February 2017

Laviña keen to know sit’s on ground, takes no break even on weekend
8 Feb 2017 - 9:14am
NIA to generate more community-based works nationwide
14 Feb 2017 - 2:37pm

Laviña keen to know sit’s on ground, takes no break even on weekend

February 8, 2017, 9:14 AM


NIA Central Office, Quezon City – National Irrigation Administration chief Peter Tiu Laviña, who is currently embarking on field visitations on various NIA regional offices, believed that the best way to effectively support our Filipino farmers is to know their situations and problems ‘first-hand’.

Just recently, Administrator Laviña visited and inspected irrigation systems and facilities in Caraga Region, February 4-5. He also spent time talking to Irrigator Associations (IAs) both on communal and national irrigation systems.

“Our challenge as of the moment is how we can strengthen our IAs with the recently approved No Irrigation Service Fee (ISF) policy”, he said.

The Irrigation head assured each IAs that the agency (NIA) will continue to assist them through its Institutional Development Program (IDP). He even acknowledged the vital role of IAs for a peaceful and organized implementation of the policy (No ISF).

Started last month, Administrator Laviña visited Regions IX, CALABARZON, Negros Island, and 6. His objectives were clear; he wanted to educate and inform all NIA employees and officials about the direction of the agency thru his 4-point agenda, to personally listen to the problems of our farmers, and to inspect the physical conditions of irrigation systems and facilities.

“Sa suntok ng pagbabago, knock-out ang kahirapan, Let’s help each other and find solutions to all our constraints let us all be partners for change”, he stressed.

NIA to generate more community-based works nationwide

February 14, 2017, 2:37 PM


NIA, Quezon City - The National Irrigation Administration, on February 14, revealed that NIA is planning to increase its Community-Based Employment Program (CBEP) this year along with its thrust to build more irrigation projects nationwide.

Last year, the agency provided at least 66,340 employments where members of the local communities, where the project/s is being implemented, had their opportunity for an immediate employment.    

Irrigation works include mostly of repair and maintenance of existing irrigation systems, repair of groundwater pump irrigation systems, climate change adaptation, Coconet slope protection, improvement of services roads, etc.

NIA Corporate Planning Services Acting Manager Rogelia Dela Torre noted that the agency, last year, apportioned an estimated amount of Php 24.13 million for the said program. “Kasama dito sa program na ito both yung locally funded and foreign assisted projects natin” she added.

Among the locally-funded projects are Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation Project Phase (CMIPP) II in Nueva Ecija which provided at least 4,426 local jobs and Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project Phase (MMIP) II in North Cotabato which generated 5,300 community-based employments. The Jalaur River Multipurpose Project (JRMP) II in Iloilo, one of the foreign assisted projects, delivered at least 1,787 jobs. 

Started decades ago, the CBEP has been a regular component of NIA’s infrastructure program and included in its annual programs. The agency aims to continually provide labor-based methods particularly on small, rural-based projects to help the community as a whole.

The CBEP is among the priority programs which aim to contribute to the national goal of inclusive growth, poverty reduction and job creation, particularly in the countryside or the local community.

Under this program various government agencies enroll infrastructure and/or non-infrastructure projects that will provide temporary or immediate employment to skilled, semi-skilled, and low-skilled workers in the target community/ies where the project/s will be implemented.