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NIA reaffirms that recent flooding in Cagayan Valley is not wholly attributed to Magat Dam

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 14:17


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) reaffirms that the recent flooding in Cagayan Valley is not wholly attributed to Magat Dam located in the Municipality of Ramon, Isabela.

During the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) in Luzon on November 11-12, 2020, Magat Dam was pinpointed as the culprit in the widespread flooding within the Cagayan Valley Region, especially, in Central Isabela and in the entire stretch of lower Cagayan River System down to Aparri, Cagayan. However, based on the Flood Bulletin No. 3 Cagayan River Basin of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Northern Luzon Regional Services Division, these areas were identified as low-lying and flood prone areas in the Region.

Cagayan River Basin is subdivided into three parts: Upper Cagayan River Basin (Ganano and Magat), Middle Cagayan River Basin (Siffu-Mallig, Pinacanauan Rivers of Ilagan, Tumaini, and San Pablo), and Lower Cagayan River Basin (Pinacanauan de Tuguegarao, Chico Pared, and Dummun).

Magat River Basin is only one of the 20 river systems within the Cagayan River Basin. Studies showed that Magat Dam contributes only 15% of the river basin’s total water storage capacity and 21% if the considered control point will be in Buntun Bridge, Tuguegarao City.

NIA Acquires P57.8-million Light and Transport Equipment

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 14:08


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) acquires 34 units of light and transport equipment worth P57.8 million for use in the monitoring and evaluation of the status of on-going construction and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) activities. The acquisition of light/transport equipment is in line with the Four-Point Agenda of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, particularly in instituting measures to improve the delivery of services, such as but not limited to, modernization of equipment for operations and project implementation.

In a simple turnover ceremony on December 22, 2020 at the NIA Grounds, the light and transport equipment was turned over by the winning bidder, CT Citimotors, to NIA Top Management witnessed by Central Office Department Managers and employees.

 The purchase of light/transport and heavy equipment is part of the three-year re-fleeting program of the Agency from CY 2017. 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 were set for procurement in 2019.

1,795 farmers to benefit from P115.686-million rehabilitated Dumacaa RIS

Friday, December 18, 2020 - 11:43


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, inaugurated the newly rehabilitated Dumacaa River Irrigation System (Dumacaa RIS) and turned over one (1) unit of Irrigators Association (IA) Building and three (3) units of combined IA offices and post-harvest/support facilities, on December 10, 2020 in the Municipality of Pagbilao and the Cities of Tayabas and Lucena in Quezon Province.

Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin of NIA led the inauguration and turnover ceremony. Joining him were Minister of Economic Affairs Masahiro Nakata of the Embassy of Japan and Chief Representative Eigo Azukizawa of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Cabinet Secretary and Chairman of NIA Board Karlo Alexei B. Nograles sent his video message which was played during the program. Mayor Ernida Reynoso of Tayabas City was also present during the ribbon cutting and unveiling of the Dumacaa RIS at the Alsam Dam.

The irrigation system under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) is funded through JICA amounting to P115,686,140.20. The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 1,839 hectares of agricultural land in Pagbilao town and the cities of Tayabas and Lucena, benefitting 1,585 farmers and their families.

NIA conducts immediate repair of damaged connecting pins of Macañao sluice gates

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 18:38


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) immediately conducted a repair of the damaged connecting pins of the Macañao sluice gates caused by heavy Monsoon rains on November 27-28, 2020 at Namnama, Cabatuan, Isabela.

Macañao Checkgate is a water reuse irrigation structure irrigating around 4,882 hectares of agricultural land within the municipalities of Cabatuan, Luna, Reina Mercedes, Naguilian, and part of Cauayan City in the Province of Isabela. The irrigation structure has eight rectangular sluice gates which can be opened or adjusted to meet the irrigation requirement of its covered area. However, due to inclement weather conditions, the Macañao, Gaddanan, and Florida Creeks, together with five other drainages from San Mateo and Alicia, Isabela, had overflowed which contributed to the increase in the water volume at Macañao Checkgate. It prompted NIA Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MARIIS) Division IV, which has jurisdiction over the Macañao Checkgate, to reopen the sluice gates with the assistance of the gatekeeper, barangay officials, and barangay tanods of Namnama.