Press Release

NIA transfers 60% of CMIPP ownership to PSALM

Thursday, December 23, 2021 - 09:12

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), represented by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, and Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM), represented by President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Atty. Irene Joy Besido-Garcia, signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the transfer of the 60% ownership share over the P33.75-billion Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project (CMIPP) to the latter on December 14, 2021 at NIA Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A. NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Engr. Freddie M. Toquero and Central Office Department Managers were present during the MOA Signing.

The memorandum is pursuant to the Economic Development Cluster (EDC) Resolution No. 02, series of 2021, providing the resolution that NIA shall implement the transfer of its 60% ownership share over CMIPP to PSALM. Under the memorandum, NIA agreed that PSALM shall procure the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Service Contract under Republic Act No. 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act) to operate, manage, and maintain CMIPP’s power generation facilities and non-power generation facilities, such as weather stations and access roads from December 11, 2021 until its eventual privatization.

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

Monday, December 20, 2021 - 13:10

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.


Thursday, December 16, 2021 - 13:11

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.

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

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 09:27

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.


Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 12:53


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.