March 2020

2 Mar 2020 - 3:16pm
6 Mar 2020 - 9:52am
NIA signs 5 MOU with hydropower developers
6 Mar 2020 - 10:07am

NIA and PAGASA to install Telemetered Rainfall and Water Level Gauging Station Bubunawan Irrigation Intake Facility

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 15:16

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), represented by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), represented by Administrator Vicente B. Malano, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the installation and operation of Telemetered Rainfall and Water Level Gauging Station in the vicinity of NIA Bubunawan Irrigation Intake Facility located at Purok 8, Sitio Nangkaon, Barangay Salimbalan, Baungon, Bukidnon. The activity was held on February 26, 2020 at the NIA Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A.

The MOA signing aims to install/operate the Station, construct access road, and install peripherals and perimeter fence in the vicinity to effectively monitor the hydrological condition of the Cagayan de Oro River Basin. There is a need to install automatic rainfall and water level gauging equipment and construct repeater/relay towers to enable the speedy transmission of hydrological data to the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (CDORBFFWC) and the Main Operation Center of the Hydrometeorology Division (HMD) as an advance information of the mainstream areas, as well as the response of the river system to the rainfall intensity. Thus, effectively carrying out flood forecasting and warning activities.

Under the memorandum, PAGASA agreed to make all necessary representations to the concerned authorities regarding the funds that will be utilized for the construction of the station, construct the housing and install monitoring equipment necessary for the operation of the Station, provide access to observed data as part of public domain, and ensure that the construction and operation of the Station will not result in any damage to environment, community, and to the NIA Bubunawan Irrigation Intake Facilities.

All undertakings provided in the memorandum will have no cost to NIA. PAGASA will bear all costs to be incurred in the establishment and installation of the equipment and other appurtenant facilities, as well as in the overall operation and maintenance of the Station.

The activity is part of the national government’s endeavor to reduce the negative impacts of flooding through the establishment of early warning system for all of the major river basins in the Philippines.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle Left) and PAGASA Administrator Vicente B. Malano, together with NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B Bagasin (Outermost Left), during the MOA Signing for the installation and operation of Telemetered Rainfall and Water Level Gauging Station in the vicinity of NIA Bubunawan Irrigation Intake Facility on February 26, 2020 at the NIA Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Officer-in-Charge
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
 

NIA conducts validation and investigation of Nangalisan CIS

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 09:52

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) conducted a thorough validation, investigation, and coordination meeting on February 17-20, 2020 at the NIA Cordillera Administrative Region – Benguet Satellite Office to address the issues that were recently raised against Nangalisan Communal Irrigation System (Nangalisan CIS) and restore the flow of irrigation water up to all the reservoir tanks irrigation system.

Located at Barangay Nangalisan, Municipality of Tuba, Benguet, Nangalisan CIS was implemented in two phases. The first phase was funded under the Repair, Rehabilitation, and Restoration of Existing Communal Irrigation Systems (RRRECIS) Fund 2017, while the second phase was under Extension and Expansion (EEECIS) Fund 2017, which were completed in March and July 2018, respectively.

The project was completed in July 2018 after test-run was conducted with the irrigation water reaching up to the ninth reservoir tank. However, when Typhoon Ompong ravaged the region in September 2018, portion of the mainline of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipes were carried away by strong currents which made the system non-operational. Meanwhile, the contractor of the project made remedies by installing four smaller parallel pipelines at the source which restored flow of the irrigation water from the first to the eighth reservoir tank.

Upon validation and investigation, illegal turnouts were found. Instead of tapping irrigation water from the designed distribution pipes/turnouts, 12 individual pipelines along the main pipeline were illegally tapped. Similarly, there were damages inflicted intentionally by unknown individuals through hacking of pipelines by bolo. These lead to decrease in the flow of irrigation water which can no longer supply/reach Tanks 5 to 9.

In order to address the issues, NIA Benguet Satellite Office has undertaken immediate repair works which include the installation of 4” diameter HDPE pipes at the source on December 26-28, 2019 to restore the 78-meter damaged pipe near the intake, provision of Permanent Column Support along hanging pipelines from January to February 10, 2020, and embedding of some pipes to prevent illegal tapping.

Moreover, coordination meetings between NIA and the affected farmers resulted to the preparation of detailed design and program of works (POW), issuance of the demand letter to illegal tappers to remove illegally tapped personal pipelines by the legal officer/retainer. To prevent illegal tapping, pipes for use as lateral delivery pipelines by farmer-beneficiaries have been already delivered on February 29, 2020 for installation. In addition, NIA, in agreement with the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Nangalisan, instructed the Nangalisan Irrigators’ Association to maintain and take care of the system.

Nangalisan CIS, whose water source comes from Irisan River, supplies nine reservoir tanks to irrigate a total of 64.25 hectares of agricultural land in the area, benefitting 98 farmers and their families.

NIA welcomes concerns, feedbacks, and/or suggestion from its stakeholders for the improvement of government service delivery and transparency in governance.

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Officer-in-Charge
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-3741

NIA signs 5 MOU with hydropower developers

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 10:07

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) signed five Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with hydropower developers on February 28, 2020 at the NIA Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A.

The signing of three MOU between NIA, represented by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, and Renewable Development for Sustainable Growth (RDSG) Corporation, represented by President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ruben B. Sumagang, aims to pursue the development of three mini hydroelectric power plants on three areas: 1) Mal River Irrigation System (Mal RIS) Canal Stations +220m, + 203m, and +171 m located in Matanao, Davao Del Sur, 2) Andanan River Irrigation System (Andanan CIS) Canal located in Agusan Del Sur, and 3) Miral River Irrigation System (Miral RIS) Canal Stations +322m and +220m located in Bansalan, Davao Del Sur.

On the other hand, the MOU signing between NIA, represented by Administrator Visaya, and SunAsia Energy, Inc., represented by President Theresa Cruz-Capellan, aims to pursue the development of floating solar power project at the Pantabangan Reservoir located in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija.

Meanwhile, the MOU signing between NIA, represented by Administrator Visaya, and SN Aboitiz Power Magat, represented by President/CEO Joseph S. Yu, aims to pursue the development of floating solar power project at the Magat Reservoir located in Ramon, Isabela through an acceptable scheme under the existing laws, such as the Republic Act No. 9513 (Renewable Energy Act of 2008), among others.

Under the memoranda, the hydroelectric and solar power developers requested NIA’s permission for the conduct of feasibility studies (FSs) at its own expense and at no cost to NIA. The activity is necessary to determine the financial, socio-economic, and technical viabilities of the project, as well as the most cost effective development, construction, and operation of the power generation components. If FS is feasible, the projects will be commercialized.

The development of hydroelectric and floating solar power projects is an undertaking of NIA to explore other income sources to sustain its viability as a government owned or controlled corporation (GOCC).

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle Left) and RDSG President/Chief Executive Officer Ruben B. Sumagang (Middle Right), together with NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan (Outermost Left), during the signing of three MOU for the development of mini hydroelectric power plants in Mal RIS Canal Stations +220m, + 203m, and +171 m located in Matanao, Davao Del Sur, Andanan River Irrigation System CIS Canal in Agusan Del Sur, and Miral RIS Canal Stations +322m and +220m in Bansalan, Davao Del Sur.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle) and SunAsia Energy, Inc. President Theresa Cruz-Capellan (2nd from Right), together with NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B Bagasin (Outermost Left) and NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan (2nd from Left), during the MOU Signing for the development of floating solar power project at the Pantabangan Dam located in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (2nd from Left) and SN Aboitiz Power Magat President Joseph S. Yu (Middle), together with NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan (Outermost Left) and other SNAP executives, during the MOU Signing for the development of floating solar power project at the Magat Reservoir located in Ramon, Isabela.

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Officer-in-Charge
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-3741