August 2023

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PARTIAL TYPHOON DAMAGES TO CROPS AND IRRIGATION INFRASTRUCTURES REACH P3.520-BILLION

August 1, 2023, 8:02 AM

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) recorded P3.520-billion partial typhoon damages to crops and irrigation infrastructures brought about by the onslaught of Typhoon Egay. As of July 31, 2023, a total of 69,432 farmers were affected, cultivating 43,875.55 hectares of agricultural land nationwide.

Typhoon Egay, known internationally as Doksuri, made its landfall over Fuga Island in Aparri, Cagayan at 3:10 a.m. local time on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. The typhoon, which brought heavy rains, caused widespread flooding and landslides across several regions of the country, most especially in Northern Luzon. As of the latest Situational Report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the weather disturbance affected 13 regions, 47 provinces, 441 cities/municipalities and 4,111 barangays.

According to the consolidated report of the NIA Operations Department, regions CAR, I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, and Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS) reported significant damages by the typhoon. As of July 31, 2023, the damages caused by ‘Egay’ amounted to P2.415-billion for crops and P1.105-billion for irrigation infrastructures. Some of the damages in irrigation facilities include washed out structures, embankment, canal lining, and protection works, among others.

At present, the NIA, headed by Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen, is continuously conducting field investigation and site visits to gather further data on crops and irrigation infrastructures damages incurred by the Typhoon Egay and to closely monitor the status of the Agency’s irrigation projects.

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For inquiries and/or clarifications, you may contact:
 
EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
Email: pais@nia.gov.ph
Landline: (02) 8921-3741
 

RISE Meeting towards Rice Self-Sufficiency

August 1, 2023, 8:22 AM

Nueva Ecija- Presided by Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary for Rice Industry Development Dr. Leocadio S. Sebastian, the Rice Industry Stakeholders Engagement (RISE) Meeting was conducted on July 27-28, 2023.

NIA OIC-Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector Engr. Josephine B. Salazar led the Department, Regional, Project Managers, and selected NIA key personnel  in attending the first-day meeting  at  the Philippine Rice  Research Institute (PhilRice), Science City of Muñoz.

The discussion concentrated on the preparation and strategies to mitigate the forecasted El Niño through convergence initiatives, formulate action plan for convergence in the Irrigators Associations (IAs), Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs), Small Water Irrigation System Associations (SWISAs), and Farmers Cooperative and Associations (FCAs), discuss guidelines for linking clusters to markets, and Public-Private Partnership, among others.

Undersecretary Sebastian emphasized that the targeted 1M hectares that will provide 8 million tons per hectare are located in the CISs and NISs of NIA, and if achieved, the 97.5% rice self-sufficiency goal of President Bongbong Marcos will be realized. However, there must be a strong working convergence between the Department of Agriculture (DA) agencies and other government entities.

The second day of RISE Meeting was conducted at the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), Central Luzon State University (CLSU) Compound. This undertaking focused on the global and local rice situation, provision of support to rice clusters, development of provincial rice industry development plans, popularization, value-chain initiatives and plans for Masagana Rice Industry Development Program (MRIDP).

Deputy Executive Director for Special Concerns on the Implementation of Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund Dep. Flordeliza H. Bordey, Ph.D., Noel O. Reyes of Office of the Undersecretary for Rice Industry Development, Dir. Glenn DC. Estrada of MRIDP Value Chain and Digitalization, Dr. Vivencio Mamaril of Office of the Assistant Secretary for Operations, key officials and representatives from National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), National Food Authority (NFA), and PhilMech Team were present. For uniform understanding of their programs, they presented their initiative plans to the body.

The two-day discourse successfully built and secured cooperation and coordination between rice stakeholders to boost rice productivity and improve farm mechanization in the Philippines.

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For inquiries and/or clarifications, you may contact:

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
Email: pais@nia.gov.ph
Landline: (02) 8921-3741

Meet the New DAAF

August 10, 2023, 8:04 AM

Meet the new Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

On August 9, 2023, NIA Deputy Administrator Robert Victor G. Seares, Jr. took his Oath of Office before Executive Secretary Lucas P. Bersamin at the Malacañang Palace, San Miguel, Manila.

Let us know him with these 10 amazing facts.

1. Deputy Administrator Seares was born and raised by a family of medical professionals and public servants.

2. A graduate of Bachelor of Science major in Botany at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST), he further pursued Doctor of Medicine at Our Lady of Fatima until his junior year.

3. At the age of 40, he became the Administrator of the National Tobacco Administration (NTA), the youngest ever appointed to the position. Like father like son, his late father, Mr. Robert Lizardo Seares, M.D., also served as NTA Administrator.

4. He implemented DA’s twin objectives of Masaganang Ani, Mataas na Kita by increasing the productivity and income of farmers by 5% and 11% per annum, respectively. He spearheaded the construction of the first solar powered irrigation system in Cordillera (Barangay Kimmalaba) and the development of the Sustainable Tobacco Enhancement Program, a five-year industry development roadmap in line with the OneDA Strategy to accelerate the modernization and industrialization of the tobacco industry.

5. A young achiever, he first ran and won as Municipal Mayor of Dolores, Abra at the young age of 30. He served as local chief executive, not just once but for three consecutive terms (from 2010 to 2019).

6. A true public servant, he made Dolores a consistent awardee of DILG Seal of Good Governance Awardee (2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019).

7. While he always speaks about increasing farmers' productivity and income, securing employees' welfare is his top priority. He led the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Social Security System and NTA to provide benefits to Contract of Service (COS) and Job Order (JO) workers.

8. He was a recipient of the Most Outstanding Mayor Award for 2013 by the Superbrand Marketing International, Inc. (SMI), the only international award-giving body in Marketing/Branding in the Philippines.

9. With passion in serving the public, he received numerous awards and recognitions for his exemplary performance in local governance, such as the inclusion of his town to the Top 5 Nationwide in terms of Excellence in Public Service based on the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) Report Card 2017 of the Civil Service (ARTA Awardee).

10. He is married to Jennifer Tiu Seares from Davao City, a Member of the Board of Directors of Movie and Television Regulatory Commission Board (MTRCB). They are blessed with four handsome boys all named "Victor," after the triumphs and blessings in the life of Robert Victor.

With his outstanding credentials and performance in the Executive Department, NIA looks forward to more years of irrigation service excellence.

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Former NTA Administrator Seares (middle) takes his oath as NIA Deputy Administrator before Executive Secretary Bersamin (2nd from left). NIA Acting Administrator Eddie Guillen (outermost left), Piddig Municipal Mayor Georgina Guillen (outermost right), and Deputy Administrator Seares’ wife, Jennifer Tiu Seares (2nd from right), witnessed the ceremony.

AVP ON AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT

August 16, 2023, 10:36 AM

WATCH: NIA invites all interested investors to venture into aquaculture development at the Pantabangan Reservoir, Barangay Conversion, Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija.

Know more about Pantabangan Dam’s great potential for aquaculture production by watching this video.

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