National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Claro V. Maranan discussed the details of the NIA’s Infrastructure Program during the General Membership Meeting of The Philippines Constructors’ Association Inc. last September 27, 2013 at Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center in Pasig City.
The NIA administrator was invited to the said event as guest speaker where he talked about the agency’s approach to meet all its irrigation targets for the year 2013.
He laid out his Seven Point Program as NIA’s approach composed of rapid delivery of irrigation projects; rectification of irrigation data inputs’ organizational reform; corporate financial stability; empowerment of NIAns; better working conditions and environment; comprehensive climate change program for irrigation; and stronger commitment to farmers for lasting cooperation and partnership.
Based on his program the administrator was able to finish the rectification of data in two months time and requested the board to allow regions who have capability to implement, design and to bid the projects to fast track the implementation of projects.
He also plans to make NIA a viable corporation through new programs such as power generation through mini-hydro plants. The agency has identified 160 sites and has talked with investors so that in the future, NIA would be able to earn more revenue from the power generation.