December 2020

7 Dec 2020 - 1:58pm
10 Dec 2020 - 11:47am
10 Dec 2020 - 1:22pm
15 Dec 2020 - 2:18pm

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NIA attends to Congressional Inquiry

December 7, 2020, 1:58 PM

 

Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, attended to the Congressional Inquiry and Deliberation on House Resolution No. 1345 and House Resolution No. 1348 on November 23, 2020 at the House of Representatives Nograles Hall South Wing Annex, Constitution Hills, Quezon City.

The House Resolutions seek to look into the cause of unprecedented flooding in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses. The deliberation was convened by the House Committee on Agriculture, chaired by Representative Wilfrido Mark M. Enverga, 1st District of Quezon Province, and Special Committee on North Luzon Growth Quadrangle, chaired by Representative Ramon “Mon-Mon” V. Guico, 5th District of Pangasinan.

NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik, Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS) Department Manager Wilfredo C. Gloria, Acting Public Affairs and Information Department Manager Eden Victoria C. Selva, and other staff from NIA Central Office and MARIIS attended the House deliberation and inquiry.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
**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-UPRIIS Targets to Complete Watershed Management Program by April 2021

December 10, 2020, 11:47 AM

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration-Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (NIA-UPRIIS), headed by Department Manager Rosalinda B. Bote, targets to complete Watershed Management Program for Pantabangan Dam, Nueva Ecija by April 2021 to mitigate the impact of climate change.

As our country is highly vulnerable to the effects of the global climate change, including sea level rise, increased frequency of extreme weather phenomena, rising temperatures and heavy rainfall, NIA established efforts to ensure that watershed areas managed by our Agency continue to be protected and sustain required quantity and quality of water in our reservoirs. 

The implementation of the Climate Change Project of NIA-UPRIIS consists of the establishment and maintenance of 220 hectares Reforestation and Agroforest Plantation such as Molave, Narra, Mimosa, Duhat, Langka, Guyabano, Cashew, Bignay and Sampalok that started this March 2020. The total amount of the said project is P16,465,000.00 including the Contract Works and Force Account Works. As of October 31, 2020, the said climate change project has overall physical accomplishment of 74.04% and financial accomplishment of 51.60%.

Furthermore, the P1.3-M Maintenance and Protection of 10,356 hectares NIA-Watershed Area as Capital Outlay Project has started July 16, 2020 and target to be completed by the end of the year. Major activities involved are patrolling and monitoring of NIA established plantations to safeguard the tree plantations, prevent timber poachers and other illegal and destructive activities within the watershed area; checkpoint operations, fireline construction and maintenance, and fire prevention and suppression to secure the entrance and exit at the watershed area and to trap the illegally gathered and transport of forest products from NIA plantation; and nursery operations with a target of 40,000 seedlings at the end of the year to be produced in our forest nursery for tree planting activities, seedling dispersal and supplying gap of old established plantations. As of October 31, 2020, Capital Outlay Project has overall physical accomplishment of 72.18% and financial accomplishment of 56.18%.

 The Watershed Management Section of NIA-UPRIIS continues the different activities related to forest protection of NIA established plantation and other activities involved in the Climate Change Project implementation. This includes road clearing during typhoon and heavy rain as this last quarter of the year, most of the strong and destructive typhoons hit the province of Nueva Ecija which resulted to a lot of uprooted trees blocking the NIA access road.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya assures that the Agency remains committed in conserving the environment through efficient, effective and sustainable management of irrigation systems to where watersheds and reservoirs lie.

Completed strip brushing activity along the contour at Brgy. East Marikit, Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya as part of site preparation activity for tree planting involving the Establishment, Replanting and Maintenance of 220 hectares plantation within the critical watershed of Pantabangan Dam
 
Hauling of seedlings from plantation depot to upland plantation area at Brgy. Abuyo, Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya
 
2-year old Mimosa plantation (Acacia auriculiformis) located at Brgy. Abuyo, Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya (part of Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed of Pantabangan Dam)
 
Taken during the growth measurement activity of the NIA-UPRIIS Watershed Management Section on October 19, 2020 to monitor the growth and development of the planted trees and identify necessary intervention to ensure its survival and growth
 
**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 Turns Over P5-million Solar Pump Irrigation Project in Mercedes, Zamboanga City

December 10, 2020, 1:22 PM

 

NIA Region 9 – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) turned over the P5-million Mercedes II Solar Pump Irrigation Project (Mercedes SPIP) to the Irrigators Associations (IAs) of Mercedes, Cabaluay, Culianan, and Talabaan on November 30, 2020. The inauguration and turnover ceremony was held at the project site located in Barangay Mercedes, Zamboanga City.

Mercedes II SPIP is the first solar-powered pump irrigation project in the locality initiated by Zamboanga City District II Representative Manuel Jose “Mannix” Dalipe with the supervision of NIA Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi Regional Sub-Office (ZAMBASULTA RSO) Acting Manager Robert Bernie L. Rada II.  

The solar powered centrifugal pump gets its water source from a spring and can pump an average of 170 cubic meters in six hours. The irrigation system is powered by 28 solar panels that can discharge approximately 200 gallons of water per minute. The system is also equipped with surveillance cameras and fortified with security fence to ensure utmost safety and security measures. The project will irrigate five hectares of agricultural land in the barangay, benefitting 10 farmers and their families.

Among the Guest of Honors were District II Representative Dalipe, Councilors Jhon M. Dalipe and Al-Jihan R. Edding, IA Prsident Hja. Aida N. Loong, together with MCCT IA officials and members, and the Representative from Long Island Builders and Construction, the project contractor.

Aligned with the Agency’s efforts on continuous enhancement of innovative irrigation, NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, assured that the Agency remains committed to its mandate of providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers, the agricultural heroes who feed the nation.

NIA ZAMBASULTA Acting Manager Robert Berni L. Rada II (middle), together with Congressman Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe (3rd from left), City Councilor of District I Jhon M. Dalipe (2nd from left), MCCT IA President Haj. Aida N. Loong (2nd from right), and NIA ZAMBASULTA Institutional Development Head Leni S. Enriquez (outermost right) during the inauguration and turnover ceremony of P5-million Mercedes II SPIP) to IAs of Mercedes, Cabaluay, Culianan, and Talabaan, Zamboanga City on November 30, 2020
 
 
 
**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
Telefax: (02) 8921-3741 / (02) 8921-6071 loc. 113/119
 
 

NIA signs Joint Memorandum Circular and the Addendum to the MOU on the Implementation of EPAHP Convergence Program

December 15, 2020, 2:18 PM

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), represented by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, signed the Joint Memorandum Circular and Addendum to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Implementation of the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) Convergence Program with all heads of departments, bureaus, government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), government financial institutions, state universities and colleges (SUCs), local government units (LGUs), and other EHPAP partners and development partners, on December 09, 2020 via Google Meet.

The signatories of the Joint Memorandum Circular include Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones, DA Secretary William D. Dar, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, DepEd Secretary Leonor M. Briones,  DOH Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña, DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, NAPC Secretary Noel K. Felongco, DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II, Landbank President/CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo, DBP President/CEO Emmanuel G. Herbosa, Commission on Population and Development Executive Director Juan Antonio A. Perez III, World Food Programme Philippines Deputy Country Director Mats Persson, and Food and Agriculture Organization Philippines Representative Xiangjun Yao.

The original Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) Program was implemented upon the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in June 2016 to institutionalize the collaborative efforts among DSWD, DAR, and DA as a key strategy of the national government in addressing critical concerns on hunger mitigation, food and nutrition insecurity, and poverty reduction. The program was enhanced to include additional partners, roles, and responsibilities upon the signing of EPAHP Convergence MOU on December 09, 2019 at Malacañang Palace, Manila.

The first year anniversary of EPAHP marks the ceremonial signing of the EPAHP Joint Memorandum Circular, as well as the alliance with new partners, namely: DBP and DICT. Capping the event is the Pledge of Support by all EPAHP partners to improve the lives of the Filipino people as one of the banner programs of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger, which intends to end hunger, achieve foods security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture in the Philippines.

NIA remains committed in delivering efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers as the Agency’s vital contribution in increasing rice production and to the growth of the country’s agricultural sector in general.

 
 
 
 
**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
 
 

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