April 2022

04/04/2022 - 6:59am
04/05/2022 - 11:34am
04/05/2022 - 1:51pm
04/13/2022 - 4:09pm

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AGRO-ECOTOURISM: THE P875-MILLION CABANO SRIP

April 4, 2022, 6:59 AM
 

NIA Region VI – Agro-ecotourism and continuous irrigation service is now possible to the six barangays in the Municipality of San Lorenzo in the Province of Guimaras, as National Irrigation Administration (NIA) headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya held the Groundbreaking Ceremony and Capsule-Laying of Cabano Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) on March 23, 2022.

The P875-million project aims to increase agricultural production and alleviate the living conditions of local farmers and provision of assured irrigation water. Service area is located in Barangays Aguilar, M. Chavez, Suclaran, Cabungahan, San Enrique, and Cabano in the Municipality of San Lorenzo which comprises a total agricultural land area of 861 hectares with 1,304 farmer-beneficiaries.

In his speech, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya said that aside from irrigation service, Cabano SRIP can be a source of income for the Local Government Units (LGUs). One of the plans of NIA is to convert the project area into a tourist destination. With 3,280 hectares, the Agency allocated about 10% for other purposes like recreational and aquaculture activities.

“Hindi lang ang mag bebenefit dito ay magsasaka, actually lahat kayo, lahat ng mga taga Guimaras, lahat ng may gusto ng additional income, itong Cabano Small Reservoir Irrigation Project ay malaking tulong sa inyo”, he emphasized.

The construction of the project will induce additional employment to the locals and the area has potential for agro-ecotourism, a sustainable livelihood option that could benefit the communities surrounding the project area.  The project will likely create more marketing opportunities. The Agency is not only focusing on the full water potential to be impounded for irrigation, but also to improve the socio-economic status of the Filipino farmers.

Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du, Regional Manager Rory F. Avance, JRMP-II Project Manager Jonel B. Borres, and other NIA employees also visited the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project – Stage II (JRMP-II) site and attended the Coordination Meeting for project briefing and status update with Daewoo Engineering and Construction (DEC) and Korean Rural Community – Joint Venture (KRC-JV) on March 22, 2022 at HSE Training Room, DEC Temporary Facilities Yard, Calinog, Iloilo.

Amidst the pandemic, JRMP-II remains on schedule with an overall physical accomplishment of 47. 37% as of February 2022.

Blessing Ceremony of Cabano SRIP

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (2nd from left) leads the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of the Cabano SRIP, together with Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector

Laying of the Time Capsule

Administrator Visaya delivers his message.

NIA Top Management, Region VI, and JRMP-II Officials, together with the farmer-beneficiaries of Cabano SRIP

Jalaur Afterbay Dam viewing upstream

Jalaur High Dam viewing downstream

 

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

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff

 

P1.173 billion worth of irrigation projects inaugurated in MIMAROPA

April 5, 2022, 11:34 AM
 

NIA MIMAROPA – A total of 6,795.50 hectares of agricultural land in MIMAROPA Region will now have an access to a reliable and sustainable irrigation service as the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) inaugurated and turned over 21 irrigation projects with an aggregate cost of P1,173,812,000.00 to the farmers and irrigators associations (IAs) in MIMAROPA Region on March 29, 2022. These irrigation projects will provide agricultural and socio-economic benefits to a total of 1,784 farmers and their families.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya led the Inauguration and Partial Turnover of the P890.15-million Bongabong River Irrigation Project located in Barangay Lisap, Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro. Started in CY 2012, the project was completed in CY 2021 with a service area of 5,859 hectares covering the municipalities of Bongabong, Roxas, and Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro, benefitting 1,250 farmers and their families.

NIA also turned over 20 Communal Irrigation projects (CIPs) to the Irrigators Associations (IAs) of MIMAROPA. Seven of these projects amounting to P156.2 million are located in Oriental Mindoro, five projects worth P59.568 million are in the Province of Occidental Mindoro, four projects with an aggregate cost of P23.894 million are in the Province of Marinduque, two projects amounting to P24 million are in the Province of Romblon, and two projects worth P20 million are in the Province of Palawan. These projects have a total project cost of P283.66 million with a service area of 936.50 hectares and 534 farmer-beneficiaries.

NIA MIMAROPA Regional Manager William P. Ragodon, Engineering and Operations Division Manager Lowell L. Lozano, Mindoro Oriental-Marinduque-Romblon IMO Manager Gerardo R. Perez, Occidental Mindoro IMO Manager Raymundo L. Calusin, Management and Security Consultant Col Samuel Gayongorsa (Ret), 203rd Brigade Commander BGen Jose Augusto Villareal, Public Affairs and Information Staff (PAIS) Department Manager Eden Victoria C. Selva, some uniformed personnel, IA officers, and farmer-beneficiaries were present during the inaugural ceremony.

Following the inauguration and turnover ceremony of irrigation projects was the Blessing, Ribbon-Cutting, and Inauguration of the NIA MIMAROPA Covered Court, NIA-IA Training Center, and Office Improvements (Medical Clinic and Lactation Room).

INAUGURATION AND PARTIAL TURNOVER OF BONGABONG RIVER IRRIGATION PROJECT AND 20 COMMUNAL IRRIGATION SYSTEMS IN MIMAROPA

Blessing and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of the Bongabong River Irrigation Project

Unveiling of the Marker of the Bongabong River Irrigation Project

Ceremonial Opening of the Gates of the Bongabong River Irrigation Project

NIA Administrator Visaya (3rd from left) and MIMAROPA Regional Manager Ragodon (2nd from left) turn over the documents of the Bongabong River Irrigation Project to seven IAs represented by KALIMAPU IA President Eduardo L. Ramilo, together with other officials of NIA MIMAROPA.

Buhid Tribe of Barangay Batangan, Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro renders an ethnic dance during the inauguration of Bongabong River Irrigation Project.

NIA Administrator Visaya delivers his message.

Bongabong River Irrigation Project

NIA Administrator Visaya (left) and NIA MIMAROPA Regional Manager Ragodon (right) unveils the layout of the projects for turnover to the IAs of MIMAROPA.

NIA Administrator Visata (middle) turns over the symbolic key of the P20.368-million Kabangkalan Small Irrigation Project (Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro) to the farmer-beneficiaries of Kabangkalan, represented by IA President Cecilia Lobrin Mambog (4th from right), together with NIA MIMAROPA Regional Manager Ragodon (3rd from right) and other NIA officials.

BLESSING AND RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY OF THE NIA-IA TRAINING CENTER, COVERED COURT, AND OFFICE IMPROVEMENTS

NIA Administrator Visaya (right) and NIA MIMAROPA Regional Manager Ragodon (left) during the Blessing and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of the NIA-IA Training Center, Covered Court, and Office Improvements

Unveiling of the Marker of the NIA-IA Training Center

Unveiling of the Marker of the NIA MIMAROPA Covered Court

Blessing Ceremony of the NIA MIMAROPA Medical Clinic and Lactation Room

NIA MIMAROPA Medical Clinic and Lactation Room

 

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

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-3741 loc. 113

 

P123.403-million solar and automated irrigation projects inaugurated in NIA UPRIIS

April 5, 2022, 1:51 PM
 

NIA UPRIIS – With its continuous pursuit of providing improved delivery of irrigation services to the Filipino farmers, the National Irrigation Administration – Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (NIA-UPRIIS) led the inauguration of four NIA projects on March 18, 2022 in the Province of Nueva Ecija.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, together with Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du, led the inaugural ceremony of the following projects: 1) P28.604-million Jaen Solar Irrigation Project located in the Municipality of Jaen, 2) P18.895-million Natividad Solar Irrigation Project in the Municipality of Gen. Mamerto Natividad, 3) P68.9-million Automated Rizal Dam and Headgates, and 4) P7.003-million Electro-Mechanical Steel Gate of the Pampanga River Irrigation System (PRIS) in the Municipality of Rizal. These projects have an aggregate cost of P123,403,455.24. These projects will collectively provide an easier and more efficient irrigation water regulation to an approximate total irrigated area of 147,158 hectares of agricultural land in five cities and 30 municipalities in four provinces namely, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Pampanga, and Tarlac, benefitting about 102,092 farmers and their families.

The construction of Jaen Solar Project, whose main water source comes from creek and drainage reuse from rice fields of Cabanatuan City, Aliaga, and Sta. Rosa. It features PV Panel Module (1.56M x 2.108M), 5KW Hybrid System with 4.0 units 20 HP – 6.0” DIA type and size of conduit, and 0.80 cm/s discharge. Since its completion on August 27, 2021, the project was already used to provide sufficient irrigation water supply to ALSAPAM and IMPAMACOR Irrigators Associations during the previous cropping season.

The establishment of Natividad Solar Project, whose water source comes from a deep well, was completed on March 14, 2022 and is expected to benefit 60 hectares of agricultural land in Barangay Manarog, benefitting 50 farmers of KASAMNA IA once fully operational. The project features 112 panels with 44,800 watts, 1,200-meter length of conveyance, two pipe outlets, 30 HP Hybrid System, and 0.07 cm/s discharge.

As NIA continues to venture in modernization projects aligned with Administrator Visaya’s Four-Point Agenda, the Agency also inaugurated the Upgrading/Automation of Rizal Dam and Head Gates. Started on April 6, 2020, the upgrading and automation of the project includes the supply, delivery, installation, testing, and commissioning of equipment for dam controls, monitoring sensors, and control center for PRIS.

Moreover, the Agency unveiled the Electro-Mechanical Steel Gates of PRIS which is also situated in Barangay. Poblacion West, Rizal, Nueva Ecija. The project includes the supply, delivery, and installation of seven automated electro-mechanical steel gates, as well as the improvement of existing gate structures at PRIS Main Canal in UPRIIS Division II. The completion of this project signifies the Agency’s commitment to continuously develop, construct, operate, and maintain irrigation facilities that are resilient and climate change adaptive. This will provide an easier and more efficient irrigation water regulation to 14,353.34 hectares of agricultural land, with about 9,435 farmer-beneficiaries in the Municipalities of Rizal, Gen. Natividad and Llanera, Nueva Ecija.

UPRIIS Department Manager Bote, Division II Manager Alvin L. Manuel, Sr., Division III Manager Elenita L. Toquero, Public Affairs and Information Staff (PAIS) Department Manager Eden Victoria C. Selva, some uniformed personnel, and farmer-beneficiaries were present during the inaugural ceremonies.

As per the directive of Administrator Visaya, no political personalities were invited in accordance to Omnibus Election Code and NIA Memorandum Circular No. 16, series 2022, which states that the Agency’s resources and official meetings shall not be used for any electioneering and partisan political activities during the campaign period for 2022 National Elections.

From left to right: NIA Administrator Visaya, UPRIIS Department Manager Bote, and Deputy Administrator Du during the Blessing, Ribbon-Cutting, and Inaugural Ceremony of Jaen and Natividad Solar Projects

Unveiling of the Marker of Jaen Solar Project in Jaen, Nueva Ecija

From left to right: NIA Administrator Visaya, UPRIIS Department Manager Bote, UPRIIS Administrative and Finance Division Manager Milca Cayanga, and Deputy Administrator Du during the Blessing, Ribbon-Cutting, and Inaugural Ceremony of Electro-Mechanical Steel Gate of the Pampanga River Irrigation System

Blessing, Ribbon-Cutting, and Inaugural Ceremony of the Automated Rizal Dam and Head Gate

Unveiling of the Marker of the Automated Rizal Dam and Head Gates and PRIS Electro-Mechanical Steel Gates

Motor House and Control Area of the Pampanga River Irrigation System

Capping the program of the inauguration ceremony was the presentation of Plaque of Appreciation by the farmer-beneficiaries of ALSAPAM IA of UPRIIS Division headed by IA President Pedrito Sanchez. The plaque was presented by Division Federation of IAs headed by IA President Victor Hernandez and IA President Jaime Laysa, Sr.

 

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

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-3741 loc. 113

 

More Areas to Feed the Land

April 13, 2022, 4:09 PM
 

NIA Region XI – With the goal of providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to 980 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipality of New Corella, Davao del Norte, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) conducted the Soft Inauguration of the P622-million Upper Saug River Irrigation Project on April 8, 2022.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, together with Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du, led the inaugural ceremony of the said project. Its components include the construction of a diversion dam and its irrigation facilities, project facility, supplemental drainage, road system, and slope protection works.

Started in 2016 and programmed for completion by December 2022, the project will benefit 310 farmers and their families. Initially, the completed structures can already serve an area of 407 hectares of farmland with 141 farmer-beneficiaries of San Roque, Sto. Niño, Suawon, Limbaan Irrigators Association (SARONISULIA), Inc. The remaining 8.78 kilometers of Lateral D, E, F, and G Canals and one unit of canal structure will eventually serve an additional area of 573 hectares with 169 farmer-beneficiaries from two IAs.

NIA Region XI Manager Jimmy L. Apostol, Davao Del Norte IMO Manager Larry Franada, SARONISULIA President Gil B. Japay, Supervising Institutional Development Officer Renato E. Cosmod, some uniformed personnel, and farmer-beneficiaries were present during the inaugural ceremony.

The event concluded with the pre-recorded video message of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte where he acknowledged the efforts of everyone involved in the implementation of Upper Saug River Irrigation Project.

NIA Administrator Visaya (3rd from right), Deputy Administrator Du (3rd from left), and Regional Manager Apostol (outermost left), together with other NIA officials during the Blessing and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of the Upper Saug River Irrigation Project

Unveiling of the Marker of Upper Saug River Irrigation Project

Administrator Visaya delivers his message.

Pre-Recorded Video Message of President Duterte

Upper Saug River Irrigation Project

 

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

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-3741 loc. 113

 

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