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NIA Administrator discusses agency's infra-program
10/16/2013 - 7:45am
DA, DOF and NIA hold dialogue with Bugkalot Tribe
10/16/2013 - 7:30am
08/08/2013 - 3:15pm
08/07/2013 - 3:15pm


NIA Administrator discusses agency's infra-program

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 07:45

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.

DA, DOF and NIA hold dialogue with Bugkalot Tribe

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 07:30

The Department of Agriculture (DA) together with the Department of Finance and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) met with members of the Bugkalot Confederation last October 10, 2013 regarding their proposed shares of proceeds from the Casecnan Multi-purpose Irrigation and Power Project at the NIA Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City.

During the meeting, DA Undersecretary Antonio Fleta, NIA Administrator Claro V. Maranan, NIA Legal Department head Atty. Genever Dionio, Department of Finance Representative Raine Robinson and CalEnergy Philippines represented by Atty. Edwin Zales talked with confederation members led by their overall chieftain Mayor Rosario Camma and their counsel Atty. Marlow Licudine regarding issues to be resolved in their share of the proceeds from the said irrigation and power project based on Section 7, Paragraph B of the Indigenous People’s Right Act (IPRA).

Undersecretary Fleta said that the confederation needs to prepare a formal proposal letter on the percentage share for the Bugkalot Tribe from the project’s proceeds. This was supported by NIA Administrator Maranan and other government officials present.

The undersecretary also assured the confederation that this will be studied thoroughly by the DA, DOF, NIA and CE Casecnan to come up with the necessary solution that will result in a win-win situation for all parties involved in the issue.

Balog-Balog Dam Gets Approval of CABCOM-ICC

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 15:15

Balog-balog Dam Project was presented to the Cabinet Committee Investment Coordination Committee and subsequently approved on August 5, 2013. He added that the project is now ready to be submitted to the NEDA Board for approval. Once it is approved, procurement can now started. Incidentally, Phase 2 or the construction of high dam is the scheme to be implemented. This was disclosed by Engr. Claro V. Maranan, Administrator of the National Irrigation Administration.

Balog-balog Dam will irrigate about 34,100 ha in 4 cities and 8 municipalities in the province of Tarlac. Aside from irrigation, other components include hydropower, flood control mitigation and tourism. The high dam costing about P15.8B is envisioned to be completed in May 2016. The fund will be sourced out from local funds.

NIA Chief Guest at NET 25

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 15:15

"Para makita kung talagang nagtatrabaho ang head of office", is the response of Engr. Claro V. Maranan, newly installed Administrator of the National Irrigation Administration during a live interview at Net 25 when he was asked what could be the reason why the appointment of an administrator is good for one year only and subject to renewal. Administrator Maranan further said, "it could be less than one year".

Asked about the status of Balog-balog Dam, Maranan explained that the project was already presented and approved on August 5, 2013 by the Cabinet Committee Investment Coordination Committee and now ready for indorsement to NEDA Board. Once approved, procurement can be started and target for completion is May 2016. The project costing P15.8 B will serve 4 cities and 8 municipalities covering about 34,100 hectares benefitting 23,000 farmers in the province of Tarlac. The approved scheme is the construction of the high dam. Aside from irrigation, hydropower and flood control mitigation are also its components.

On the issue of 100% funds already released to NIA, but the accomplishment is only 60%, Administrator Maranan explained that there are cases wherein contractors have not billed NIA or the project is not yet completed. In either case, NIA do not disburse funds, hence, the funds are still intact with NIA coffers. "Hindi nawawala ang pondo", he said.