Press Release

NIA acquires heavy equipment and vehicles through First Gen

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.

1,585 farmers to benefit from P189.36-million rehabilitated Malatgao RIS

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.

NIA, First Gen to develop hydro power at Aya Dam

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 14:00


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), represented by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, and First Hydro Power Corporation, represented by Vice President Dennis Michael P. Gonzales, signed on October 08, 2019 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop a hydroelectric power project at the Aya Dam located in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija.

In line with this, First Gen has requested NIA’s permission to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study of the project, including but not limited to, legal, economic, social, financial, and technical viability, to which NIA has permitted the former to conduct the same.

The MOU will complement with the existing Pantabangan-Masiway Hydroeletric Power Plant through an acceptable scheme under existing laws, such as the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 (Republic Act No. 9513), among others.

The MOU signing was witnessed by NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan and other First Gen executives at the Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A.


Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 11:44


The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) ensures timely and efficient implementation of the P4.37-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP) in Pinukpuk, Kalinga which broke ground on August 08, 2018. As of July 31, 2019, the CRPIP Project Management Office reported an actual project accomplishment of 30.59 percent against the target of 23.48 percent, thereby posting a 7.11 percent ahead of the overall schedule.

Congruently, NIA guaranteed that construction works are all being implemented ahead of the target schedule. To realize this objective, the project contractor, China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd., recently engaged the expertise of Chinese professionals, including engineers, management personnel, and highly-skilled equipment operators who were all granted working visas by the Philippine Government. The said experts are extremely necessary in the performance of highly-technical work functions, such as the construction of the tunnel and pumping station, which completion is set before the end of this year. So far, the project is ahead of schedule due to their effort and efficiency.

At present, CRPIP has 347 Filipino workers, mostly hired from the area. The collaboration of the Filipino workers with the Chinese experts is envisioned to complete the construction work in a shorter period of time and in a more efficient manner.


NIA acquires heavy equipment and vehicles through First Gen
1,585 farmers to benefit from P189.36-million rehabilitated Malatgao RIS
NIA, First Gen to develop hydro power at Aya Dam