Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 15:32
NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration Central Office (NIA-CO), in coordination with NIA Regional Office IV-A, conducted relief operations on January 23, 2020 for the victims of Taal Volcano eruption as part of the Agency’s Corporate Social Responsibility. It aims to initially support the immediate needs of the family-evacuees through the provision of their basic needs.
Moved by the spirit of being a Filipino and oneness of the Filipinos in emergency situations, the activity was organized by the NIA Top Management Officials headed by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya and NIA Employees’ Association of the Philippines (NIAEASP) for seven (7) evacuation sites located in the municipalities of Sta. Teresita and Calaca, Batangas, where about 1,011 family-evacuees are residents of the municipalities of Lemery, Taal, and Sta. Teresita.
The evacuation sites include Sampa Pacifico Elementary School with 141 families and 25 in-house families), Irukan Kalayaan Elementary School (95 families), Calantas Elementary School (105 families), Puting Bato Elementary School (117 families), Lumbang na Bata Elementary School (95 families), Puting Kahoy Elementary School (76 families), and Calaca Elementary School (357 families).
NIA employees pooled their resources to donate rice, canned goods, bottled water, clothes, hygiene kits, medicines, biscuits, slippers, timba at tabo, sleeping mats, towels, blankets, and other supplies.
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 14:29
NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), represented by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, signed five Contract Agreements with the project contractors on January 14, 2020 at the Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A.
These projects include 1) P322.83-million Ibato-Iraan Earthfill Dam located in Aborlan, Palawan represented by Green Asia Construction and Development Corporation Authorized Representative Renato M. Legaspi, Jr., 2) P455.84-million Alfonso Lista Pump Irrigation Project in the Province of Ifugao represented by Tokwing Construction Corporation / ASC Construction and Concrete Products (Joint Venture) Managing Officer Abraham S. Collado, 3) P333.37-million Sulvec Earthfill Dam in the Municipality of Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte represented by R.D. Interior Junior Construction General Manager Ricardo D. Interior, Jr., 4) P832.97-million Balbalungao Earthfill Dam in Lupao, Nueva Ecija represented by P.L. Sebastian Construction, Inc. / R.D. Interior Junior Construction General Manager Ricardo D. Interior, Jr., and 5) P45.5-million heavy equipment represented by Civic Merchandising, Inc. Machine Sales Engineer Aubrey Fe C. Bartolata.
Monday, December 16, 2019 - 14:58
NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) acquired heavy equipment, service vehicles, and portable current flow meter through First Gen Hydropower Corporation for use in the construction and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) activities of irrigation projects under NIA Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (NIA UPRIIS) located in Cabanatuan City, Isabela.
In a simple turnover ceremony on December 13, 2019 at the NIA Grounds, the heavy equipment, service vehicles, and portable current flow meter were turned over by First Gen Vice President Dennis Gonzales to the NIA Top Management Officials headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya. The activity is witnessed by other Central NIA Top Management Officials, Central Office Department Managers, and employees.
The acquisition of light/transport and heavy equipment, and portable current flow meter is part of Administrator Visaya’s Four-Point Agenda, particularly, in instituting measures to improve the delivery of services, such as but not limited to modernization of equipment for operations and maintenance. The portable current flow meter is a useful instrument to measure the volume of water discharged to the irrigation canals.
Monday, December 16, 2019 - 09:53
“NIA INCURRED DELAYS ON 299 PROJECTS COSTING P20.704 B”, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported in its Annual Audit Report for the Years ended December 31, 2017 and 2018. This is the report which catched the limelight few months ago.
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) on its part conducted a thorough assessment of the projects mentioned in the report. It was found out that the 299 projects are actually 293 contract packages representing 134 projects. This means that there are projects with several contract packages. Reasons for the delay were included in the report, such as unfavorable weather condition and delayed released of funds, which usually coincides with cropping season that virtually put a stop to construction especially in existing irrigation systems.
The Office of Senator Ralph G. Recto was furnished a copy of the report, the Presidential Management Staff, the COA, as well as the media.
As an update on the status, as of November 15, 2019, 257 contract packages were completed, 11 ongoing, 1 suspended, 5 mutually terminated, and 11 blacklisted. Likewise, upon further evaluation, 2 contract packages were counted twice, hence, the 293 should instead be 292 contract packages.
Friday, November 29, 2019 - 14:50
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, inaugurated the newly rehabilitated Malatgao River Irrigation System (Malatgao RIS) and turned over nine (9) units of Irrigators Association (IA) Building and two (2) units of combined IA offices and post-harvest facilities, on November 25, 2019 in the Municipalities of Narra and Aborlan, Palawan.
Cabinet Secretary and Chairman of NIA Board Karlo Alexei B. Nograles led the inauguration and turnover ceremony. Joining him were NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan, Deputy Chief of Mission (Japan Embassy) Yasushi Yamamoto, Agricultural Attache (Japan Embassy) Tetsuharo Mori, and Senior Representative Jin Hirosawa of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The irrigation system under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) is funded through a grant from JICA amounting to P189,363,679.42. The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 3,014.73 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipalities of Narra and Aborlan, benefitting 1,585 farmers and their families.