Press Release

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.  

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.

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.

NIA reaffirms that recent flooding in Cagayan Valley is not wholly attributed to Magat Dam

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 14:17


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) reaffirms that the recent flooding in Cagayan Valley is not wholly attributed to Magat Dam located in the Municipality of Ramon, Isabela.

During the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) in Luzon on November 11-12, 2020, Magat Dam was pinpointed as the culprit in the widespread flooding within the Cagayan Valley Region, especially, in Central Isabela and in the entire stretch of lower Cagayan River System down to Aparri, Cagayan. However, based on the Flood Bulletin No. 3 Cagayan River Basin of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Northern Luzon Regional Services Division, these areas were identified as low-lying and flood prone areas in the Region.

Cagayan River Basin is subdivided into three parts: Upper Cagayan River Basin (Ganano and Magat), Middle Cagayan River Basin (Siffu-Mallig, Pinacanauan Rivers of Ilagan, Tumaini, and San Pablo), and Lower Cagayan River Basin (Pinacanauan de Tuguegarao, Chico Pared, and Dummun).

Magat River Basin is only one of the 20 river systems within the Cagayan River Basin. Studies showed that Magat Dam contributes only 15% of the river basin’s total water storage capacity and 21% if the considered control point will be in Buntun Bridge, Tuguegarao City.

NIA Acquires P57.8-million Light and Transport Equipment

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 14:08


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) acquires 34 units of light and transport equipment worth P57.8 million for use in the monitoring and evaluation of the status of on-going construction and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) activities. The acquisition of light/transport equipment is in line with the Four-Point Agenda of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, particularly in instituting measures to improve the delivery of services, such as but not limited to, modernization of equipment for operations and project implementation.

In a simple turnover ceremony on December 22, 2020 at the NIA Grounds, the light and transport equipment was turned over by the winning bidder, CT Citimotors, to NIA Top Management witnessed by Central Office Department Managers and employees.

 The purchase of light/transport and heavy equipment is part of the three-year re-fleeting program of the Agency from CY 2017. For CY 2017, NIA purchased 34 units of light/transport vehicles and 17 units of heavy equipment. For CY 2018, NIA acquired 91 units of light/transport vehicles and 18 units of heavy equipment. Meanwhile, five units of heavy equipment and 91 units of light/transport vehicles were set for procurement in 2019.