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1,799 FARMERS TO BENEFIT FROM P74.144-MILLION WORTH OF IRRIGATION PROJECTS IN BICOL REGION

December 2, 2021, 12:53 PM

 

NIA Region V – A total of 1,799 farmers in Albay and Camarines Sur, Bicol Region will benefit from the recently inaugurated and turned over irrigation systems by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) on November 16, 2021. These projects with an aggregate cost of P74,144,127.46 include 1) P37.893-million South Quinale River Irrigation System (South Quinale RIS) Rubber Dam in Brgy. Busac, Oas, Albay, 2) P874,741.48 IA Model Farm Drip Irrigation Project in Brgy. Napo, Polangui, Albay, and 3) P35.377-million Agos Rubber Dam in Brgy. Agos, Bato, Camarines Sur.

The supply, delivery, replacement of rubber tube for South Quinale RIS is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 753-hectares of agricultural land in Barangays Busac, Saban, Manga, and Gumabao in Oas and Brangays Linao, Bacolod, San Isidro and San Vicente in Libon, Albay benefitting 904 farmers and their families. Also, the construction of Drip Irrigation System and Greenhouse of Mahaba Nasisi Ogsong Hibiga River Irrigation System (MNOH RIS) that is the 1,000-square meter IA Model Farm will benefit 775 Bicolano farmers of Barangays Balinad, Napo, Ponso, Mendez, and Alnay of Polangui and Barangays Balogo and Sitio Maguiron, San Ramon of Oas, Albay. And, the supply, delivery, commissioning and testing of rubber dam, canal structures and access roads of Agos Communal Irrigation Project (Agos CIP), the first rubber dam in Camarines Sur, is set to irrigate 166.67-hectares of farmlands in the Barangays San Miguel and Agos in Bato, Camarines Sur with 120 farmer beneficiaries.

Present in the event were NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero, Albay 3rd District Representative Fernando “Didi” Cabredo, representative of Mayor Domingo R. Escoto, Jr. of Oas, Albay, NIA Central Office Department Managers, Incoming Regional Manager Lauro E. Ballesteros, Albay-Catanduanes Irrigation Management Office (ACIMO) Acting Division Manager Jessie D. Baynas and Irrigators Associations (IAs).

Succeeding the event was the Turnover of Regional Leadership on November 17, 2021 at NIA Region V Office, Naga City, Camarines Sur. In the ceremony presided by Administrator Visaya, Outgoing Regional Manager Freddie M. Toquero passed on the leadership of NIA Region V to Incoming Regional Manager Lauro E. Ballesteros. A symbolic turnover of NIA Flag and a signing of Relinquishment and Assumption Order commenced at the ceremony.

Engr. Freddie M. Toquero, who is now the Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector, has served as Regional Manager for NIA Region V for more than two years. Prior to his appointment as Regional Manager of NIA Region V, Engr. Lauro E. Ballesteros, the longest serving Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Manager nationwide, has worked as the Division Manager of three IMOs in Region III. Before this appointment, he was the Division Manager of Bulacan-Aurora-Nueva Ecija IMO which was awarded as the Best IMO of the year – National Category during the 57th NIA Anniversary.

Right after the ceremony, as part of the Four-Point Agenda of Administrator Visaya, particularly in instituting measures to improve the delivery of services which includes the modernization of equipment, 16 units of shotgun, 1,680 ammunition/rounds of 9mm, and 1,920 ammunition/rounds of 12 gauge were turned-over to NIA Region V after NIA Central Office procured 319 units of shotgun armed gladiator caliber 12 gauge.

Despite the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic, NIA remains true to its commitment in providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers.

Ribbon-cutting of South Quinale River Irrigation System at Brgy. Busac, Oas, Albay

Unveiling of marker of South Quinale River Irrigation System at Brgy. Busac, Oas, Albay

Ceremonial Turn-over of South Quinale River Irrigation System to Irrigators Association headed by Hon. Raul R. Sergio

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya delivers his message

South Quinale Rubber Dam located at Brgy. Busac, Oas, Albay

Ribbon-cutting of IA Model Farm, Drip Irrigation Project at Brgy. Napo, Polangui, Albay

Blessing of IA Model Farm, Drip Irrigation Project at Brgy. Napo, Polangui, Albay

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya at the newly inaugurated IA Model Farm, Drip Irrigation Project at Brgy. Napo, Polangui, Albay

(Left to right) NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, Hibiga River Irrigation System Irrigators Association, Inc. President Melanio B. Banares, Polangui Mayor Andy A. Mariscotes and Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero

Unveiling of marker of Agos Rubber Dam at Brgy. Agos, Bato, Camarines Sur

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya at the control room of Agos Rubber Dam, the first in Camarines Sur

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya with the Outgoing NIA Region V Regional Manager and now Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero, Agos Barangay Captain and IA President Ric S. Pontillas and Bato Municipal Mayor Frank B. Bernalez

Agos Rubber Dam located at Brgy. Agos, Bato, Camarines Sur

NIA Administrator Visaya presides the Turnover of Regional Leadership on November 17, 2021. During the ceremony, Outgoing Regional Manager Freddie M. Toquero passed on the leadership of NIA Region V to Incoming Regional Manager Lauro E. Ballesteros.

Incoming Regional Manager Lauro E. Ballesteros of NIA Region V signs his Assumption of Duties

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya delivers his message during the Turn-over of Regional Leadership of NIA Region V

 

Turn-over of 16 units of shotgun, 1,680 ammunition/rounds of 9mm, and 1,920 ammunition/rounds of 12 gauge to NIA Region V

 

**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 breaks ground for P1.3-billion Dumoloc SRIP in Pangasinan, turns over 11 irrigation projects to Benguet farmers

December 15, 2021, 9:27 AM
 

NIA Region I – Under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) breaks ground for the P1.3-billion Dumoloc Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Dumoloc SRIP) on November 19, 2021 in Barangay Cayanga, Bugallon, Pangasinan.

Dumoloc SRIP includes the construction of a zoned type earthfill dam across Dumoloc River which will supplement the water supply to  Cayanga, Cabatuan, and Laguit Dams, as well as the Drainage Reuse Points for Cabigaan Area. Upon completion, the project will provide timely and reliable irrigation water supply to 1,825 hectares of agricultural land during Wet Season and 990 hectares of agricultural land during Dry Season with a cropping intensity of 180 percent. The project will benefit 1,400 farmers and their families.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Kristine Y. Evangelista, NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Engr. Freddie M. Toquero, Ph.D., NIA Region I Manager Angelito S. Miguel, local government officials, and Irrigators Association (IA) officers and farmer-members attended the event.

On the following day, NIA Administrator Visaya also led the Mass Turnover Ceremony of 11 completed irrigation projects to various IAs on November 20, 2021 in Barangay Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet. With an aggregate cost of P35 million, these projects irrigate 264 hectares of agricultural land in the municipality, benefitting 373 farmers and their families.

These projects include Cabutotan Communal Irrigation System (Cabutotan CIS) in Madaymen, Kibungan which was turned over to Cabutotan IA, Inc., Cotop Pinanchay CIS in Bashoy, Kabayan which was turned over to Bashoy Indigenous Peoples Farmers Communal IA, Inc., Jappa-Minak-Conet Small Irrigation Project (Jaooa-Minak-Conet SIP) in Shilan, La Trinidad which was turned over to Shilan Farmers IA, Inc., and, Kapangan Central CIS in Central, Kapangan which was turned over to Salat Kabelbelan Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc.

In addition, the Mambolo-Tinongdan SIP in Tinongdan, Itogon was turned over to Tinongdan Indigenous Peoples Organization, Gasal Amsilweng CIS in Masala, Kibungan was turned over to Planterms Farmers Association, Inc., Sapid CIS in Sapid, Mankayan was turned over to Sapid Irrigators and Farmers Association, Inc., Taba-ao CIS in Taba-ao, Kapangan was turned over to ABUDICK  Irrigators Association, Inc., Shalongen Creek-Dalabi SIP in Twin Peaks, Tuba was turned over to Dalabi, Al-ogan, Soyosoy Irrigators Farmers Association, Inc., Umesbeg Caucalan CIS in Taloy Sur, Tuba was turned over to Inunas Toyong Shontog IA, Inc., and Taloy Sur CIP in Taloy Sur, Tuba was turned over to Taloy Sur IA.

NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Romeo M. Lopez, Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Toquero, NIA CAR Regional Manager Benito T. Espique, Jr., local government officials, and IA officers and farmer-members attended the event.

In his message, Administrator Visaya highlighted the devolution plans of the government under Executive Order (EO) No. 138 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) which mandates the National Government to begin transferring certain functions to LGUs. The Supreme Court Mandanas-Garcia ruling affirmed that local government units are entitled to a “just share” on all national taxes collected and not only from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). LGUs will have an increase in the overall Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) shares and are expected to assume delivery of services which have been devolved to them under Republic Act 7160, the Local Government Code of 1991.

In addition, devolution entails the turnover of CISs and its development to LGUs under the classified 1st to 4th class municipalities in the province. Meanwhile, the development, operation and maintenance of National Irrigation Systems (NISs), as well as those irrigation systems in the 5th to 6th class municipalities will remain under NIA. While devolution starts implementation in 2022, this will be done in a three-year transition period. The Administrator explains that with the devolution program, NIA’s budget for CY 2022 was cut down from P42 billion to P32 billion.

NIA is committed to continuously support and guide local governments in terms of irrigation development core processes to ensure that no LGU is left behind. The Agency maximizes the opportunities brought by the SC Ruling to provide more efficient and improved irrigation services to the Filipino farmers, the agricultural heroes who feed the nation

From left to right: Bugallon Municipal Mayor Priscilla I. Espino, NIA Region I Manager Angelito S. Miguel, Pangasinan Governor Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, DA Undersecretary Kristine Y. Evangelista, Pangasinan 2nd District Representative Jumel Anthony I. Espino, NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Engr. Freddie M. Toquero, Ph.D., and IA Federation President Rufino S. Aquino during the Groundbreaking Ceremony of Dumoloc SRIP in Bugallon, Pangasinan on November 19, 2021

Laying of the Time Capsule

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya during the Laying of the Time Capsule of Dumoloc SRIP.

Administrator Visaya delivers his message.

Dumoloc SRIP

NIA CAR Regional Manager Benito T. Espique, Jr., NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Romeo M. Lopez, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, CARFIA/NCIA President Remy N. Albano, NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Engr. Freddie M. Toquero, Ph.D., and Benguet Vice Governor Johnny D. Waguis during the Mass Turnover of Completed Irrigation Projects in the Province of Benguet on November 20, 2021

Mass Turnover of Completed Irrigation Projects in the Province of Benguet

 

**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 INAUGURATES 2 JAPAN-FUNDED REHABILITATED PROJECTS AND FIRST COTTON IRRIGATION PROJECT IN ILOCOS NORTE

December 16, 2021, 1:11 PM
 

NIA Region I – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) inaugurated the newly rehabilitated P168.773-million Madongan River Irrigation System (RIS) and P131.292-million Solsona River Irrigation System (RIS) on November 24, 2021 in the Province of Ilocos Norte.

The rehabilitated and improved Madongan RIS with a Firmed-Up Service Area (FUSA) of 2,027 hectares covers the municipalities of Dingras and Marcos, supplying ten (10) barangays with eight (8) Irrigators Associations. While the Solsona RIS with a firmed-up service area (FUSA) of 1,340 hectares covers the municipalities of Solsona and Dingras, supplying nine (9) barangays with five (5) Irrigators Associations.

NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero led the inauguration and turnover ceremony in behalf of the NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya. Present also in the event were Embassy of Japan H.E. Ambassador KOSHIKAWA KAZUHIKO, representatives of JICA headed by Chief Representative AZUKIZAWA Eigo, local government officials headed by representative to the Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Joseph M. Manotoc, NISRIP Project Manager Silvino C. Navarro, NIA Region I Manager Angelito S. Miguel, and Ilocos Norte Irrigation Management Office (Ilocos Norte IMO) Manager Weynard Untalan. Also, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles conveyed his message through a pre-recorded video.

The Madongan RIS and Solsona RIS are under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP), funded by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Succeeding the event is the inauguration and turnover of the completed Lumbaan-Bicbica Small Irrigation Project on November 25, 2021 located at Barangay Garnaden, Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte.

Aside from the development, construction, operation, and maintenance of irrigation systems nationwide, NIA ventures in renewable energy development. As part of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya’s innovation and modernization platform, NIA maximizes its full potential to develop hydroelectric power and solar projects. The Lumbaan-Bicbica SIP was constructed under the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte through Presidential Directive No. 2020-0034 for Solar-Powered Irrigation System under GAA 2020. This has a service area of 25 hectares and will benefit at least 20 cotton farmer-beneficiaries primarily from the town of Pinili, Ilocos Norte.

The Lumbaan-Bicbica SIP is NIA’s first irrigation project for cotton production. This is in support of the continued preservation and practice for the weaving industry in Pinili, Ilocos Norte where the Gamaba Cultural Center in honor of the 97-year old Magdalena Gamayo, an Inabel Weaver is located.

Furthermore, the Ilocos Norte-Ilocos Sur-Abra Irrigation Project (INISAIP) building located in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte was inaugurated on November 25, 2021 led by NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero in behalf of the NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya. Present also in the inauguration ceremony were NIA Region 1 Manager Angelito S. Miguel, INISAIP Acting Project Manager Gileu Michael O. Dimoloy and INISAIP personnel and staff.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, assure that aligned with the Agency’s continuous efforts for innovative irrigation, the Agency remains committed to its mandate of providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers.

Ribbon-cutting of Solsona River Irrigation System (RIS), Ilocos Norte

Unveiling of marker of Solsona River Irrigation System (RIS), Ilocos Norte

NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero with Embassy of Japan H.E. Ambassador KOSHIKAWA KAZUHIKO, JICA Chief Representative AZUKIZAWA Eigo and personnel, NISRIP Project Manager Silvino C. Navarro, NIA Region I Manager Angelito S. Miguel, Ilocos Norte IMO Manager Weynard Untalan, and IA officials at Solsona Diversion Dam

Ribbon-cutting of Madongan River Irrigation System (RIS), Ilocos Norte

Unveiling of marker of Madongan River Irrigation System (RIS), Ilocos Norte

NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero with Embassy of Japan H.E. Ambassador KOSHIKAWA KAZUHIKO, JICA Chief Representative AZUKIZAWA Eigo and personnel, NISRIP Project Manager Silvino C. Navarro, NIA Region I Manager Angelito S. Miguel, Ilocos Norte IMO Manager Weynard Untalan, and IA officials at Madongan RIS

JICA Chief Representative AZUKIZAWA Eigo delivers his message

Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Joseph M. Manotoc delivers his message

Embassy of Japan H.E. Ambassador KOSHIKAWA KAZUHIKO delivers his message

NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero delivers NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya’s message

Ribbon-cutting of Lumbaan-Bicbica Small Irrigation Project located at Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte

Unveiling of marker of Lumbaan-Bicbica Small Irrigation Project located at Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte

NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero delivers his message

Solar panels of Lumbaan-Bicbica Small Irrigation Project located at Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte

Lumbaan-Bicbica Small Irrigation Project located at Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte

Inauguration of Ilocos Norte-Ilocos Sur-Abra Irrigation Project (INISAIP) Building located in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte

NIA Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero delivers his message during the inauguration of INISAIP Building

 

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

 

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

NIA turns over rehabilitated Tarlac Diversion Dam and 3 solar power-driven pump irrigation projects in Isabela

December 20, 2021, 1:10 PM
 

NIA Region III – True to its mandate of developing, construction, operating, and maintaining irrigation systems in support of the government’s agricultural program, the National Irrigation Administration – Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project Phase II (NIA TBBMP-II) turned over the rehabilitated Tarlac Diversion Dam to NIA Regional Office III on December 1, 2021. The unveiling of Tarlac Diversion Dam Marker and test run for the intake and sluice gates of the dam were likewise conducted during the activity.

The Tarlac Diversion Dam, located in Barangay Carangian, Tarlac City was formally turned over by TBBMP Manager Prudencio B. Santos to NIA Regional Office No. III, headed by Manager Josephine B. Salazar. The ceremony is witnessed by NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya.

The original operation of the system was in 1959. It was rehabilitated in June 1984 with a total cost of P68.645 million. The project covers about 10,315 hectares of agricultural land in the municipalities of Pura, Victoria, Gerona, La Paz, and Tarlac City, all in the province of Tarlac, benefitting 7,699 farmers and their families. The control structures of the gates of this rehabilitated dam are now automated.

NIA Luzon Regional Managers, some Central Office Department and Division Managers, Region III Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Managers, and Tarlac Federation of Irrigators Association were present during the event.

On the other hand, a total of 56 farmers in Quirino and Gamu towns in Isabela will benefit from the recently inaugurated and turned over irrigation systems by the NIA Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS) on December 2-3, 2021. These projects with an aggregate cost of P10-million include Two-Unit Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Project in Barangay Binarzang and Barangay San Mateo in Quirino, Isabela with a total cost of P6,666,666.00 and Single Unit Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Project in Barangay Dammao, Gamu, Isabela amounting to P3,333,334.00. These newly installed solar power-driven pump irrigation projects are expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 56 hectares of agricultural land in the towns of Quirino and Gamu in Isabela benefitting 54 farmers and their families.

NIA Acting Senior Deputy Administrator Romeo M. Lopez, MARIIS Acting Department Manager Josue A. Sabio, incoming MARIIS Acting Department Manager Gileu Michael O. Dimoloy, Division III Acting Manager Isagani R. Concepcion, local government officials, and Irrigators Associations (IAs) were present during the events.

Capping these events was the Turnover of Leadership Ceremony of MARIIS Division IV on the afternoon of December 2, 2021 at NIA MARIIS Training Center, Cauayan City. In the ceremony presided by Acting SDA Lopez, Outgoing Division Manager Carmelo L. Salvador who is retiring from service passed on the leadership of MARIIS Division IV to Incoming Division Manager Efren F. Robang. A symbolic turnover of NIA Flag and a signing of Relinquishment and Assumption Order commenced at the ceremony.

Despite the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic, NIA remains true to its commitment in providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers.

The newly rehabilitated Tarlac Diversion Dam which was turned over from NIA-BBMP to NIA Region III

The unveiling of the marker of the newly rehabilitated Tarlac Diversion Dam led by (left to right) Region III Manager Josephine B. Salazar, Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations C’zar M. Sulaik, Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, Tarlac 1st District Board Member TonyBoy Cervantes, Acting Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Freddie M. Toquero, BBMP Manager Prudencio B. Santos

Engr. Prudencio B. Santos, Project Manager of BBMP leading the test run of the automated intake and sluice gates of the Tarlac Diversion Dam

The presidents of the beneficiary Irrigators Associations of the newly rehabilitated Tarlac Diversion Dam

Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya giving his message for the Turnover Ceremony of Tarlac Diversion Dam

One unit of Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Project in Brgy. San Mateo, Quirino, Isabela which will irrigate 12 hectares of farmlands

One unit of Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation System in Brgy. Binarzang, Quirino, Isabela which will irrigate 30 hectares of farmlands

Signing of Memorandum of Agreement between NIA-MARIIS and the Irrigators Associations of Brgys. Binarzang and San Mateo, Quirino, Isabela

Ceremonial Turnover of the Two Units of Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Project to the Irrigators Associations in Brgys. San Mateo and Binarzang, Quirino Isabela

One unit of Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Project in Brgy. Dammao, Gamu, Isabela which will irrigate 14 hectares of farmlands

Signing of Memorandum of Agreement between NIA-MARIIS and Irrigators Association in Brgy. Dammao, Gamu, Isabela

Ceremonial Turnover of one unit of Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Project to the farmer-beneficiaries in Brgy. Dammao, Gamu, Isabela

NIA Acting Senior Deputy Administrator Romeo M. Lopez giving his message to the farmer-beneficiaries of the inaugurated and turned-over solar power-driven pump irrigation projects

 

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

 

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

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