Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 14:51
NIA Central Office – In light of recent developments of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) immediately adhered to the necessary protocols of subjecting all Central Office employees to Rapid Antibody-Based Test at Veterans Memorial Medical Center on June 24, 2020.
Following this action, the entire NIA Central Office was locked down on July 01, 2020 to pave way for disinfection activities and installation of office protective coverings to prevent and control the spread of the virus. All employees, excluding essential personnel, are also placed under 14-Day Quarantine while adopting Work-from-Home Arrangement. In addition, face shields, face masks, hygiene kits, and multivitamins to employees, and Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfecting Germicidal Sterilizer Light per office were provided by the Agency.
As of July 08, 2020, a total of 640 NIA employees and personnel already underwent Rapid Testing. Six hundred twenty-nine (629) of which tested negative, while 10 personnel who tested IgM Positive were subjected to Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Test/Swab Testing. To date, NIA has a total of seven (7) confirmed cases with three (3) recoveries and zero (0) death.
Monday, July 6, 2020 - 07:27
NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) set the green light for the construction of the P893-million Balbalungao Earthfill Dam on July 2, 2020 in Lupao, Nueva Ecija amidst the present COVID-19 pandemic.
With strict compliance with Minimum Public Health Standards, NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya led the Agency’s first groundbreaking and capsule laying ceremony after the government declared lockdown since March due to COVID-19. “The conduct of the groundbreaking is the symbol of openization of the envisioned project that will bring hope to those who would benefit the most from it,” he said in his message.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, who served as the event's Guest of Honor and Speaker delivered his speech through a pre-recorded video. He acknowledged the importance of NIA’s mandate to help improve the well-being of our farmers in the New Normal to ensure irrigation in the continuity of farming. "Today’s groundbreaking while in quarantine is our declaration that our work continues, and that it continues with greater sear to overcome and prove that COVID-19 did not get the better of us. Instead, we will rise from this crisis like we Filipinos always do,” he remarked.
Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 21:35
NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) ensures timely and efficient 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) Tarlac Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project Phase II (TBBMP II) located in San Jose, Tarlac which broke ground on July 18, 2017.
As of May 31, 2020, JRMP II Project Management Office reported an actual project accomplishment of 27.98 percent against the target of 24.65. 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.
Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 20:56
NIA MIMAROPA – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has started the installation of the P3.557-million Isumbo Pump Irrigation Project (Isumbo PIP), the first solar-powered irrigation pump in Barangay Isumbo, Sofronio Española, Palawan. The project implementation commenced on May 29, 2020 after being awarded to the Contractor, Reinastar Trading and Construction Supply.
Isumbo PIP covers the installation of a solar-powered pump, pump house, control panel, accessories, and 0.399 kilometers of canal lining to be completed in 120 calendar days. With 3728.5 watts or five horsepower (hp) submersible pump motor capable to produce 100 gallons of water per minute (gpm), the project is expected to sufficiently irrigate 10 hectares of agricultural lands in the barangay, benefitting 13 farmers and their families.
The completion of the project can help diversify agricultural production. It was designed as an energy-efficient project that has the ability to pump up water from the source to an elevated storage tank and releases by gravity directly to irrigated areas.
Calambiringan Irrigators Association (IA) President Jeanie G. Denzon said that farming will be difficult without irrigation, especially during dry season in Sitio Calabano.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 11:39
NIA Central Office - In light of recent developments, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) implements a lockdown considering that as of June 30, 2020, the Agency has recorded three confirmed cases of COVID-19, although the said employees are not reporting to work since June 11, 2020 and June 19, 2020.
For the period of July 01-07, 2020, NIA Central Office will adopt Work-from-Home Arrangement, while essential personnel will continue to report for work as necessary. Following this arrangement, for the period of July 08-14, 2020, NIA Central Office will implement a combination of Skeleton Workforce and Work-from-Home Arrangement.
After the recently reported COVID-19 case, NIA immediately adhered to the necessary protocols of subjecting all Central Office employees to Rapid Testing. All employees who underwent the first batch of test at Veterans Memorial Medical Center turned out to be negative. However, there were a number of employees who tested positive had to undergo further tests.
Meanwhile, disinfection of vehicles, buildings, and premises, and installation of office protective coverings were conducted to prevent and control the spread of the virus. Similarly, face shields, face masks, hygiene kits, and multivitamins for employees, and Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfecting Germicidal Sterilizer Light per office were provided by the Agency.