March 2021

8 Mar 2021 - 11:25am
NIA and MWSS turn over financial support to Bulacan farmers
18 Mar 2021 - 6:15pm
30 Mar 2021 - 4:47pm

NIA Does an investigation to persons pretending to be its "agents", illegally collecting commission from a contractor

Monday, March 8, 2021 - 11:25

 

Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) does an investigation after knowing that there are persons who pretend to be his ‘agents’ illegally collecting a 12% commission from the contractor of a 2M-worth irrigation project funded by a detached government agency.

First in the Four-Point Agenda of Administrator Visaya is to eradicate graft and corruption. Thus, under his leadership, all acts deviating from the marching order given by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, which is to do what is right and what is legal, have to be curtailed.

Investigations are being conducted by the Agency regarding the said allegation so that once proven, due punishment may be imposed immediately to the persons concerned. Even some contractors participating in the bidding process of NIA use the name of the Administrator by telling lies that they already have clearance from him just for them to win. The Agency has observed that this becomes rampant prior to election periods just like what happened before 2019 local elections.

It would be noted that in the previous years, some NIA employees who were proven doing illegal acts in their respective offices were endorsed to the Office of the Ombudsman and were given due action and punishment. Also, in the previous months, several contractors were blacklisted to participate in all government procurement for a certain period of time due to negative slippages in their project contracts.

Administrator Visaya does not tolerate any act of graft and corruption within NIA. He hopes that these acts of enforcing due punishment to those who commit graft and corruption may serve as a warning to all never to use the name of the Agency in doing any illegal act. This applies particularly in collecting money which the Agency does not really carry out.

In case anyone has the knowledge of any person using the name of NIA in their illegal actions, let the Agency, particularly the Office of the Administrator know so that proper investigations and legal actions be conducted immediately.

**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 and MWSS turn over financial support to Bulacan farmers

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 18:15

 

Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, and Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), headed by Chairman Reynaldo V. Velasco, conducted the Ceremonial Turnover of P16.25 million worth of financial support to 6,500 farmers of Angat-Maasim River Irrigation System (AMRIS) Federation of Irrigators Association, Inc. represented by IA President Guillermo N. Mangaluz on March 15, 2021 at MWSS Board Roard, 5th Floor, Administration Building.

NWRB, through Director Sevillo D. David, Jr., proposed to MWSS an equitable cash compensation plan for Bulacan farmers who were affected by the reduced water allocation for irrigation for Dry Season of 2019. In this regard, NIA assisted in the selection of qualified beneficiaries. MWSS formally instructed its concessionaires, Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and Manila Water Company, Inc., to make necessary payment as compensation to the farmer-beneficiaries.

AMRIS IA Federation President Mangaluz expressed his gratitude to all agencies who made the financial support possible.

“Labis po kaming nagpapasalamat sa tulong at financial support na ipinagkaloob ninyo sa aming mga magsasaka. Malaking bagay po ito para sa pamilya ng mga magsasakang Bulakenyo”, he said.

In his message, Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya assured that the Agency continues to serve as a conduit of agricultural development in the country. Moreover, the Agency remains firm to its stance against delays in project implementation as delays in irrigation service delivery mean depriving the Filipino farmers of the benefits that they deserve.

“As much as possible, we don’t want farmers to suffer. Due to scarcity of water, hindi nabibigyan ng patubig ang lahat. Sa kabila ng nangyaring problema sa patubig, NIA delivered irrigation service in the most efficient and most effective way. We are fast-tracking the implementation of irrigation projects, as well as solar-powered pump irrigation projects that will jive with the 10-Year National Irrigation Master Plan (NIMP)”, Administrator Visaya said.

Maynilad President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ramoncito S. Fernandez, Manila Water Chief Operations Officer (COO) Abelardo P. Basilio, Bulacan Provincial Governor Daniel R. Fernando, Bulacan Provincial Agriculturist Ma. Gloria SF. Carillo, NIA Regional Manager Josephine Salazar, and other officials from NIA Central Office, Regional Office, and Bulacan AMRIS Federation of IA attended the event.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (2-L), together with MWSS Chairman Reynaldo V. Velasco (3-L), Maynilad President Ramoncito S. Fernandez (1-R), Manila Water COO Abelardo P. Basilio (1-L), Bulacan Provincial Governor Daniel R. Fernando (3-R), Bulacan AMRIS IA President Guillermo N. Mangaluz (4-L) and other Bulacan AMRIS IA officials during the Ceremonial Turnover of Financial Support to the farmers of Bulacan Province on March 15, 2021 at MWSS Board Roard, 5th Floor, Administration Building, Diliman, Quezon City.

 
 

 

**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 Completes 4 Irrigation Projects in Bohol

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 16:47

 

NIA Region VII – Under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has recently completed four irrigation projects with an aggregate cost of P913.7 million in the Province of Bohol amidst pandemic.

These projects are 1) P645-million Benliw Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Benliw SRIP) located in the Municipality of Ubay, 2) P260-million Catigbian Small Water Impounding Project (Catigbian SWIP) located in the town of Buenavista, 3) P4.5-million Oghob Small Irrigation Project (Oghob SIP) in the town of Batuan, and 4) P4.2-million Kagawasan Communal Irrigation Project (Kagawasan CIP) in the Municipality of San Miguel.

Benliw SRIP, whose water source comes from Pasanan Creek, is a medium-scale irrigation development project which includes the construction of a 21-meter-high zoned earthfill dam with a length of 517 meters, a reservoir with a catchment area of 5.60 square kilometres that can store 2.86 million cubic meters (mcm) of water, irrigation and drainage canals, and other appurtenant structures. The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation water supply to 400 hectares of agricultural land in barangays of Benliw, Emelda, Cagting, and Sinandigan, benefitting 600 farmers and their families.

Aside from irrigation, the project is also expected to provide other incidental benefits, such as flood control, watershed management, aqua-culture as a supplementary food source to the residents in the area, and soil conservation since it prevents the soil from eroding or reducing fertility caused by over-usage.

Catigbian SWIP, whose water source comes from Catigbian Creek, includes the construction of a 16.54-meter-high embankment dam with a total width of 6 meters, crest elevation of 152 meters, and crest length of 260 meters. Its reservoir has a total storage capacity of 0.322 million cubic meter (MCM). The project will provide year-round irrigation water supply to 60 hectares of agricultural land in barangays of Catigbian in Buenavista and San Carlos in Danao, benefitting 60 farmers and their families.

Oghob SIP, whose main source of water is the Oghob Spring, includes the construction of two check dams with two intakes, nine units of thresher crossing, 4 turn ins, and one turnout. It has two stilling basins, two road crossings with a total length of 208 meters of main canal, and 1,173 meters of concrete lateral canal. The project will irrigate 44 hectares of agricultural land in Barangay Quirino with 34 farmer-beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, Kagawasan CIP is funded under Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program – Irrigation Component (CARP-IC) under force account works. The project has a total service area of 25 hectares and generated area of 15 hectares, serving the farmers of Barangay Kagawasan with a year-round irrigation water supply. It includes the construction of a check dam, canal structure with an elevated flume of 50 meters, two units of drainage system, five turnouts, and three units of thresher crossing. The main canal has a total length of 661 meters.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, see the great potential of the projects, especially Benliw SRIP, as an agro-tourism destination site with its scenic and breath-taking view. 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.

 

The newly completed P645-million Benliw SRIP in Ubay, Bohol is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation water supply to 400 hectares of agricultural land in barangays of Benliw, Emelda, Cagting, and Sinandigan, benefitting 600 farmers and their families.

The P260-million Catigbian SWIP in Buenavista, Bohol will provide year-round irrigation water supply to 60 hectares of agricultural land in barangays of Catigbian in Buenavista and San Carlos in Danao, benefitting 60 farmers and their families.

The P4.5-million Oghob SIP in Batuan, Bohol will irrigate 44 hectares of agricultural land in Barangay Quirino with 34 farmer-beneficiaries.

The P4.2-million Kagawasan CIP located in San Migue, Bohol has a total service area of 25 hectares and generated area of 15 hectares, serving the farmers of Barangay Kagawasan with a year-round irrigation water supply.

**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