NIA acquires P64.599-M heavy equipment

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 17:57

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) acquires 18 units of heavy equipment (dump trucks) worth P64.599 million for use in the construction and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) activities of irrigation projects nationwide. The purchase of light/transport and heavy equipment constitutes the three-year re-fleeting program of the Agency from CY 2017 to 2019.

In a simple turnover ceremony on August 14, 2019 at the NIA Grounds, the procured heavy equipment is turned over by the winning bidder, Civic Merchandising, Inc., to the NIA Top Management Officials headed by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya and witnessed by Central Office Department Managers and employees.

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) and NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B Bagasin (Left) receives the symbolic key of 18 units of heavy equipment from the Vice President for Trucks of Civic Merchandising, Inc., Jose A. Teh (Right), during the Ceremonial Turnover of P64.599-million heavy equipment on August 14, 2019 at the NIA Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City as part of the Agency’s Three-Year Re-fleeting Program.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya delivers his Acceptance Message during the Ceremonial Turnover of P64.599-million heavy equipment from CMI to NIA.

**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: (02) 921-3741

NIA issues corrective actions for delayed projects

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 17:41

 

NIA Central Office – NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya’s fundamental pillar of governance is to improve the delivery of irrigation services in operations and project implementation. To ensure the attainment of these services, Administrator Visaya issued several memoranda. One of which is the Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 40, series of 2017, and likewise enforcing MC No. 10, series of 2017.

MC No. 40, s. 2017, provides that when negative slippage of 5% (Early Warning Stage), the contractor shall be given a warning and required to submit a detailed “catch-up” program on a fortnightly (two weeks) basis to eliminate the slippage. On the other hand, if negative slippage of 10% is incurred (ICU Stage), the contractor shall be issued a final warning and required to come up with a more detailed program of activities with weekly physical targets, together with the required input resources. Meanwhile, if the negative slippage reaches 15% or more (Terminal Stage), the implementing offices shall initiate the termination of the contract and/or take-over of the remaining work by administration or assignment to another contractor/appropriate agency.

On the other hand, MC No. 10, s. 2017, provides that Contractors with a negative slippage of at least 15% in any one NIA contract or a negative slippage of at least 10% in each two or more NIA contracts at the time of advertisement or posting in the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS)/NIA websites of the Invitation to Bid shall not be allowed to participate in the procurement of the Agency. The concerned Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) shall be responsible in verifying the actual performance of prospective bidders prior to issuance of bid documents.

Administrator Visaya always warns the field managers to avoid delays in project implementation because any delay in project implementation would mean depriving the Filipino farmers of the irrigation service and benefits that they deserve. The said circumstance is definitely an injustice to the farmer-beneficiaries. Field managers are issued warning for not complying to his directives or, at times, relieved from their station if warranted.

**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 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

 

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