September 2019

NIA signs 2 MOA with private water concessionaires
09/04/2019 - 8:43am
09/04/2019 - 10:39am
09/05/2019 - 11:44am

NIA signs 2 MOA with private water concessionaires

September 4, 2019, 8:43 AM


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) signs two Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) between Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and Metropac Cagayan De Oro, Inc. (MCDO) on August 30, 2019 for the utilization of excess water from two irrigation systems managed by NIA for domestic consumption.

The MOA signing between NIA, represented by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, and Maynilad, represented by Vice President Ronaldo C. Padua, aims to utilize the excess water from five identified dams in the Province of Cavite. These are Bukal Dam, Embarcadero Dam, Tres Cruzes Dam, Bayan Dam, and Plucena Dam with an aggregate volume of 94,060 cubic meters per day.

The MOA is an offshoot of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered by the parties to conduct a feasibility study on all dams within the province to determine any excess water of each dam after the irrigation needs of the farmers are satisfied.

Meanwhile, the MOA signing between NIA, represented by Administrator Visaya, and MCDO, represented by General Manager Rodrigo O. Yabut, aims to pursue the conveyance of 30 million liters per day (MLD) of excess water from the Bubunawan River Irrigation System, located in Baungon, Bukidnon, to the designated point of the company for a period of five years.

The feasibility study for the said activity was successful and has no cost to NIA. The study included the impact of the plans on the irrigability of the area. The service rate for the temporary utilization of the main canal of NIA irrigation system for the conveyance of raw water is open at six percent (6%) of the gross income.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle Left) and MCDO General Manager Rodrigo O. Yabut (Middle Right) during the MOA signing on August 30, 2019 at the Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A, witnessed by NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G Gan and other MCDO executive.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle Right) and Maynilad Vice President Ronaldo C. Padua during the MOA signing on August 30, 2019 at the Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A, together with NIA Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez, and other officials of both parties.

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
Mobile: 0995 251 7847
Landline: (02) 921-3741


September 4, 2019, 10:39 AM


The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) will rebid the P326-million irrigation project in Aborlan, Palawan this September 2019 according to NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya. This is the Ibato-Iraan Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP).

The said project is a zone earthfill dam with a reservoir storage capacity of 2.388 MCM which will irrigate about 860 hectares of farmlands in the four barangays of Sagpangan, Ibato, Iraan and Maligaya. The source of water will come from Ibato and Iraan River.

Once completed, this will be considered as the biggest irrigation project in Palawan which will benefit around 425 farmer beneficiaries of the four barangays.

Ibato-Iraan SRIP was awarded by NIA Central Office to Oscar R. Sarmiento Const. Inc. (ORSCI) with contract amount of P454 million and the Notice to Proceed was on April 2, 2014. The contract duration is 1,195 calendar days.

However, Right-Of-Way Problem (materials in designated borrow area can’t be extracted without Free and Prior Informed Consent) arose during the implementation of the project which resulted to delays and negative slippages. Upon thorough evaluation of NIA technical personnel, Administrator Visaya instructed the termination of the Ibato-Iraan SRIP effective December 5, 2018.

Final inventory and evaluation of the project accomplishment was conducted in early 2019 to determine the remaining works to be done.

On September 2, 2019, Administrator Visaya personally clarified the issue broadcasted by Radyo Bandera on the delayed implementation of Ibato-Iraan SRIP.

“Please be informed that I have caused the termination of this project with corresponding Liquidated Damages and blacklisting of the concerned construction company”, said Administrator Visaya.

The Administrator further said that, “This will be rebidded this month with the remaining budget. On my watch, I will assure you that erring contractors will be penalized and will pay the damages they owe to the government.”

The NIA Management will exercise its utmost diligence to complete the project on time and to resolve the issues/problems in the project implementation.


September 5, 2019, 11:44 AM


The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) ensures timely and efficient implementation of the P4.37-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP) in Pinukpuk, Kalinga which broke ground on August 08, 2018. As of July 31, 2019, the CRPIP Project Management Office reported an actual project accomplishment of 30.59 percent against the target of 23.48 percent, thereby posting a 7.11 percent ahead of the overall schedule.

Congruently, NIA guaranteed that construction works are all being implemented ahead of the target schedule. To realize this objective, the project contractor, China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd., recently engaged the expertise of Chinese professionals, including engineers, management personnel, and highly-skilled equipment operators who were all granted working visas by the Philippine Government. The said experts are extremely necessary in the performance of highly-technical work functions, such as the construction of the tunnel and pumping station, which completion is set before the end of this year. So far, the project is ahead of schedule due to their effort and efficiency.

At present, CRPIP has 347 Filipino workers, mostly hired from the area. The collaboration of the Filipino workers with the Chinese experts is envisioned to complete the construction work in a shorter period of time and in a more efficient manner.

NIA and CAMCE assure that all legal requirements of the projects are strictly observed and followed. To date, CAMCE had already secured the “alien working permits” for those Chinese experts.

Upon completion, CRPIP will provide substantial and timely irrigation water supply to 8,700 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipality of Tuao and Piat in Cagayan, and the Municipality of Pinukpuk in Kalinga, benefiting 4,350 farmers and their families. The project is expected to create 14,784 jobs during project implementation and 8,700 permanents jobs when the project becomes completely operational. Furthermore, it targets to contribute 36,217 metric tons of milled rice to the country’s rice supply, incurring $15.57 million savings from rice importation and yielding an incremental income of P75,193.00 per hectare per year.

The project includes the construction of Pump House, Transmission Line, Diversion Main Canal, Lateral Canals, Appurtenant Structures, Service/Access Road, and Terminal Facilities. It aims to provide substantial and timely water supply for irrigation in support to the agricultural development thrust of the Government.

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
Mobile: 0995 251 7847
Landline: 921-3741