Press Release


Monday, September 13, 2021 - 10:02

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) ensures that it has an existing contingency plan for the Magat Dam located in Municipality of Ramon, Isabela.

On September 01, 2021, a Regional Committee on Dam Safety (RCODS) meeting was held virtually attended by the Cagayan Valley Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Department of Agriculture (DA) Region II, NIA-Region II, NIA-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MARIIS) Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (PAGASA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region II, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region II, National Housing Authority (NHA) Region II, Isabela State University, and concerned Local Government Units (LGUs). Revised Protocol on Dam Discharge and Flood Warning Operation for Magat Dam was discussed by Acting Head Edwin J. Viernes of the Flood and Forecasting and Instrumentation Section of NIA-MARIIS and a Technical Working Group under the RCODS was directed to be created to review and finalize the project proposal on the Ensemble Technique for Rainfall Runoff Forecasting.

NIA takes immediate action to address COA Observations

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 13:26

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has immediately conducted management actions in response to the Audit Observations and Recommendations made by the Commission on Audit (COA) in the Agency’s CY 2020 Audit Report, which consisted of the Independent Auditor’s report, the Audited Financial Statements, the Observations and Recommendations, and the Status of Implementation of Prior Years’ Recommendation with Annexes.

COA’s Audit Opinion was stated as “We rendered a qualified opinion of the presentation of the financial statements in all material aspects.” This issuance of a qualified opinion meant that there are only some items for clarification, specifically, the documentary requirements of the projects. COA also issued a “qualified opinion” on its CY 2019 Audit Report for NIA.


Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 10:34

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) infrastructure projects are being threatened by sand and gravel quarry sites. These operate too close to irrigation facilities and structures leading to the adverse effects of excessive quarrying activities such as exposed foundation of said structures, scoured riverbanks, and degraded river beds. 

In Region XI, the Padada River Irrigation System located in Hagonoy, Davao Del Sur is experiencing the effect of quarrying activities adjacent to it. Diversion dam of Padada RIS suffers severe damages and exposed sheet piles threatening the foundation of the dam due to severe erosion apparently caused by the quarrying operations downstream. Also, the relocated diversion dam of Sta. Cruz River Irrigation System situated in Liliw, Laguna under NIA Region IV-A is being threatened again by severe erosion due to quarrying operations downstream. This after the original dam about 800 meters downstream was totally damaged in 2006. These are not isolated cases but rather are a nationwide occurrence. Based on the initial inventory by NIA, there are 116 irrigation systems/projects affected by quarrying activities nationwide.

NIA and SNAP-MI sign P19.986-million Settlement and Release Agreement

Friday, August 6, 2021 - 09:28


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), represented by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, and SN Aboitiz Power-Magat, Inc. (SNAP-MI), represented by President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joseph S. Yu, signed the Settlement and Release Agreement amounting to P19,986,308.78 on August 3, 2021 at the Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building B. The amount serves as a payment of SNAP-MI to NIA for the utilization of excess irrigation water for power generation.

SNAP-MI acquired the 360-megawatt Magat Hydroelectric Power Plant (MHEPP) from the National Power Corporation (NPC) in a competitive bidding conducted by Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM). As part of the acquisition, NIA entered into an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Agreement with SNAP-MI on December 13, 2006 for the non-power components of the Magat Dam owned and operated by NIA primarily for irrigation purposes and secondarily for power generation.


Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 11:55


NIA Region V – A total of 2,532 farmers tilling 1,963.12 hectares of agricultural land in Camarines Sur, Bicol Region will benefit from the recently inaugurated and turned over irrigation systems by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) on July 28-29, 2021. These projects with an aggregate cost of P46,924,543.18 include 1) P26.160-million Pump House and Farm Pond at Tigman- Hinagyanan-Inarihan River Irrigation System (THIRIS) in Calabanga, Camarines Sur, 2) P14.077-million Punta Diamante Pump Irrigation System in Canaman, Camarines Sur, and 3) P6.686-million rehabilitated Taisan CIS Dam (Sibagat Small Reservoir Irrigation Project) in Minalabac, Camarines Sur.

The construction of Check Gate of Punta Diamante Pump Irrigation System is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 250-hectares of agricultural land in Barangays Haring, San Agustin, San Vicente, and portion of Dinaga, Canaman, Camarines Sur benefitting 122 farmers and their families. Also, the construction of Pump House, Farm Pond, Canal Structures and Canalization Works of Tigman-Hinagyanan-Inarihan River Irrigation System (THIRIS) will provide irrigation service to 1,363.12-hectares in Calabanga, Camarines Sur that will benefit 2,245 Bicolano farmers. And, the newly rehabilitated Taisan Dam is set to irrigate 350-hectares of farmlands in the Barangays San Jose and Magadap in Minalabac, Camarines Sur with 165 farmer beneficiaries.