Press Release



ONE STEP TO SUCCESS. ONE STEP TO PEACE. ONE STEP TO LOVE.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 10:23

At last, the much awaited peaceful dialogue among the Bugkalot Ancestral Domain Environmental Management Council (BADEMC), Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM), and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) initiated by NIA Administrator Benny D. Antiporda will now signal a fresh start for the Bugkalots to secure their rights for their concerns as an impacted community.

To heed the call of the President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on the onslaught of Typhoon Karding in the NDRRMC meeting, NIA and PSALM immediately acted upon in the decades-long lingering concerns of the Bugkalot Tribe that was affected by the Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project (CMIPP) in the Province of Nueva Ecija that resulted in the stand-off between the military, PNP, and Bugkalot Tribe members in Barangay Pelaway, Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya.

“Dahil kami ay mabubuting Pilipino rin humahanap kami ng paraan kung saan tayo magsasalubong nang hindi maaapektuhan ang national interest. Kasi alam natin ‘yan, it is part of the economic growth ng Pilipinas. Pero in the part of Bugkalot, bilang nagtiis nang matagal, nandito kami ngayon — puso sa puso”, uttered by BADEMC Chairman Daniel P. Pasigian.

No More Flooding in NIA’s Oplan Karding

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 14:39
 

“Daig ng maagap ang masipag.” This old Filipino proverb has been practiced by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) as the newly Revised Magat Dam Protocol on Dam Discharge and Flood Warning Operation became successful for the Agency’s Oplan Karding. No flooding incident was recorded in the Province of Isabela, including the Municipality of Aurora.

In the Press Conference for Oplan Karding conducted earlier, NIA Administrator Benny D. Antiporda, joined by Senior Deputy Administrator Atty. Eryl Royce R. Nagtalon and Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du, highlighted the intensive monitoring of the major dams under the control of the Agency, namely, Magat Dam in Isabela and Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija. With the Revised Magat Dam Protocol, NIA Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA MARIIS) already opened a gate in Magat Dam two (2) days before the landfall of Super Typhoon Karding.

ENOUGH OF THE RESETA AND PADRINO SYSTEM

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 08:00

NIA Central Office – Enough of those days that reseta and padrino systems are tainting the recruitment and selection process in government sector. This has been proven by NIA Administrator Benny D. Antiporda when he presided the Oath Taking of four full-fledged NIA regional officials and instructed the posting of 564 vacant (permanent) positions based on merits and qualifications.

On his 52nd day as the Chief of NIA, Administrator Antiporda appointed up to four officials of the Agency, namely, Engr. Gileu Michael O. Dimoloy, Engr. June Nathaniel S. Plaza, Engr. Lauro E. Ballesteros, Engr. Salome N. Layasan. They all previously held Acting Appointments before being appointed as full-fledged managers. Rose from the ranks, the said officials also held various key positions on field offices with decades of experiences in irrigation development.

The Action Man of NIA is giving stern warning to all officers of NIA to refrain from seeking endorsements from politicians and other people who has no concerns to NIA. The Administrator does not entertain reseta and padrino system in the government.

Instead of getting people he knows personally, Administrator Antiporda chose to trust NIA employees who are seasoned experts in the field of irrigation management. Without a doubt, the accomplishments and expertise of the regional officials have served as vital testaments of their rightful appointments to their respective positions.

NIA files cases against 2 officials for P205-million loss to Green Asia, eyes PPP on irrigation development

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 13:19

NIA Central Office – Heeding the call of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Romualdez Marcos, Jr. to eradicate graft and corruption in the Philippine Government, NIA Administrator Benny D. Antiporda and Senior Deputy Administrator Atty. Eryl Royce R. Nagtalon held a press conference on September 19, 2022 at NIA Convention Hall, 5th Floor, DCIEC Building to discuss the Agency’s request to the Office of the Ombudsman for the conduct of further investigation and filing of appropriate criminal and administrative cases against two NIA officials (Attorney IV) for violating the Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees, Gross Inexcusable Negligence, Misconduct and Conduct Unbecoming of Public Officers in the performance of their official duties.

 

NIA stands to lose the Green Asia Case with colossal amount of P205,958,119.77 due to the officials’ lackadaisical attitude and cavalier handling of the case. Such case could have been avoided if they performed their tasks and duties with devotion, utmost diligence, and good faith. The said damage is unduly suffered by the government and, ultimately, by the taxpayers – an injustice to the Filipino people.

NIA’s PPP investment pledges reach P1 trillion

Monday, September 19, 2022 - 08:00

NIA Central Office – With the top priority of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos, Jr. to revitalize the country’s agriculture sector through irrigation development, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) eyes Public-Private Partnership (PPP) on irrigation development.

FUNDING is one of the major operational issues of NIA, as with other government agencies. Data shows that the estimated development cost of the lands without irrigation amounts to 594.76 billion pesos.

President Marcos, Jr. called for the application of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to government infrastructure projects. Thus, Administrator Benny D. Antiporda immediately went into the study of PPP application to NIA projects. In two months, NIA now has a total investment pledge of more than one trillion pesos from potential private partners, which would then allow NIA to pursue its irrigation projects without the restriction of limited funding.

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