Press Release

NIA receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 15:19


The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is now International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 Certified after being assessed by the AJA Registrars on September 12, 2018.

AJA is the third-party ISO-accredited certifying body that audited NIA’s Quality Management System (QMS) for public administration of irrigation services on June 27-28, 2018 and bestowed the registration certificate under the management of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya.

The audit was conducted to determine the NIA’s compliance with the standards of ISO. The scope of registration focused on the major activities of the four sites of the Agency namely: a) Central Office, b) Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (UPRIIS), c) Regional Office IV-A, and d) Quezon Irrigation Management Office (Quezon IMO) in Lucena City, Quezon Province.

NIA transitioned from ISO 9001:2008 to the newer version of 9001 series (ISO 9001:2015) since the certification of the former had expired on September 15, 2018. The transition is also part of the Agency’s continual improvement in the delivery of services. It also aims to expand its coverage to include all regional offices across the country.

NIA inaugurates newly rehabilitated Mal RIS, turns over IA buildings and support facilities

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 15:47


NIA Region XI – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) inaugurated the newly rehabilitated Mal River Irrigation System (Mal RIS) and turned over Irrigators Association (IA) Buildings and Support Facilities in the municipalities of Matanao and Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, respectively, on September 21, 2018. Assistant Secretary Jann Roby R. Otero, Office of the Cabinet Secretary (OCS), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative Yoshio Wada, and NIA Deputy Administrator (DA) for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan led the said events.

The rehabilitation of Mal RIS amounting to P104.294 million is a JICA-funded project under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) which has 11 projects located nationwide.

The project includes the construction of six (6) units of Irrigators’ Association (IA) Offices (84 square meters each), three (3) units of combined IA offices and warehouse (200 square meters each), 16.1 kilometers of concrete canal lining, construction and repair of 20 structures, five (5) new steel gates, and 15.7 kilometers of grading and gravelling, among others.

NIA-Daewoo Sign P11.212-Billion Contract for Jalaur River Multipurpose Project

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 08:59


NIA Central Office – The Jalaur River Multipurpose Project (JRMP) will be started earlier than expected with the signing of the contract between the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. on September 03, 2018 at the Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor. NIA Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya signs the Contract for NIA while Manila Branch Manager Se Won Park signs for Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd.

The P11.212-billion JRMP Stage 11 is the 8th big irrigation project to be ground break under the Duterte Administration, and the 2nd project to be funded by Korean Export-Import (KEXIM) Bank.  The recently inaugurated Pasa Small Reservoir Irrigation Project was the first project funded under a grant by the Korean Government through the KEXIM Bank.

The contract signing aims 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. Groundbreaking is scheduled on the first week of October this year.

NIA acquires P110.5-million heavy equipment

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 14:18


Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin (middle left) and Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan (outermost left) receive the 17 heavy equipment keys from Volvo Vice President for Machine Sales Chito Litam (middle right) and Machine Sales Representative Ramir Ferrer (outermost right) during the Ceremonial Turnover of P110.5-million heavy equipment as part of the Agency’s Three-Year Re-fleeting Program.

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) acquired 17 units of heavy equipment worth P110.5M for use in irrigation project implementation, as well as for the operation and maintenance of existing National and Communal Irrigation Systems nationwide. The acquisition of heavy equipment is one of the Four-Point Agenda of NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya.

In a simple turnover ceremony held on September 10, 2018 at the NIA Grounds, the heavy equipment was turned over by the winning bidder, Volvo Merchandising, Inc., to NIA Top Management witnessed by CO Department Managers and employees. 

NIA fast-tracks project implementation

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 09:25


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has conducted a review regarding the non-completion of 436 irrigation projects in 2017 with an aggregate amount of P11.938 billion. Among these, it has been found out that the P551.915-million Sta. Josefa Pump Irrigation Project (SJPIP) in Agusan del Sur suffered the longest delay reaching more than seven years.

The Agency’s assessment shows that the delays in project implementation are caused by various contributing factors, such as the Right-of-Way (ROW) problems, peace and order situation in project areas, delay in the release of funds and budget allocation process, delays incurred in the bidding process of civil works that attribute to the late start of contract works, unworkable site condition within the project area due to consequences of climate change affecting the construction operations, on-going farming activities, and poor contractors’ performance resulting to extension in project implementation.

These issues are being addressed by the NIA Administrator, giving stern warning to NIA field management offices to closely monitor project implementation so that any problem that may arise can be resolved immediately.


NIA receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification
NIA inaugurates newly rehabilitated Mal RIS, turns over IA buildings and support facilities
NIA-Daewoo Sign P11.212-Billion Contract for Jalaur River Multipurpose Project
NIA acquires P110.5-million heavy equipment