June 7, 2024, 8:51 AM

NIA Central Office – After the onslaught of Typhoon Aghon in Luzon Island on May 25, 2024, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) immediately conducted assessment on crop and infrastructure damages. Reports from the Operations Department showed that damages to crops and infrastructures reach P202.02 million.

In CALABARZON, the typhoon caused an estimated damage to irrigation systems amounting to P200.3 million and affected 6,015 hectares of agricultural land in the region. To address the damages on irrigation canals, protection works, canal structures, and dams, NIA has outlined immediate repair plans categorized into Level I and Level II.  

Level I includes emergency works aimed at restoring service areas and saving standing crops, with an estimated cost pegged at P55.3 million. On the other hand, Level II involves comprehensive repairs to ensure the long-term stability of irrigation structures, with an estimated cost of P145 million. The Agency also recorded that 6,569 farmers across the region have been directly affected by the typhoon.

In MIMAROPA, Level I damage to irrigation facilities was recorded at P1.72 million. To provide support and assistance to the farmers, NIA is coordinating with Local Government Units (LGUs) and relevant agencies to ensure that they receive the necessary aid to recover and continue their agricultural activities.

NIA Operations and Maintenance (O&M) personnel of the Field Offices took proactive work to clear debris along the irrigation canals as an initial and immediate action to restore the flow of irrigation water, ensuring continuous water distribution for agricultural purposes.

The Agency remains committed to rehabilitating and improving irrigation infrastructure to withstand future weather events. This includes upgrading current systems and implementing more climate-resilient irrigation designs.