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NIA Turns Over 2 Irrigation Projects in the Province of Rizal

July 8, 2021, 10:18 AM
 

NIA CALABARZON – Under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) turned over two irrigation projects to two Irrigators Associations (IAs) in the Province of Rizal on June 24, 2021 at Barangay Calawis Covered Court, Antipolo City, Rizal. These project are Calawis Small Irrigation System (Calawis SIS) located in Antipolo City and Palay-Palay Pump Communal Irrigation System (Palay-Palay PCIS) in the Municipality of Jala-Jala with an aggregate cost of P22.007 million.

Calawis SIS, whose water source comes from Calawis Creek, includes the construction of check structure and installation of pipeline with four water tanks and accessories. With a total cost of P15.007 million, the project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation water supply to 43 hectares of agricultural land in Antipolo City, benefitting 20 farmers and their families. Administrator Visaya led the turnover ceremony of the project to Calawis IA, represented by IA President Ronnie R. Idala.

On the other hand, Palay-Palay PCIS, whose water source come from Laguna Lake, includes the fabrication and installation of solar panel board, solar controller/inverter, and solar panel frame. With a total cost of P7,000,000.00, the project is expected to provide a year-round irrigation water supply to 142 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipality of Jala-Jala, benefitting 110 farmers and their families. The project was turned over by NIA Administrator Visaya to Palay-Palay IA, represented by IA President Eliseo SM. Inguito, Jr.

As part of its innovation and modernization platform, NIA ventures into solar-powered pump irrigation projects like Palay-Palay PCIS to replace diesel-powered pumps and generators which emit considerable quantities of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases. In addition, diesel-powered projects are high in operations and maintenance costs. Hence, the Agency started developing solar-powered pump irrigation projects due to its environmental friendliness, durability, and long-term cost-effectiveness.

NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan, NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez, Laguna-Rizal IMO Acting Manager Gerardo R. Perez, represented by Senior Engineer Leilani Dela Cruz, Antipolo City Mayor Andrea B. Ynares, represented by City Councilor Irvin Paulo C. Tapales, Barangay Captain of Calawis, Antipolo City Allan A. Abonio, other NIA Central Office and Regional Officials and employees, some uniformed personnel, and IA members attended the turnover ceremonies.

NIA is now looking forward to the development of more solar and floating solar power projects to cover more agricultural areas nationwide.

From left to right: Antipolo City Councilor Irvin Paulo C. Tapales, NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan, and Engr. Leilani Dela Cruz, Senior Engineer of Laguna-Rizal IMO during the Ceremonial Turnover of Calawis SIS and Palay-Palay PCIS in the Province of Rizal

The Turnover Ceremony of Calawis SIS from NIA to Calawis IA represented by IA President Ronnie R. Idala

The Turnover Ceremony of Palay-Palay PCIS from NIA to Palay-Palay IA represented by IA President Eliseo SM. Inguito, Jr.

Calawis IA Farmers                                                                       

Palay-Palay IA Farmers

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

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Acting Department Manager
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-3741

5,412 farmers to benefit from 18 irrigation projects worth P1.775 billion

July 23, 2021, 5:47 PM
 

NIA Central Office – A total of 5,412 farmers tilling 6,238.96 hectares of agricultural land nationwide will benefit from the 18 irrigation systems recently inaugurated and turned over by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA). These projects with an aggregate cost of P1,775,256,282.00 include 1) ­­P150.44-million San Fabian River Irrigation System (San Fabian RIS) in San Fabian, Pangasinan on July 9, 2021, 2) P1.391-billion Upper Malitubog Service Area (UMSA) in Pikit, North Cotabato on July 8, 2021, 3) P18.5-million Laya West Communal Irrigation System (Laya West CIS) Phase II in Barangay Laya West, Tabuk City, Kalinga on July 7, 2021, and 4) mass turnover of 15 irrigation projects in Region XII amounting to P215,316,282.00 on July 5-8, 2021.

The inauguration of the newly rehabilitated San Fabian RIS under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) was led by NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya in Barangay Binday, San Fabian, Pangasinan, together with NIA Region I Manager Angelito S. Miguel, NISRIP Project Manager Silvino C. Navarro, San Fabian Farmers IA President Bernie Dispo, and Ms. Ayumu Ohshima of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which partly funded the project. Ambassador KOSHIKAWA Kazuhiko of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines delivered his message virtually. With water source from Bued River, the project has a firmed-up service area (FUSA) of 2,116 hectares in the municipalities of San Fabian, San Jacinto, and Manaoag, benefitting 1,566 farmers and their families.

The turnover ceremony of completed irrigation facilities for UMSA was led by Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik at Pikit Gymnasium, Pikit, North Cotabato, together with NIA Region XII Manager Diosdado A. Rosales, MMIP-II Acting Project Manager Saleh P. Kabunto, local government officials, and IAs. With water source from MMIP-II Diversion Dam, UMSA is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation water supply to 2,464.96 hectares of agricultural land in the municipalities of Aleosan and Pikit, benefitting 2,004 farmers comprising 11 organized IAs.

The turnover ceremony of Laya West CIS to Jose Anniban Farmers IA, headed by IA President Reynaldo Wansi, was presided by NIA-CAR Regional Manager Benito T. Espique, Jr. Funded by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the project covers 133 hectares of rice farm in the Barangay Laya West, benefitting 76 farmers and their families. Officials and employees from NIA-Kalinga and DAR-Kalinga, local government officials, and IA officers and members attended the ceremony.

Meanwhile, the four-day mass turnover ceremony of irrigation projects in Region XII was presided by Deputy Administrator Sulaik. On July 5, 2021, Seven Lakes SIP, Labanang SIP, Elvas SIP, and Ala RIS Extension all in the Province of South Cotabato with an aggregate cost of P56,656,687.00 were formally turned over by NIA to four respective IAs. These projects will provide timely and reliable irrigation water supply to 126 hectares of agricultural land in the Province of South Cotabato, benefiiting 67 farmers and their families. During the second day, Badtasan CIS and Domolok-Tokawal CIS were turned over by the Agency to Badtasan IA and Domolok-Tokawal IA. The two projects have a total cost of P51,760,340.00 and will irrigate 944 hectares of farmland in the Province of Sarangani, benefitting 469 farmers and their families.

On July 7, 2021, Buklod SIP, Nati CIS, Kiadsam CIS, Sarip Pedregosa CIS, and SMN CIS were officially turned over by NIA to respective IAs. With an aggregate cost of P76,899,255.00, the five projects will benefit 297 farmers with a total service area of 232 hectares in the Province of Sultan Kudarat. During the fourth day, Malu-ao CIS, Manuangan CIS, Tigbawan CIS, and Midbal CIS were turned over by the Agency to respective IAs. The four projects have a total cost of P30,000,000.00 and will irrigate 223 hectares of farmland in the Province of Cotabato with 933 farmer-beneficiaries. Capping the mass turover ceremonies of irrigation projects was the signing of turnover documents with NIA Deputy Administrator Sulaik, local government officials, and IA officers.

On June 24, 2021, NIA inaugurated the P14.223-million Calawis Small Irrigation System (Calawis SIS) located in Antipolo City, Rizal and P6.657-million Palay-Palay Pump Communal Irrigation System (Palay-Palay PCIS) in the Municipality of Jala-Jala, Rizal. These turned over projects with a total cost of P1,796,137,901.31 are included in the targeted 71 projects to be inaugurated until August 2021. Five other projects are scheduled for turnover before the end of July.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Visaya, assured that the Agency remains unstoppable in providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers amidst pandemic.

 

The Mass Turnover of 15 irrigation projects in Region XII amounting to P215,316,282.00 on July 5-8, 2021 was presided by NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik. Local government officials and IA officers attended the ceremony.

 

The Turnover Ceremony of P18.5-million Laya West Communal Irrigation System (Laya West CIS) Phase II in Barangay Laya West, Tabuk City, Kalinga on July 7, 2021 was presided by NIA CAR Regional Manager Benito T. Espique, Jr. Officials and employees from NIA-Kalinga and DAR-Kalinga, local government officials, and IA officers and members attended the ceremony.

 

The Turnover Ceremony of P1.391-billion Upper Malitubog Service Area (UMSA) in Pikit, North Cotabato on July 8, 2021 was presided by NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik. Also present during the ceremony were NIA Region XII Manager Diosdado A. Rosales, MMIP-II Acting Project Manager Saleh P. Kabunto, local government officials, and IAs.

 

The inauguration of ­­P150.44-million San Fabian River Irrigation System (San Fabian RIS) in San Fabian, Pangasinan on July 9, 2021 presided by NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya and attended by NIA Region I Manager Angelito S. Miguel, NISRIP Project Manager Silvino C. Navarro, San Fabian Farmers IA President Bernie Dispo, and Ms. Ayumu Ohshima of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which partly funded the project.

 

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

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Acting Department Manager
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-374

4,045 FARMERS TO BENEFIT FROM P171.97-MILLION REHABILITATED PORAC-GUMAIN RIS

July 24, 2021, 3:39 PM

 

NIA Region III – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, has completed the newly rehabilitated Porac-Gumain River Irrigation System (PGRIS) in the province of Pampanga.

The rehabilitated Porac-Gumain River Irrigation System under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) is funded through a grant from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) amounting to P171,973,175.95. The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 3,249.95 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipalities of Lubao, Floridablanca, Guagua and Sta. Rita in Pampanga Province, benefitting 4,045 farmers and their families.

The rehabilitation works of Porac-Gumain RIS involved replacement of the falling shutter and provision of trash rack at intake in Porac Dam, replacement of sluicegate with rubber seal in Solib Dam, 10.045 kilometer concrete canal lining, improvement of 20 check gates, and eight (8) Irrigators’ Association (IA) offices with three (3) support facilities.

Further, the implementation of this project was carried out by NISRIP headed by Project Manager Silvino C. Navarro, NIA Region III headed by Regional Manager Josephine B. Salazar, and the Pampanga-Bataan Irrigation Management Office (PAMBAT IMO).

Porac-Gumain RIS is scheduled to hold its inauguration this July 22, 2021 to be attended by the NIA Top Management Officials, His Excellency Ambassador KOSHIKAWA Kazuhiko of the Embassy of Japan, representatives of JICA headed by Chief Representative AZUKIZAWA Eigo, the Pampanga provincial and local government officials, and the project beneficiaries as represented by its Irrigators’ Association (IA) officials. A video message of the Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles was already sent to be part of the program proper.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Visaya, assures that the Agency remains committed to its mandate of providing reliable and sustainable irrigation services to our farmers through the construction of irrigation projects and rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems.

Gumain Dam, Porac-Gumain River Irrigation System

Gumain Dam, Porac-Gumain River Irrigation System

Gumain Main Canal South

Solib Dam, Porac-Gumain River Irrigation System

Carlos Check Gate

Porac-Gumain RIS Irrigators’ Association Council Office

 

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

 

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Acting Department Manager
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-374

 

QUIPOT IP INAUGURATION AND PARTIAL TURNOVER: TO IRRIGATE 2,800 HECTARES IN QUEZON PROVINCE

July 26, 2021, 1:05 PM

 

NIA CALABARZON – Year-round irrigation water and an increase in rice production is now possible in the province of Quezon as the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya inaugurated and partially turned over the Quipot Irrigation Project on July 21, 2021 at Tiaong, Quezon.                     

The locally funded project amounting to P1,499,500,000.00 (Phase1 = P999.5 million, Phase2 = P450 million) objective is to improve the average cropping intensity, increase irrigated area and paddy yields during wet and dry seasons. Its main features are the construction of a diversion works, irrigation facilities and access/ service roads.   It is a Check Gate Barrage Type Diversion Works with an estimated water discharge of 5.95 cu.m. per second with a height and crest length of 5.50m and 50.3m respectively. It is the biggest barrage type dam ever constructed in CALABARZON.    

NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager, Romeo M. Lopez emphasized the possible benefits and outcome of the project for the whole province. “Ang proyektong patubig na ito ay nagpapakita ng potensyal ng Quezon na maging aktibong kabahagi ng pagsulong ng agrikultura hindi lamang dito sa probinsya kundi maging sa buong rehiyon”, said NIA IV-A Regional Manager.

“We are confident that with all your support, commitment and cooperation hindi malayong maabot ng CALABARZON ang food security sa rehiyon”, he added.

This project aims to promote self-sufficiency in rice production in the municipalities of Tiaong, San Antonio, Candelaria and Sariaya, all in Quezon Province and San Juan and Rosario, Batangas.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya said in his speech that this project took long years to happen but President Rodrigo Roa Duterte instructed him to fast tract all projects. “We seek the approval of IATF for us to continue the project dahil hindi pwedeng maantala itong mga ito dahil it is related to food production”, he added. He also said that there were delays like natural disasters and existing COVID-19 pandemic which started last March, despite that “Tuloy Ang Daloy NIA”.

Moreover, NIA Administrator mentioned that the start of devolution will also be the start of a more important task of NIA which is to make the irrigation systems more efficient. The Agency will be concentrating in the management and operation and maintenance of National Irrigation Systems (NIS).

NIA Top Management, Region IV-A and Irrigation Management Office (IMO) Heads and Staff, Local Government Units (LGUs) and Irrigators’ Association (IA) Officers attended the ceremony and voiced their gratitude for the successful project.

From left to right: Atty. Bong Talabong (representative of Congressman David C. Suarez, Tiaong Municipal Mayor Ramon A. Preza, NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, and NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez during the inauguration and partial turnover ceremony of the P1.449-billion Quipot Irrigation Project located in the Municipality of Tiaong, Quezon

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (3rd from left), NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan (4th from left), NIA CALABARZON Regional Manager Romeo M. Lopez (3rd from right), Quezon IMO Manager Fidel P. Martinez (2nd from right), and NIA CALABAZON Engineering and Operations Division Manager Erwin M. Lucela (outermost right), together with local government officials of the Province of Quezon during the inauguration and partial turnover ceremony of Quipot Irrigation Project

NIA Administrator Visaya (4th from left) led the turnover of the symbolic key of Quipot Irrigation Project to Quipot Federation of Irrigators Association, headed by IA President Dante D. Florante (4th from right)

NIA Administrator Visaya delivers his message during the inauguration and partial turnover ceremony of Quipot Irrigation Project

Officials of NIA and Local Government Units in the Province of Quezon, together with the farmer-beneficiaries of Quipot Irrigation Project

 

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

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Acting Department Manager
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-374

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