February 2021

5 Feb 2021 - 10:21am
19 Feb 2021 - 8:04am
26 Feb 2021 - 2:45pm

Revised Magat Dam Protocol After Cagayan Valley Flooding

Friday, February 5, 2021 - 10:21

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has revised the Magat Dam Protocol on Dam Discharge and Flood Warning Operation after the creation of the Dam Crisis Management Task Force dedicated to review the existing protocols and address concerns on dam management crisis following the flooding incident in Cagayan Valley during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) last year.

The House Committee on Agriculture and Food, jointly with the Special Committee on North Luzon Growth Quadrangle has resumed inquiry on the severe and unprecedented flooding in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela last Thursday, January 28, 2021.

Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya has presented during the hearing the proposed revised protocol formed by the Dam Crisis Management Task Force chaired by Dr. Guillermo Q. Tabios III of UP Diliman Civil Engineering and National Hydraulic Research Center and Engr. C’zar M. Sulaik, NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector as Co-Chairperson. The task force is also participated by various government agencies such as National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), National Water Resources Board (NWRB), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR), SN Aboitiz Power Group and concerned local government units.

Under the revised Magat Dam Protocol on Dam Discharge and Flood Warning Operation, improved coordination with PAGASA will be made on the impending typhoon’s landfall, the intensity of rainfall it will bring, and if there are other weather phenomenon or disturbance that may affect it. Warning stations will then be activated 24 hours before the preemptive release of water from the Magat Dam, coupled with a public announcement through text blast. An acknowledgement from the affected local government unit (LGU) will also be required three hours after the public announcement of the preemptive release.

Meanwhile, preemptive release will be done when the dam reaches 190 meters above sea level (masl) and when a typhoon is expected to make landfall within 3 to 4 days in the Cordillera Autonomous Region and Regions 1, 2 and 3. 

 Concerned government agencies and stakeholders such as the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), NDRRMC, DRRMC, Philippine National Police (PNP), LGUs, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Irrigators’ Associations (IAs), mainstream and local media, and the locals, will also be informed of the preemptive release at least three times. 

The NDRRMC Operation Center will also be asked to issue Emergency Alert and Warning Messages aside from information dissemination through media.

Further, the National Dam Safety Committee, spearheaded by NDRRMC, is underway as an oversight body for safe dam operations and for the integrity and safety of dams in our country. NIA, along with other government agencies, is joining this committee to partake in its objectives for disaster risk reduction.

Administrator Visaya assures that corollary to NIA’s mandate to manage and maintain irrigation systems, the Agency, along with other concerned government agencies, is doing its best in disaster risk mitigation and crisis management given the recurrence of natural disasters in our country.

Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya attends virtually to the Joint House Committee Meeting with the Committee on Agriculture and Food and the Special Committee on North Luzon Growth Quadrangle
 
Administrator Visaya during the House Inquiry joined by Senior Deputy Administrator (SDA) Abraham B. Bagasin and Department Managers of NIA
 
Presentation of Administrator Visaya of the revised Magat Dam Protocol on Dam Discharge and Flood Warning Operation during the House Inquiry
 
Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Director Tecson John S. Lim discusses the creation of National Dam Safety Committee during the House 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 Continues to Fast-Track Implementation of Big-Ticket Projects

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 08:04

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) continues to fast-track the implementation of its big-ticket irrigation projects, namely, 1) P11.212-billion Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Stage II (JRMP-II) in Calinog, Iloilo which broke ground on February 27, 2019, 2) P4.37-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP) in Pinukpuk, Kalinga which broke ground on August 08, 2018, and 3) P13.37 Tarlac Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project Phase II (TBBMP-II) located in San Jose, Tarlac which broke ground on July 18, 2017.

As of December 31, 2020, JRMP-II Project Management Office reported an actual project accomplishment of 41.90 percent against the target of 29.55 percent. JRMP-II is NIA's 8th big ticket irrigation project under the “Build, Build, Build” Program of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the first large-scale reservoir outside Luzon. The project includes the construction of three dams: a 109-meter high dam, a 38-meter afterbay dam across the Jalaur River, and a catch dam in Alibunan River. An 80-kilometer high line canal will also be constructed to deliver irrigation water from the dams to the rice paddies.

Upon completion, JRMP-II is expected to provide year-round irrigation water supply to 9,500 hectares of new irrigable areas and rehabilitation of 22,340 hectares covered by five existing irrigation systems in 23 municipalities and two cities in the Province of Iloilo, benefiting 22,000 farmers and their families. The project is also expected to create 17,000 employment opportunities during the project implementation. Similarly, rice production will increase from 3.6 to 5 metric tons per hectare. It also includes other incidental benefits such as development of eco-cultural tourism, fish culture, flood mitigation, and watershed management. Furthermore, 6.6 megawatts of hydroelectric power and bulk water supply for domestic and industrial use of 1 CMS will be later implemented.

On the other hand, December 30, 2020, CRPIP Project Management Office reported an actual physical accomplishment of 55.49 percent against the target of 58.99 percent while TBBMP-II reported an actual physical accomplishment of 37.60 percent against the target of 74.97 percent. The changes in the accomplishment is due to the ongoing revision of Overall Program of Works (POW) of the irrigation projects.

Once completed, CRPIP will provide substantial and timely irrigation water supply to 8,700 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipality of Tuao and Piat in Cagayan, and the Municipality of Pinukpuk in Kalinga, benefiting 4,350 farmers and their families. The project is expected to create 14,784 jobs during project implementation and 8,700 permanents jobs when the project becomes completely operational. Furthermore, it targets to contribute 36,217 metric tons of milled rice to the country’s rice supply, incurring $15.57 million savings from rice importation and yielding an incremental income of P75,193.00 per hectare per year.

Meanwhile, upon its completion, TBBMP-II will provide year-round irrigation to approximately 34,410 hectares of agricultural land in 10 municipalities in the Province of Tarlac, namely Paniqui, Pura, Victoria, Ramos, Gerona, San Jose, La Paz, Capas, Concepcion, and Tarlac City, benefitting around 23,000 farmers and their families.  As a multipurpose dam, the hydropower project within the facility can generate at least 43.5 megawatts of electricity. The high dam can also store up to 560 million cubic meters (MCM) which can increase the cropping intensity in the project area from 124 percent to 200 percent.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, assure that the Agency is doing its best to finish all irrigation projects within the time frame or even ahead of it because delays in project implementation mean injustice to the Filipino farmers.

Ongoing construction of the JRMP-II Diversion Tunnel in Calinog, Iloilo

The completion of the cofferdam paved the way for the start of construction activities of JRMP II's impounding dam.

Ongoing construction of Invert Elevation Tunnel 3 at South Main Canal (SMC) of TBBMP-II in San Jose, Tarlac

Ongoing construction of TBBMP-II North Main Canal

Construction of Main and Diversion Canal of CRPIP in Pinukpuk, Kalinga

**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 loc. 113

NIA Continues Partnership with LR Group for Solar Powered Irrigation Projects

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 14:45

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, has continued negotiations with Israeli-based firm LR Group for Solar Powered Fertigation System (SPFS) last Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

Following the successful 2018 visit to Israel by President Rodrigo Duterte, the respective countries, through their relevant departments and agencies, have entered into an Implementation Agreement. As a result of the Implementation Agreement, the LR Group, designed Solar Powered Fertigation System (SPFS) technology systems that are optimized for any location in the country, and can deliver water and fertilizers for any type of crops. The system is designed to increase crop yields while significantly cutting farmers’ costs, thus meeting the policies and objectives of our government.  

SPFS technology enables implementation of easy to install, “out of the box”, cost-effective, integrated irrigation and fertigation systems. Using precision Israeli agriculture technology, the system increases the farmers’ production and profitability while significantly reducing crop cultivation cost. This features Solar Energy to replace high costs of energy generated by diesel with an efficient, maintenance-free source of energy, Shallow tube wells that facilitates the use of highly efficient submersible or surface pumps, reducing maintenance and increasing the overall system reliability, Precise fertilizer solution for integration of low-pressure fertilizer tanks into the irrigation system, Smart agriculture to undertake real time data collection, and Flexible design fit for purpose among others.

“When we proceed to the bigger G2G (Government to Government) project, just to mention, that would include training and scholarships for people from NIA to farmers and others,” Ilan Weiss of LR Group highlighted.

The pursuit for Solar Powered Irrigation is part of the undertaking of the Agency towards modernization and innovation aligned in the 10-Year National Irrigation Master Plan that provides the roadmap and sets direction for irrigation development of the country.

“We have the 10-Year Irrigation Master Plan. In so far as modernization of irrigation systems is concerned, that is embedded in this Irrigation Master Plan. So this modernization undertaking that we are in now will jibe in the 10-Year Irrigation Master Plan,” Administrator Visaya said.

Administrator Visaya assured that aligned with the Agency’s continuous efforts for innovative irrigation, NIA remains committed to its mandate of providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers while making a strategic contribution to the development of the country’s agricultural sector.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya heads the meeting with Israeli-based firm LR Group for Solar Powered Fertigation System (SPFS)
 
NIA Top Management Officials, Department Managers, and Regional and Project Managers of Luzon Island present during the meeting with LR Group for Solar Powered Fertigation System (SPFS)
 
NIA Top Management Officials, Department Managers, and Regional and Project Managers of Luzon Island present during the meeting with LR Group for Solar Powered Fertigation System (SPFS)
 
Israeli-based firm LR Group joins the discussion virtually for Solar Powered Fertigation System (SPFS)
 
SPFS-32: Irrigating 32 hectares (Photo courtesy: LR Group)

 

**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