December 2020

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Partial Typhoon Damages to Crops and Infrastructures reach P2.908 Billion as of December 2, 2020

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 15:28

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has released the updated partial assessment on crop and infrastructure damages brought about by the onslaught of Typhoons “Rolly”, “Quinta”, Pepito”, and “Ulysses” covering several regions in the country. The Partial Report from the Operations Department showed that as of December 02, 2020, damages to crops and infrastructures reach P2.908 billion. A total of 69,712 farmers were affected, comprising 77,076.66 hectares of agricultural land nationwide.

Typhoon Rolly (Goni) which made its first landfall in the country on November 02, 2020 hitting the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay, Quezon, and Batangas brought the greatest damages to crops and infrastructures in Region V amounting to P275.869 million, affecting 1,217 farmers comprising 830.47 hectares of agricultural land in the region.

On the other hand, Typhoon Quinta (Molave), which made its first landfall in the vicinity of San Miguel, Albay on October 25, 2020, brought the biggest damages to crops and infrastructures in Region V amounting to P243.112 million, affecting 7,616 farmers with an aggregate landholding of 5,435.22 hectares in the region.

Typhoon Pepito (Saudel) which made landfall over the San Ildefonso Peninsula in Casiguran, Aurora on October 20, 2020 crossed the island of Luzon, leaving the greatest damages on crops and infrastructures in Region II amounting to P97.48 million, affecting 5,878 farmers comprising 5,900 hectares of agricultural land in the region.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) which made its first landfall in Patnanungan, Quezon on November 11, 2020 brought the biggest damages on crops and infrastructures in Region II amounting to P746.975 million, affecting 29,639 farmers with an aggregate landholding of 31,894.00 hectares.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, continue to explore the opportunities of formulating plans and programs to provide livelihood support and assistance to typhoon-affected farmers and their families.

**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 immediate repair of damaged connecting pins of Macañao sluice gates

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 18:38

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) immediately conducted a repair of the damaged connecting pins of the Macañao sluice gates caused by heavy Monsoon rains on November 27-28, 2020 at Namnama, Cabatuan, Isabela.

Macañao Checkgate is a water reuse irrigation structure irrigating around 4,882 hectares of agricultural land within the municipalities of Cabatuan, Luna, Reina Mercedes, Naguilian, and part of Cauayan City in the Province of Isabela. The irrigation structure has eight rectangular sluice gates which can be opened or adjusted to meet the irrigation requirement of its covered area. However, due to inclement weather conditions, the Macañao, Gaddanan, and Florida Creeks, together with five other drainages from San Mateo and Alicia, Isabela, had overflowed which contributed to the increase in the water volume at Macañao Checkgate. It prompted NIA Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MARIIS) Division IV, which has jurisdiction over the Macañao Checkgate, to reopen the sluice gates with the assistance of the gatekeeper, barangay officials, and barangay tanods of Namnama.

However, though the plan is to open all eight sluice gates for the speedy flow of water, only five gates were opened. The pressure of water in the canal had somewhat damaged the connecting pins of the gates, resulting to difficulty in opening the three remaining gates. The opened gates were not enough to speed-up the drainage of rainwater which contributed to the flooding in Namnama.

Based on the landslide and susceptibility map of Cabatuan Local Govenment Unit (Cabatuan LGU), Namnama is highly susceptible to flooding. NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, assured that the Agency already conducted repair works to ensure that the sluice gates can be opened without delay in case of need to open them arises in order to prevent flooding on its adjacent areas, considering that Gaddahan Creek, which is the water supplier of Macañao Checkgate, is already heavily silted.

As of December 01, 2020, repair works were already completed by NIA and the sluice gates are now completely operational.

**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

1,795 farmers to benefit from P115.686-million rehabilitated Dumacaa RIS

Friday, December 18, 2020 - 11:43

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, inaugurated the newly rehabilitated Dumacaa River Irrigation System (Dumacaa RIS) and turned over one (1) unit of Irrigators Association (IA) Building and three (3) units of combined IA offices and post-harvest/support facilities, on December 10, 2020 in the Municipality of Pagbilao and the Cities of Tayabas and Lucena in Quezon Province.

Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin of NIA led the inauguration and turnover ceremony. Joining him were Minister of Economic Affairs Masahiro Nakata of the Embassy of Japan and Chief Representative Eigo Azukizawa of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Cabinet Secretary and Chairman of NIA Board Karlo Alexei B. Nograles sent his video message which was played during the program. Mayor Ernida Reynoso of Tayabas City was also present during the ribbon cutting and unveiling of the Dumacaa RIS at the Alsam Dam.

The irrigation system under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) is funded through JICA amounting to P115,686,140.20. The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 1,839 hectares of agricultural land in Pagbilao town and the cities of Tayabas and Lucena, benefitting 1,585 farmers and their families.

The rehabilitation of Dumacaa RIS includes mechanical works of Alsam, Lakawan, and Mayao dams, construction and realignment of 14.74-kilometer concrete lining, desilting works, rehabilitation and construction of 16 structures, and replacement of dilapidated turnout gates of 25 unit assemblies. Also included is the construction of one unit of Irrigators Association (IA) building and three units of combined IA offices and support facilities.

In his video message, Cabinet Secretary Nograles emphasized the contribution of Dumacaa RIS in the agricultural sector of the country and to the farmers. He said, “Increase in production will help improve profitability and livelihood of our farmers. Isa itong napakagandang balita para sa ating mga magsasaka sa gitna ng pandemyang ating kinakaharap sa kasalukuyan. Sa mga panahong ito mas kailangan nating panatilihin ang daloy ng irigasyon patungo sa mga sakahan. Tandaan, sa patubig may pagkain.”

Acknowledging the benefit that Dumacaa RIS rehabilitation will bring to the farmers, SDA Bagasin said, “This rehabilitation… has given new life not only to Dumacaa RIS itself but most importantly, to our farmer-beneficiaries. This now stands as a symbol of hope to our farmers amidst the pandemic which affects the whole world and the natural disasters that have hit the country in the past months, particularly here in Southern Luzon.”

CabSec Nograles and SDA Bagasin extended their gratitude to the Japanese Government through the Embassy of Japan and JICA, for its continuous assistance to the Philippine Government particularly in boosting the agricultural sector of the country.

Among those who spearheaded the inauguration and turnover ceremony were NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez, Quezon Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Manager Fidel P. Martinez, and NISRIP Project Manager Silvino C. Navarro.

NIA, as the lead government agency mandated to develop all possible sources of water for irrigation, remains committed to its mandate of providing reliable and sustainable irrigation services to our farmers through the construction of irrigation projects and rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems.

 
Ribbon Cutting and Unveiling of the Marker at the Alsam Dam of Dumacaa RIS
 
 
 
Machineries and Equipment at the Alsam Dam in Dumacaa RIS
 
 
 
Ribbon Cutting and Unveiling of the Marker of the IA Offices with Support Facilities
 
 
 
Symbolic Turnover of Dumacaa RIS to the Federation of Irrigators Associations
 
 
 
Messages of Minister of Economic Affairs Masahiro Nakata of the Embassy of Japan and Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin of the National Irrigation Administration
 
**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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