NIA, DOST inks MOU on Water Resource Management Climate Resilient Infrastructure Initiative Program

May 31, 2022, 8:50 AM
 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technologies of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD) on Water Resource Management Climate Resilient Infrastructure Initiative Program on May 27, 2022 at the NIA Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A.

The signing of the MOU between NIA, represented by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, and the DOST-PCIEERD, represented by Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, aims to pursue the Water Resource Management Climate Resilient Infrastructure Initiative Program (WRMCRII-P) as DOST-PCIEERD and NIA recognize a need to continually develop new strategies in enhancing disaster resiliency of our local government/community, and climate change adaptability of our development and infrastructure investment in light of the rapid advancement of Science and Technology, as well as the growing challenges and uncertainties brought upon by climate change and disasters.

The WRMCRII-Program targets to create a harmonized water resource management, disaster resilience, and climate change adaptation and mitigation program based on mutually agreed upon Research and Development (R&D) and Science and Technology (S&T) intervention plan, establish a system where planning, project/program development, and policies conducted by NIA are able to utilize the expertise, tools and datasets available, as well as new knowledge generated from the WRMCRII-Program component projects, and propose studies for other strategic R&D areas and S&T intervention priorities through the combined expertise and resources of the DOST-PCIEERD and the NIA under the WRMCRII-Program.

The MOU formalizes the cooperation between the NIA and DOST-PCIEERD and delineates the functions in the implementation of the WRMCRII-Program. There are pre-identified areas for Potential S&T Collaboration. These includes the following: real-time monitoring during floods (sensors/monitoring systems), allocation of flood control in all dams, severe sedimentation-desilting, dam break scenario-affected communities, inter-agency collaboration on watershed rehabilitation, enhanced forecasting during floods, hydrological and river flow modelling, groundwater modelling and monitoring for irrigation well areas, shallow tube wells for aquifer recharge and smart farming innovative water management systems.

Also present during the MOU signing are DOST-PCIEERD Chief Research Scientist Engr. Nonilo A. Peña, NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector Engr. C’zar M. Sulaik, NIA Operations Department Manager Engr. Delsy J. Revellame, and NIA Corporate Planning Services Manager Rogelia C. Dela Torre.

The pursuit of this program is in line with the undertaking of the Agency towards modernization and innovation and in addressing challenges and uncertainties of climate change and disasters.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (2nd from left) and DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit (2nd from right), together with NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector Engr. C’zar M. Sulaik (outermost left), DOST-PCIEERD Chief Research Scientist Engr. Nonilo A. Peña (outermost right), NIA Operations Department Manager Engr. Delsy J. Revellame, NIA Corporate Planning Services Manager Rogelia C. Dela Torre, and officials and staff from NIA and DOST-PCIEERD during the MOU Signing

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector Engr. C’zar M. Sulaik, DOST-PCIEERD Chief Research Scientist Engr. Nonilo A. Peña, NIA Operations Department Manager Engr. Delsy J. Revellame, and NIA Corporate Planning Services Manager Rogelia C. Dela Torre during the MOU Signing

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (left) and DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit (right) during the MOU Signing

 

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