November 2020

5 Nov 2020 - 12:18pm
15 Nov 2020 - 3:52pm
23 Nov 2020 - 3:11pm
NIA conducts Press Conference on Magat Dam Water Release  due to Typhoon Ulysses
25 Nov 2020 - 5:29pm

NIA Adheres to PRRD’s Directive to Publish list of Infrastructure and Irrigation Projects

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 12:18

 

NIA Central Office – Heeding the call of the national government to a more transparent public service and in adherence to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to publish details of infrastructure and irrigation projects in national newspaper/broadsheet, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) tied up with the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) for the publication of the List of Irrigation Projects Bidded at NIA Central Office, and Ongoing and Completed Operations and Engineering-Monitored Projects with more than P10-million budget allocation each from CY 2019 to CY 2020 in six issues. All published data and information are based on August 2020 Status Reports of the Agency.

Issue Date of Publication Content
Part 1 October 04, 2020 List of Irrigation Projects Bidded at NIA Central Office and the Reports on the Status of Operations-Monitored Project for CY 2019 of Regions 1 to 3, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS), and Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS)
Part 2 October 17, 2020 Reports on the Status of Operations-Monitored Project for CY 2019 of CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and Regions 5 to 10
Part 3 October 18, 2020 Reports on the Status of Operations-Monitored Project for CY 2019 of Regions 11 to 13 and Status of Operations-Monitored Project for CY 2020 of CAR, MARIIS, and Regions 1, 2, and 3
Part 4 October 24, 2020 Reports on the Status of Operations-Monitored Project for CY 2020 of CALABARZON, MIMAROPA
Part 5 October 25, 2020 Reports on the Status of Operations-Monitored Project for CY 2020 of Regions 11 to 13, and the List of Completed and Ongoing Engineering-Monitored Projects for CY 2019 of CAR, Regions 1 to 13, UPRIIS, Tarlac Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project Phase II (TBBMP-II), Ilocos Norte-Ilocos Sur-Abra Irrigation Project (INISAIP), Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Stage II (JRMP-II), Kabulnan-2 Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project (KMIPP), and Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project Phase II (MMIP-II).

 

Part 6 October 26, 2020 List of Completed and Ongoing Engineering-Monitored Projects for CY 2019 of Lower Agno River Irrigation System and Improvement Project (LARISIP), National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP), and Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program – Irrigation Component (CARP-IC), as well as the List of Completed and Ongoing Engineering-Monitored Projects for CY 2020 of CAR, Regions 1-13, Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP), UPRIIS, TBBMP, INISAIP, KMIPP, LARISIP, MMIP-II, NISRIP, and CARP-IC

For CY 2019 Operations-Monitored Irrigation Projects, NIA reported 81.74 percent physical accomplishment for 414 contract packages worth P10 million above each with an aggregate cost of P8.946 billion, while for CY 2020, the Agency reported 34.06 percent physical accomplishment for 327 contracts amounting to P6.568 billion.

For CY 2019 Engineering-Monitored Irrigation Projects, NIA reported 42.88 percent physical accomplishment for 125 contract packages worth P10 million above each with an aggregate cost of P5.949 billion, while for CY 2020, the Agency reported 18.17 percent physical accomplishment for 80 contract packages amounting to P3.427 billion.

Actions to ensure that any party who fails to meet their commitments without justifiable reasons will be netted with corresponding sanctions. NIA Management expressed readiness to provide clarifications to anyone who have queries relative to the report.

Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, assured that NIA is doing its best to finish irrigation projects on time or even ahead of the target completion because delays in project implementation mean injustice to the Filipino farmers.

President Duterte viewed the directive as instrumental in detecting collusion among agencies and contractors, allowing the public to identify possible conspiracy among bidders and officials, and ensuring that public funds won’t go into corruption.

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

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

MAGAT DAM OPENS GATES DUE TO TYPHOON ULYSSES

Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 15:52

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MARIIS) has advised residents of the Provinces of Isabela and Cagayan in Region II of its water release from the Magat Reservoir to maintain safe water level of the Magat Dam on Monday, November 9, 2020, two (2) days before Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) made its first landfall in Patnanungan, Quezon, at 10:30 PM of November 11, 2020.

With the heavy downpour brought by Typhoon Ulysses that triggers massive flooding in many parts of the country, it also pushed the water level of Magat Dam beyond normal. NIA-MARIIS-DRD Flood Forecasting and Early Warning Dam Operations updates that the reservoir water level is now at 192.15 meters, which is 0.85 meters close to its spilling level of 193 meters above mean sea level as of 6:00 AM today, November 15, 2020. The reservoir inflow is at 1,020 cubic meters per second (cms) and outflow at 834 cubic meters per second (cms) with one (1) spillway gate opened at two (2) meters.

Pre-releases of calibrated opening of dam gates must be made before the occurrence of typhoon or unusual weather disturbances. This is to minimize, if not to avoid large Magat Dam discharges before spilling level will be reached. Prior to Typhoon Ulysses, five (5) typhoons had affected Isabela and Cagayan Valley and almost the entire Luzon, causing continuous rain for almost two (2) months. During this period, two (2) gates opened or an equivalent of four (4) meters were opened to reduce water containment at the Magat Reservoir. However, as water inflow from our Magat watersheds continually increases, additional gates must be gradually opened to maintain the safe level of the Magat Reservoir. The continuous rains upstream of Magat Dam contributed to high inflows, while rivers along the Cagayan River had also reached its maximum capacity, causing river overflows, not only to the Cagayan River but its adjacent areas.

The Magat Dam Protocol on Dam Discharge and Flood Warning Operation is strictly observed during this flood operation. In here, procedures to follow before, during and after typhoon are stated for dam operations. NIA-MARIIS, in coordination with stakeholders, is closely monitoring the dam status and operations. The system, as its practice, is making sure that all concerns regarding the dam status are addressed immediately and properly. Dam and Reservoir Division Manager Eduardo P. Ramos and his team is in close coordination with Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), PAGASA, Regional Agricultural Fisheries Extension Network group and other concerned local government offices prior, during and after water releases. Different mediums such as TV, radio, print, social media, emails, Short Message Service (SMS) and sirens are used to disseminate information of current situation of Magat Dam and its water releases. All stakeholders are kept posted and updated as to the actual scenario of the water volume that may be flowing into their place on an hourly basis through SMS.

NIA-MARIIS officials have warned residents living near low-lying areas, particularly those adjacent to and along Magat River and Cagayan River to move to higher and safer places as the dam continues to release water starting November 9. It is necessary to release water from the reservoir for purposes of preventing the dam from reaching its critical level of 193 msl that may compromise its structural integrity and may result to a catastrophe to nearby municipalities and more impact on a widespread flooding in Region II.

Magat River is only one of the 18 river tributaries of the whole Cagayan River basin. As compared to other River Systems, it is only Magat River which can delay the surge of flood water through its Magat Dam.

Magat Dam is a catch basin of 4,143 square kilometers of watershed and eight (8) upstream rivers namely Alimit, Lamut, Ibulao in Ifugao Province and Abian, Matuno, Sta. Cruz, Marang, Sta. Fe river in Nueva Vizcaya. With the Magat Reservoir and Magat Dam to regulate the gush of water from these sources, flash flood and greater flooding at low-lying areas, which could have caused greater damage to life and property is minimized, if not prevented.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya and NIA-MARIIS call on residents to continue to stay vigilant and take appropriate action against landslides and flashfloods most especially in the prevalence of COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

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

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

NIA CONVENES WITH NDRRMC, PAGASA ON DAM WATER RELEASE

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 15:11

 

NIA Central Office – With the proposal of transferring the authority of dam water release to the National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has started to convene with NDRRMC, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Department of Local Government (DILG), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and National Water Resources Board (NWRB) to review existing protocol on water discharges from dams last Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Present in the initial talk are NIA-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MARIIS) officials, headed by Manager Wilfredo C. Gloria to discuss further the followed Protocol on Dam Discharge and Flood Warning Operation during Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) and the current status of Magat Dam. NIA-MARIIS emphasized the communications done to different government offices, local media, and residents of Provinces of Isabela and Cagayan that may be affected of its water releases. It was also highlighted that while Magat Dam is not a flood control system, it served as one during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses as it helped mitigate and hold water to prevent a more widespread flooding in Region II.

Furthermore, NDRRMC will review its technical capability and manpower with regards to the proposal of transfer of authority of gate opening and water releases to their office.

Strictly following the protocol on water discharge, PAGASA informed NIA-MARIIS-DRD Flood Forecasting and Warning System Dam Operations on November 9, 2020, two (2) days before the first landfall of Typhoon Ulysses, that they had commenced preparatory phase of flood operation for the Magat-FFWSDO indicating that Magat Dam is soon to release flood water due to large amount of rainfall because of Typhoon Ulysses (Form 1). After which, dam discharge warnings were activated and disseminated. This action is based on the memorandum dated December 12, 2006 stating that the release of water from Magat Dam should be decided by PAGASA.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya assures that along with other concerned government agencies, existing protocol on dam discharges will be reviewed and will look into the possibility of transferring the authority of water releases to the NDRRMC.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya leads the initial talk on dam water release with the officials of NDRRMC, PAGASA, DILG, OCD, and NWRB

 

NIA-MARIIS Dam and Reservoir Division Manager Eduardo P. Ramos discusses the operation during Typhoon Ulysses and the current status of Magat Dam

 

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Usec. Ricardo B. Jalad virtually joins the initial talk on dam water release
 
 

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

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

NIA conducts Press Conference on Magat Dam Water Release due to Typhoon Ulysses

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 17:29

 

Press Conference of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya at the House of Representatives Nograles Hall South Wing Annex on November 24, 2020 regarding the Magat Dam Water Release due to Typhoon Ulysses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKll2qy5zC4&list=TLPQMjUxMTIwMjDBHqc7h3hx_w&index=1&fbclid=IwAR1HK0I9E6n_1s01WpxN4ZA3Ff-U9JDxHZkCO7cyWRtS66yVMmUwrm6k5Tg

 
NIA PRESS CONFERENCE NOV. 25, 2020