting the National Irrigation Systems (NISs) in the Philippines on August 05, 2019 at the DENR Central Office.

By the virtue of the DENR Memorandum Circular (DMC) No. 2008-05, the guidelines in the preparation of Integrated Watershed Management Plans (IWMP) and programs of all watersheds in the country, regardless of their classification, size, use, and administrative jurisdiction, was issued. In this regard, there is a need to establish and delineate the respective responsibilities of the DENR and NIA over watersheds and reservations, for purposes of effective management and development of programs and projects toward the sustainable existence of irrigation systems within the said areas. Similarly, the concept of Watershed Ecosystem Management (WEM) from ridge to reef approach, including vulnerability assessment, must be harmonized and adopted.

The MOA provides that in coordination with DENR and Forest Management Bureau (FMB), NIA shall identify and recommend priority watersheds and reservations supporting irrigation projects which require immediate rehabilitation and development. In collaboration with the DENR and other concerned agencies and instrumentalities, NIA shall also secure appropriate environment clearances and permits from the DENR/field offices as necessary for the protection of watersheds and reservations.

Moreover, the Agency shall recommend qualified NIA field personnel to be deputized by the DENR as Environment and Natural Resources Officers, in accordance with the existing forestry laws, rules, and regulations. In this regard, NIA shall assist the DENR in the preparation of IWMP and programs related to the management, protection, development, and rehabilitation of such watersheds and reservations.

The MOA also provides that the DENR and NIA shall have joint undertakings in enforcing forestry laws, conducting census management, controlling watershed communities, and sharing available watershed information that would enhance watershed capabilities of all parties. In coordination with other concerned agencies and institutions, the information, education, and communication (IEC) campaigns, studies, and Research and Development (R&D) on watershed technology generation and application must be conducted.  Correspondingly, the mechanism for sourcing of funds from international and local funding institutions for the development and rehabilitation, including maintenance of identified priority watersheds and reservations.

NIA, as the lead government agency primarily responsible for the development and management of irrigation throughout the country, remains committed in conserving the environment through efficient management of irrigation systems to where watersheds and reservations lie.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle Left) and DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on watershed management at DENR Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City, together with some NIA and DENR staff and personnel.

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

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

NIA kicks off P775-million Macalelon SRIP construction

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 15:43

 

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, conducted the Groundbreaking and Capsule-Laying Ceremony of the P775-million Macalelon Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Macalelon SRIP) on July 29, 2019 at Barangay Vista Hermoza, Macalelon, Quezon. This signifies the official start of the said multi-million irrigation project.

Macalelon SRIP aims to enhance the agricultural productivity of the Municipality of Macalelon, to create more employment opportunities, and to improve the living environment of the locals. The project includes the construction of a 22.5-meter high zoned-earthfill embankment dam and its appurtenant structures with active storage capacity of 3.504 million cubic meters, as well as irrigation, drainage, and project facilities, conduct of detailed engineering/pre-construction activities, institutional development programs, Right-of-Way (ROW) acquisitions, and resettlement of project-affected families.

Upon completion, the project is expected to provide a reliable and timely irrigation water supply to 830 hectares of agricultural lands in 12 barangays of Macalelon and Lopez, Quezon. This will provide a beneficial impact on the livelihood of 700 farmer-beneficiaries. Furthermore, the project also entails numerous incidental benefits, such as flood control, aqua-culture, agro-tourism, hydroelectric and solar power generation, and watershed management. Indeed, a great economic game-changer in the Province of Quezon and a milestone in the Philippine agricultural sector.

Even though the construction of Macalelon SRIP will adversely affect/submerge about 99 hectares of timber/coconut land at the reservoir and dam area, and 75 hectares for canal and appurtenant structures, but the well-being of the project-affected families serves as one of the top priorities of NIA. Relocation sites were identified and initially, 87 families will be relocated from two barangays of Macalelon and one barangay in Lopez, Quezon. The Agency commits to protect the general welfare of the farmers and other stakeholders.

In his message, Administrator Visaya said, "Through the years, we see how irrigation brings significant changes to the lives of Filipino farmers and to the community where they reside. Ngayon, gusto ko rin pong makita ang pagbabagong ito dito sa Macalelon at Sta. Elena, maging sa mga karatig-pook… Nagpapasalamat ako lalung-lalo na sa ating project-affected families na naging supportive at cooperative upang masimulan ang project na ito kahit na wala silang mapapatubigan na palayan.”

The ceremonial groundbreaking and capsule-laying of the project were witnessed by Mr. Roger Panganiban, the Executive Assistant to the Municipal Mayor of Macalelon, some National and Local Government officials, project beneficiaries, project-affected families, and NIA employees.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (4-L) led the Capsule-Laying Ceremony of the P775-million Macalelon Small Reservoir Irrigation Project on July 29, 2019 at Barangay Vista Hermoza, Macalelon, Quezon, together with Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan (3-L), Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez (Middle), and some National and Local Government officials, and Macalelon IA President.

**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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