December 2016

Laviña accepts irrigation leadership, outlines priorities
20 Dec 2016 - 2:53pm
AU, CHN diplomats pay courtesy call to new NIA Chief
23 Dec 2016 - 12:45pm
PIDP extension gets ICC-CABCOM approval
28 Dec 2016 - 2:11pm
NIA assesses damaged irrigation facilities
28 Dec 2016 - 2:18pm


Laviña accepts irrigation leadership, outlines priorities

December 20, 2016, 2:53 PM



NIA Quezon, City – The newly installed NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña vowed to fulfill government promise on Free Irrigation during the turnover ceremony held at NIA Grounds Central office, December 14.  

Administrator Laviña was warmly welcome by the NIA employees and officials as he delivered future plans and priorities for the agency.

Days prior to the ceremony, the new Administrator took his oath as NIA Board Member in Malacañang on December 6, 2016 with NIA Board Chairman Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. The latter also issued a nomination for Administrator Laviña as NIA Administrator and Vice Chairman of the NIA Board which was formalized yesterday during NIA Board Meeting in Malacañang.

Eager to work, he visited some NIA irrigation systems and Regional offices including Pantabangan Dam part of NIA's Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (UPRIIS) in Nueva Ecija, Bustos Dam in NIA Region 3, San Rafael Bulacan and Siluay River Irrigation System in NIA Region XII, General Santos City. He said that the early field visits gave him glimpse on the things needs to be done in irrigation sector.

He emphasized the four priorities that he wanted to focus on during his term.  These priorities include the implementation of free Irrigation Service Fees, construction of more irrigation systems and projects, attainment of food self-sufficiency by making the best use of the irrigation systems and utilizing water resources for hydropower to increase NIA’s sources of income.

He added “In the next few months, we will improve our plans and programs to find the right strategy that can get the most out of both our human and material resources for the benefit of our farmers”.

Administrator Laviña further noted that he will ask the NIA management to conduct an institutional evaluation for new policy directions and review of all personnel, programs, and projects of the agency. 

He also met several NIA officials, groups/associations, and other government agencies to build foundation for a healthy and smooth working environment. 

“I would like to better serve our farmers, lift them out of poverty and raise their living standards” he added.


AU, CHN diplomats pay courtesy call to new NIA Chief

December 23, 2016, 12:45 PM


(L) NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña meets (R) Commercial Counselor Jin Yuan from the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines.

National Irrigation Administration, Quezon City – Commercial Counselor Jin Yuan from the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines and Counselor Paul Hutchcroft from Australian Embassy in the Philippines, on separate time, met NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña at NIA Conference Room Quezon City, December 22.

Administrator Laviña was overwhelmed with the unprecedented visit of the two high ranking diplomats. The diplomats talked about the smooth future cooperation between their respective countries and the Philippines in the field of agriculture and irrigation.

NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña talks future cooperation with (R) Counselor Paul Hutchcroft of Australian Embassy.

They expressed their interest in supporting and helping the agency on upcoming irrigation projects that NIA will undertake in the coming years.

With high hopes, Admin Laviña said that the agency is open and will cooperate firmly to those who want to partner with NIA for better and sustainable irrigation systems all throughout the country.

In one of his interviews, he said that the government is very open with the support coming from the other countries “Ang magandang balita dahil ang bagong Presidente natin ay tumatanggap ng suporta, marami tayo ngayon na natatanggap na expression of support na talagang malaki ang maitutulong sa pagkamit natin ng ating target” he added.

PIDP extension gets ICC-CABCOM approval

December 28, 2016, 2:11 PM


NIA Central Office, Quezon City – A letter from National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Investment Coordination Committee – Cabinet Committee (ICC-CABCOM) to National Irrigation Administration, on December 21, approved the requested ad referendum for Participatory Irrigation Development Project (PIDP). 

Approved requests include; (1) one-year and six months loan extension from February 27, 2017 to August 31, 2018, (2) reallocation of loan proceeds  amounting to USD 8.414 million, (3) increase in loan financing percentage for civil works from 72% to 100% and consulting services from 68% to 100%, (4) and revision in the results framework and appraisal document.

NEDA Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia noted that the approval is critical given that PIDP significantly contributes to the delivery of NIA’s outcomes in terms of construction and restoration of irrigation facilities.

“PIDP also supports the attainment of NIA’s performance targets thru project financing that need urgent confirmation”, he added.

NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña welcomes the favorable decision of the committee. “Rest assured that NIA under my administration will provide necessary services and assistance within our mandate to respond to the needs of our farmers”, he said

PIDP is a CO-based Project Management Office (PMO) under NIA which aims to improve irrigation service delivery on a financially and technically sustainable basis that will contribute to increased agricultural production and productivity among beneficiary farmers in irrigated areas.

NIA assesses damaged irrigation facilities

December 28, 2016, 2:18 PM


(R) NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña listened to the incoming initial reports on damaged irrigation facilities in areas hit by Typhoon Nina. (Left) NIA OIC-Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Engr. Lydia S. Esguerra together with (2nd to the Left) NIA Operations Manager Engr. Romeo M. Lopez handed and discussed the reports to NIA chief, on December 27, at NIA Administrator’s Office.

National Irrigation Administration – NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña headed the preliminary assessments of the initial reports coming from the regional irrigation offices affected by the recent Typhoon Nina at NIA central Office, December 27. 

According to the consolidated report, regions 4A, 4B, and 5 were the areas severely affected by the typhoon. As of yesterday, the damages caused by ‘Nina’ amounted to P25.14 million for crops and P49 million for infrastructure.

Operations Department Manager Engr. Romeo M. Lopez said the initial report showed that about 3,540 hectares of lands and 3,818 farmers from 4A, 4B, and 5 were affected. Some of the damages in irrigation facilities include; counterfort, diversion works, canal lining, river embankment, protection works, etc.

“We are still waiting for further reports about the damages caused by ‘Nina’” said OIC- Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Engr. Lydia S. Esguerra.

Administrator Laviña immediately requested assistance and consideration from National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in providing funds for the immediate repair and restoration of damaged facilities.

“As these amounts are just partial assessment damages, we expect them to increase as we continue to receive reports from our field offices”, he added.