NIA and Ostrom Climate ink MOU on Climate-Smart Rice Project in Nueva Ecija

October 26, 2023, 2:16 PM

NIA Central Office – NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen, NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Engr. Robert C. Suguitan, Ostrom Climate Solutions, Inc. (Ostrom Climate) President and Chief Executive Officer Phill Cull, and International Land Use Director Jane Boles signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the implementation of “The Climate-Smart Rice Project in Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS)” on October 20, 2023 at NIA Board Room, 3rd Floor, Building B. 

The project is eyed for immediate implementation until December 2028 with the goal of contributing to the achievement of rice security and resiliency in the country. This can be achieved by increasing water productivity in national irrigation systems (NISs) while reducing carbon emission in irrigated rice cultivation. The project primarily aims to promote a wide-scale and sustained adoption of Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) Technology in irrigated areas throughout UPRIIS with the provision of capacity-building activities and financial incentives with farmer-partners.

Under the memorandum, Ostrom Climate shall provide funds for the implementation of the project, thus incurring no cost to NIA. It shall also facilitate the identification of the required resources of NIA UPRIIS staff who will take part in the project, as well as the management of all fund releases for the project according to existing government accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

As part of the 7-Point Strategic Policy Agenda of NIA Administrator Guillen, Climate Smart Irrigators Association Farming System can be achieved through the adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices. With the signing of the MOU between NIA and Ostrom Climate, NIA looks forward to the realization of its vision of making the Philippines a climate-smart and climate change-resilient nation.

Atty. June J. Barioga, Attorney IV of NIA UPRIIS and Ostrom Project Lead Ruben Miranda witnessed the MOU Signing. NIA OIC-Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector Engr. Josephine B. Salazar, Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Robert Victor G. Seares, Jr., and Ostrom Climate officials and representatives were present in the MOU signing.

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NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen (middle left) and Ostrom Climate President and Chief Executive Officer Phill Cull (middle right) lead the MOU Signing for the implementation of the Climate-Smart Rice Project in UPRIIS.

NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen (left) and Ostrom Climate President and Chief Executive Officer Phill Cull (right)

MOU Signing for the implementation of the Climate-Smart Rice Project in UPRIIS

Seated from left to right: NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Suguitan, NIA Administrator Guillen, and Ostrom Climate President/CEP Cull together with NIA officials and representatives from Ostrom Climate