Press Release

Marinduque farmers to benefit from P12.17-million Mansabang CIP

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 14:45


Boac, Marinduque – Two hundred forty-one (241) farmers will now benefit from the newly-completed irrigation project of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) – the Mansabang Communal Irrigation Project (CIP). The said project, amounting to P12.17 million, will irrigate 127 hectares of agricultural lands in Barangay Buliasnin and Maligaya.

Mansabang CIP includes the construction of core wall and concrete drainage canal lining which was completed last November 30, 2018. Water will be sourced from Boac River to supply irrigation to its beneficiaries. This will help increase rice production and water delivery on the service area.

NIA MIMAROPA Regional Manager William P. Ragodon, together with MOMARO IMO Acting Division Manager Gerardo Perez, conducted a site visit to check the completed project. Positive impressions from the project complainant and beneficiaries were gathered.

Boac Municipal Planning and Development Officer (MPDC) and National Security Practitioner ENP Luna Euologio R. Manrique expressed his positive impression on the prompt solution on his complaint. He previously complained the delayed implementation of Mansabang through the investigative documentaries of GMA News TV. Specifically, he said that NIA is not using suitable and up-to-date equipment for driving concrete piles and that the depth requirement was not met.

NIA opens Work Immersion Program for people with special needs

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 15:52

NIA Central Office - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, opened its doors for the conduct of 10-day Work Immersion Program for 19 Grade 12 students of the Philippine School for the Deaf (Pasay City). The training started on January 21, 2019 and will end on February 01, 2019.

The students are assigned in various offices based on their individual competencies, such as in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Animation, Hotel and Restaurant Services, Accounting, and Business Management.

NIA pushes for inclusivity of people with special needs in the work sector, especially in the government. While this is the first-ever Work Immersion Program of the Agency for people with special needs, the NIA Top Management Officials hope that through the campaign, the social stigma for deaf and mute community would be soon eradicated.

“The Agency is aiming to create an awareness that everybody should be accepted and accommodated in employment to government sector. As part of my Four-Point Agenda, particularly in developing human resources and improving their capabilities, we are very inclusive when it comes to workplace. It’s about time to give our special men and women the honor and opportunity to become the best assets of our nation in the field of public service”, said Administrator Visaya.

1,266 farmers to benefit from P133.85-million Sta. Barbara RIS

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 09:36


The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, inaugurated the P133.85-million Sta. Barbara River Irrigation system (Sta. Barbara RIS), one unit of 84-square meter Irrigators Association (IA) Building, and four units of 200-square meter combined IA offices and warehouses, on December 03, 2018 at Benigno Aquino Avenue Diversion Road, Madurriao, Iloilo City.

The irrigation system under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) is funded through a grant from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) amounting to P113,850,153.90. The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 2,289 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipalities of Leganes, Pavia, Sta. Barbara, and Iloilo City, benefitting 1,266 farmers and their families. The project is set to improve the cropping intensity of farmers from 162 to 200 percent, thus increasing the farmers’ yield from 99 to 110 cavans per hectare for wet season and 80 to 100 cavans per hectare for dry season.

In his message, JICA Philippines Senior Representative Yo Ebisawa said that the project will pave way for higher rice productivity and income of the Filipino farmers.

NIA, KEXIM-EDCF to monitor environmental and social activities of JRMP II

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 15:36


The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya and representatives from the Korean Export-Import Bank – Economic Development Cooperation Fund (KEXIM-EDCF) discussed the issues related to the Environmental and Social Monitoring of the Activities of Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Phase II (JRMP II).

The meeting aims to conduct a Stakeholders Forum among lowland and upland project affected families (PAFs) and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), as well as signing of the Minutes of Discussion for environmental and social activities for the project construction phase.

The P11.212-billion JRMP Stage II contract was signed by the NIA Top Management Officials and the executives of Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. on September 03, 2018 to pursue the construction of 109-meter Jalaur High Dam, 38.5-meter Afterbay Dam, 10-meter Alibutan Catch Dam, 80.74-kilometer Highline Canal, and its appurtenant structures. The groundbreaking is expected to be scheduled before the end of this year.

NIA opens P74-million Libmanan-Cabusao Pumping Station

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 13:20


NIA Region V – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, conducted the Blessing and Inauguration Ceremony of the new P74-million Pumping Station of the Libmanan-Cabusao Pump Irrigation System (LCPIS) in Awayan, Sipocot, Camarines Sur on October 11, 2018.

The newly inaugurated pumping station has four units of brand new 250 HP diesel engines and pumps which will irrigate 2,195 hectares of farmlands, benefitting 1,728 farmers and their families in 10 barangays in Libmanan and two barangays in Cabusao, Camarines Sur.

The LCPIS was originally constructed in the early 1980s under the Integrated Area Development Program of the Philippine government with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The original pumping station had four units of electrically-driven engines and pumps. In 1998, the electric engines were replaced with diesel engines and only two remain operational today.


Marinduque farmers to benefit from P12.17-million Mansabang CIP
NIA opens Work Immersion Program for people with special needs
1,266 farmers to benefit from P133.85-million Sta. Barbara RIS
NIA, KEXIM-EDCF to monitor environmental and social activities of JRMP II
NIA opens P74-million Libmanan-Cabusao Pumping Station