NIA inks 5 project contracts

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 14:29

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), represented by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, signed five Contract Agreements with the project contractors on January 14, 2020 at the Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A.

These projects include 1) P322.83-million Ibato-Iraan Earthfill Dam located in Aborlan, Palawan represented by Green Asia Construction and Development Corporation Authorized Representative Renato M. Legaspi, Jr., 2) P455.84-million Alfonso Lista Pump Irrigation Project in the Province of Ifugao represented by Tokwing Construction Corporation / ASC Construction and Concrete Products (Joint Venture) Managing Officer Abraham S. Collado, 3) P333.37-million Sulvec Earthfill Dam in the Municipality of Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte represented by R.D. Interior Junior Construction General Manager  Ricardo D. Interior, Jr., 4) P832.97-million Balbalungao Earthfill Dam in Lupao, Nueva Ecija represented by P.L. Sebastian Construction, Inc. / R.D. Interior Junior Construction General Manager Ricardo D. Interior, Jr., and 5) P45.5-million heavy equipment represented by Civic Merchandising, Inc. Machine Sales Engineer Aubrey Fe C. Bartolata.

Ibato-Iraan Zone Earthfill Dam has 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 Rivers. Once completed, it will be considered as the biggest irrigation project in Palawan which will benefit 425 farmers and their families.

On the other hand, Alfonso Lista Pump Irrigation Project (ALPIP) is a multi-year locally-funded irrigation project which aims to provide substantial and timely water supply for irrigation to agricultural lands in three barangays of Alfonso Lista, Ifugao. The project, whose water sources come from the Magat Reservoir, is expected to irrigate around 2,300 hectares of agricultural lands in the area, benefitting 2800 farmers and their families.

Meanwhile, Sulvec Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Sulvec SRIP) with a service area of 900 hectares covers nine barangays in Pasuquin, namely, Caruan, Estancia, Nagsanga, Nalvo, Salpad, Pragata, Sulbec, Sulungan, and Susugaen, benefitting 792 farmers and their families.

Similarly, Balbalungao SRIP with a service area of 840 hectares aims to provide sustainable development in the rural area by improving agricultural productivity in support to the agricultural program of the government. The project will utilize the water resources from the Balbalungao River through the construction of 27-meter high embankment dam, canal network and appurtenant structures, and the rehabilitation of the existing dam of San Isidro Communal Irrigation System (San Isidro CIS), envisioned to eventually function as a regulator dam.

Lastly, the contract agreement for the acquisition of P45.5-million worth of heavy equipment (8 units of wheeled loader) is part of the Agency’s Three-Year Re-fleeting Program from CY 2017 to 2019. For CY 2017, NIA purchased 34 units of light/transport vehicles and 17 units of heavy equipment. For CY 2018, NIA acquired 91 units of light/transport vehicles and 18 units of heavy equipment. Meanwhile, five units of heavy equipment and 91 units of light/transport vehicles are set for procurement in 2019.

The contract signing is witnessed by the NIA Top Management Officials and the executives of the contracting industries.

The NIA Management exercises its utmost diligence to complete the Agency’s irrigation projects on time and to resolve the issues/problems in the project implementation.

 

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle) with Green Asia Construction and Development Corporation Authorized Representative Renato M. Legaspi, Jr. (2-Right), NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B Bagasin (Outermost Left), Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan (2-Left), and Green Asia executive during the contract signing for the construction of the P322.83-million Ibato-Iraan Earthfill Dam at the Administrator’s Conference Room, NIA Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle Right) with Tokwing Construction Corporation / ASC Construction and Concrete Products (Joint Venture) Managing Officer Abraham S. Collado (2-Right), other NIA Top Management Officials during the contract signing for the construction of the P455.84-million Alfonso Lista Pump Irrigation Project at the Administrator’s Conference Room, NIA Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle) with R.D. Interior Junior Construction General Manager Ricardo D. Interior, Jr. (3-Right), other NIA Top Management Officials, and industry executives during the contract signing for the construction of the P333.37-million Sulvec Earthfill Dam at the Administrator’s Conference Room, NIA Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle) with the industry executives and other NIA Top Management Officials during the contract signing for the construction of the P832.97-million Balbalungao Earthfill Dam at the Administrator’s Conference Room, NIA Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City

NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan (Middle) with Civic Merchandising, Inc. Machine Sales Engineer Aubrey Fe C. Bartolata (2-Right), other NIA Top Management Officials, and Civic Merchandising executive during the contract signing for the acquisition of P45.5 million worth of heavy equipment as part of the Agency’s Three-Year Re-fleeting Program from CY 2017 to 2019

 

**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 acquires heavy equipment and vehicles through First Gen

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 14:58

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) acquired heavy equipment, service vehicles, and portable current flow meter through First Gen Hydropower Corporation for use in the construction and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) activities of irrigation projects under NIA Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (NIA UPRIIS) located in Cabanatuan City, Isabela.

In a simple turnover ceremony on December 13, 2019 at the NIA Grounds, the heavy equipment, service vehicles, and portable current flow meter were turned over by First Gen Vice President Dennis Gonzales to the NIA Top Management Officials headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya. The activity is witnessed by other Central NIA Top Management Officials, Central Office Department Managers, and employees.

The acquisition of light/transport and heavy equipment, and portable current flow meter is part of Administrator Visaya’s Four-Point Agenda, particularly, in instituting measures to improve the delivery of services, such as but not limited to modernization of equipment for operations and maintenance. The portable current flow meter is a useful instrument to measure the volume of water discharged to the irrigation canals.

In addition, the activity is also in line with the three-year re-fleeting program of the Agency from CY 2017 to 2019. For CY 2017, NIA purchased 34 units of light/transport vehicles and 17 units of heavy equipment. For CY 2018, NIA acquired 91 units of light/transport vehicles and 18 units of heavy equipment. Meanwhile, five units of heavy equipment and 91 units of light/transport vehicles are set for procurement this 2019.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (Middle Right) with Mr. Dennis Gonzales (5-L), Vice President of First Gen Hydropower Corporation, NIA Top Management Officials, and other First Gen executives during the Ceremonial Turnover of the Heavy Equipment, Service Vehicles, and portable Current Flow Meter on December 13, 2019 at the NIA Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya delivers his Acceptance Message during the Ceremonial Turnover of the Heavy Equipment, Service Vehicles, and portable Current Flow Meter.

 

**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 UPDATES ON COA REPORT

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 09:53

 

“NIA INCURRED DELAYS ON 299 PROJECTS COSTING P20.704 B”, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported in its Annual Audit Report for the Years ended December 31, 2017 and 2018. This is the report which catched the limelight few months ago.

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) on its part conducted a thorough assessment of the projects mentioned in the report. It was found out that the 299 projects are actually 293 contract packages representing 134 projects. This means that there are projects with several contract packages.  Reasons for the delay were included in the report, such as unfavorable weather condition and delayed released of funds, which usually coincides with cropping season that virtually put a stop to construction especially in existing irrigation systems.

The Office of Senator Ralph G. Recto was furnished a copy of the report, the Presidential Management Staff, the COA, as well as the media.

As an update on the status, as of November 15, 2019, 257 contract packages were completed, 11 ongoing, 1 suspended, 5 mutually terminated, and 11 blacklisted. Likewise, upon further evaluation, 2 contract packages were counted twice, hence, the 293 should instead be 292 contract packages.

Of the 257 completed, 16 incurred liquidated damages (LD); of the 11 ongoing, 7 incurred LD, while those terminated and blacklisted were either repackaged and therefore rebid and/or undertaken thru Force Account works. In both cases, further delay in the completion of these contract packages is expected. The 23 contract packages were meted with LD in the amount of P193,510,253.18. 

It is informed that there are multi-year big ticket projects included in the report.  Please take note that these kinds of projects cannot be completed in a year’s time but rather 3 to 5 years, at most.  Example of this is the Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project (BBMP).  The BBMP is one of the projects started by then President Cory Aquino but which did not gain grounds due to reasons beyond NIA’s control. 

NIA Administrator Retired General Ricardo R Visaya assured the general public especially the farmers who are beneficiaries of these irrigation projects that NIA will fast track completion of the aforesaid contract packages, however with the exception of big multi-year projects as well as those terminated/blacklisted since it will undergo the same procurement process. #

 

**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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