Press Release

NIA clarifies issues on Chinese workers at Chico River PIP

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 15:10


The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) which implements the P4.37-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project in Pinukpuk, Kalinga, clarifies that the 66 Chinese workers hired by the Chinese contractor are highly-technical and highly-skilled necessary in the construction of the tunnel and pumping station, which completion is set before the end of this year. Once completed, the services of most of these Chinese workers will be terminated.

Currently, Chico River PIP has 347 Filipino workers, mostly hired from the area. The Chinese workers are part of the project’s manpower that specializes in tunneling and construction of the pumping station with their state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Filipino workers maybe capable enough of doing this, but the collaboration with Chinese workers makes the work faster, thus shortening the construction period.

This clarification is made after the Cordillera People’s Alliance showed a video that there are Chinese workers seen at the project site. This might have led Mike Cabangon of Kilusang Mayo Uno-Cordillera to say that this is a huge insult for the Filipino workers. Mr. Cabangon should have verified his observations before arriving at his conclusion.

NIA inaugurates P993.3-million Barotac Viejo SRIP

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 15:46


NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (4-R), NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan (Middle Left), Iloilo 5th District Representative Raul Tupas (Middle Right), and other NIA and Local Government officials led the unveiling of the marker during the inauguration of P993.3-million Barotac Viejo Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Barotac Viejo SRIP) on April 16, 2019 at Nueva Invencion Village, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo.

NIA Region VI – Under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) inaugurated the P993.3-million Barotac Viejo Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Barotac Viejo SRIP) on April 16, 2019 at Nueva Invencion Village, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo.

NIA files second formal charge to ombudsman

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 16:47


NIA Central Office – Recently, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has filed a graft and corruption case against retired regional officials for alleged anomalies in irrigation project implementation. The move aims for the Ombudsman to conduct further investigation and filing of formal charges to the involved officials if warranted.

In the past few months, four (4) NIA officials were already dismissed and seven (7) were suspended for committing various irregularities and criminal liability in project implementation. On the other hand, nine (9) were relieved from their respective assignments in the field offices and are now under investigation at the Central Office.

The eradication of graft and corruption is foremost in the Four-Point Agenda of NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya. The Agency has been taking immediate actions in response to the alleged anomalies/irregularities among its officials and employees nationwide. For this measure, Administrator Visaya created an Inspection and Assessment Team to monitor all NIA projects, validate all queries and complaints in relation to the projects, assist concerned NIA officials and personnel, and address issues in order to fast-track all pending projects. This includes reforms in governance and immediate conduct of pertinent measures against the vicious cycle of graft and corruption in Philippine government.

NIA acquires P154.7-M light and transport equipment

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 10:58


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) acquires 91 units of light and transport equipment worth P154.7 million for use in the monitoring and evaluation of the status of on-going construction and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) activities. The acquisition of light/transport equipment is in line with the Four-Point Agenda of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, particularly in instituting measures to improve the delivery of services, such as but not limited to, modernization of equipment for operations and project implementation.

In a simple turnover ceremony on March 01, 2019 at the NIA Grounds, the light/transport equipment was turned over by the winning bidder, Nissan Philippines and Mantrade, to NIA Top Management witnessed by Central Office Department Managers and employees.

The purchase of light/transport and heavy equipment constitutes the three-year re-fleeting program of the Agency from CY 2017. For CY 2017, NIA purchased 34 units of light/transport vehicles and 17 units of heavy equipment. For CY 2018, NIA acquired 91 units of light/transport vehicles and 18 units of heavy equipment. Meanwhile, five units of heavy equipment and 91 units of light/transport vehicles are set for procurement this 2019.

NIA kicks off P11.212-B JRMP II construction

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 10:58


The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) conducted the Groundbreaking and Capsule-Laying Ceremony of the P11.212-billion Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) on February 27, 2019 at Daewoo Engineering and Construction Temporary Facilities Compound in the Municipality of Calinog, Iloilo. This signifies the official start of the said multi-billion irrigation project.

JRMP II is the NIA's 8th big ticket irrigation project under the “Build, Build, Build” Infrastructure Program of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the 2nd irrigation project funded by the Korean Government through the Korea Export-Import (KEXIM) Bank. The Government of South Korea will be funding 8.9 billion pesos through its Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF). The Government of the Philippines' counterpart is 2.2 billion pesos.

JRMP II 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.


NIA inaugurates P993.3-million Barotac Viejo SRIP
NIA acquires P154.7-M light and transport equipment
NIA kicks off P11.212-B JRMP II construction