NIA Chief Visits Project Sites

July 22, 2014, 1:15 PM

In line with his aim to fast-track project implementation to increase the country's irrigated areas, NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal visited the NIA Field Offices in Region 1 and Region 3 on July 18, 2014 to personally assess the status of NIA's big-ticket projects including the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (ARIIP) in Pangasinan and the soon-to-be constructed Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project (BBMP) in Tarlac. He also met with the regional and project officials to discuss strategies to expedite the implementation of irrigation projects.

NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, together with ARIIP Project Manager Reynaldo C. Mencias, PM Dexter Patrocinio, and NIA Region 1 Manager Vicente R. Vicmudo, inspects the newly constructed Agno River Irrigation System Re-regulating Pond (ARRRP) in San Manuel, Pangasinan (inset photo). The pond (background) serves as the catch basin of water released from San Roque Multipurposed Dam power operation. When fully operational, the ARRRP will irrigate about 34,450 hectares benefitting 18,207 farmers to seventeen (17) municipalities and one city in the Province of Pangasinan.

NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal (second from right) visits the Resettlement Area in San Jose, Tarlac for the affected households when the construction of the Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project starts. With him is Project Manager Dexter G. Patrocinio (second from left).

NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal points toward Bulsa River, the water source for the soon-to-be constructed Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project (BBMP). With him is Project Manager Dexter G. Patrocinio. BBMP in San Jose, Tarlac when completed will irrigate about 34,410 hectares (12,475 ha existing and 21,935 ha new) in eight (8) towns and one city covering 3 congressional districts in the province of Tarlac.