March 2024

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82 COMPLETED SOLAR IRRIGATION PROJECTS IN 2023 TO AID IN EL NIÑO MITIGATION

March 15, 2024, 9:39 AM

NIA Central Office – A total of 82 solar power-driven pump irrigation projects were completed nationwide by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) headed by Administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen in 2023.

For CY 2023, there are 150 potential irrigation sites for solar power-driven amounting to Php 1,654,583,000. Of which, NIA already completed the construction of 82 solar power-driven pump irrigation projects amounting to Php 667,957,000 as of December 31, 2023. These projects provide reliable irrigation water supply to 866 hectares of agricultural land nationwide benefitting 1,061 farmers and their families.

As President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. stresses the urgency to institute measures for the impact of the El Niño phenomenon, the NIA looks into harnessing the potential benefits of renewable energy sources in providing irrigation service to help address depleting water supply due to El Niño.

Through solar power-driven pump irrigation projects, the NIA sees that solar irrigation projects can augment the decreasing irrigation water supply from dams and reservoirs during this phenomenon. This innovative technology can also be used in areas where the construction of dams may not be feasible. In installing more solar power-driven pump irrigation projects, these can aid Filipino farmers to boost their harvests.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Francisco P. Tiu Laurel, Jr. even emphasized that solar-powered irrigation was among the measures identified to mitigate the effects of El Niño.

In the Ilocos Region, the San Ildefonso Solar Pump Irrigation Project located in Arnap, San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur was completed in December 2023 under the NIA Region I headed by Regional Manager Engr. Danilo V. Gomez. The project now provides irrigation water supply to 15 hectares of agricultural land and benefitting 20 farmers and their families.

Furthermore, the successful completion in 2021 of the Kapatiran Solar Pump Irrigation System in Sampaloc, San Rafael, Bulacan has led to the establishment of two more solar pump irrigation systems in Bulacan in 2023: the BUSPAN Solar Pump Irrigation System in Malamig, Bustos and the ANBUSPA Solar Pump Irrigation System in Tibagan, Bustos. The Kapatiran Solar Pump Irrigation System, which was the pilot solar project of NIA Region III, led by Engr. Josephine B. Salazar, features 115 solar panels with 60 kWp capacity installed on top of its irrigation canal, providing irrigation water supply to 150 hectares of agricultural land in San Rafael, Bulacan and benefiting 114 farmers. Since its operation, there has been a significant reduction of more than half of its Annual Average Electrical Expenses. While, the BUSPAN Solar Pump Irrigation System has a service area of 350 hectares and 320 farmer-beneficiaries, while the ANBUSPA Solar Pump Irrigation System irrigates 1,200 hectares of farmland and benefits 1,000 farmers and their families.

In the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 21 solar pump irrigation projects (SPIP) were completed under NIA CAR Regional Manager Engr. Benito Espique, Jr. in 2023. These projects were strategically located in different areas of the region, with nine situated in the Province of Abra, two in West Apayao Abulug Irrigation System (WAAIS), seven in Kalinga, and one at the Upper Chico River Irrigation System-Mallig, Isabela area. Two solar projects in Apayao and Kalinga were funded under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-Irrigation Component (CARP-IC) now serving 87 hectares. The total allocation of P106.9 million under NIA’s Establishment of Groundwater Pump Irrigation Project Solar Power-Driven Pump Irrigation Projects (EGPIP-Solar) fund has enabled the operation of 19 solar projects,  now benefitting a total area of 253 hectares with 365 farmers.

The Santor Rizal Solar Pump Irrigation Project (SPIP) Phase II in Rizal, Kalinga is one of the 21 solar pump projects completed by NIA CAR in 2023. Funded under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-Irrigation Component (CARP-IC), the Santor Rizal SPIP Phase II generated new area of 72 hectares and benefitting 60 farmers and their families.

As the NIA continues its ventures for solar power-driven irrigation projects to irrigate lands free from the burden of shouldering high fuel costs, the Agency sees the potential of solar irrigation projects in mitigating the effects of El Niño and in supporting the agricultural development of the country. 

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For inquiries and/or clarifications, you may contact:

 

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA

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NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff

Email: pais@nia.gov.ph

Landline: (02) 8921-3741

 

BUSPAN Solar Pump Irrigation System with service area of 350 hectares and 320 farmer-beneficiaries located in Malamig, Bustos, Bulacan 

ANBUSPA Solar Pump Irrigation System situated in Tibagan, Bustos, Bulacan irrigating 1,200 hectares of farmland and benefitting 1,000 farmers and their families 

Santor Rizal Solar Pump Irrigation Project (SPIP) Phase II in Rizal, Kalinga generated new area of 72 hectares with 60 farmer-beneficiaries 

San Ildefonso Solar Pump Irrigation Project located in Arnap, San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur with service area of 15 hectares and benefitting 20 farmers and their families 

Kapatiran Solar Pump Irrigation System at AMRIS North Main Canal in Sampaloc, San Rafael, Bulacan 

SETTING THE BAR: ISABELA SETS A NEW YIELD STANDARD FOR LOCAL FARMERS

March 19, 2024, 1:53 PM

On March 15, 2024, the Francis Domingo Nitura (FDN) Integrated Farm proudly hosted its Harvest Day World Breaking Rice Project 2024, a groundbreaking event that aimed to challenge the existing Asian record for crop harvesting that took place at the FDN Farm located in Ballesteros, Aurora, Isabela. 

Led by Baluarte's Irrigators Association (IA) President, Mr. Francisco Domingo Nitura himself, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) along with its Central Office and the NIA Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA MARIIS) were present to witness the event. FDN served as a service area under NIA MARIIS Division 3, further underscoring the significance of the occasion.

The event was also witnessed by Department of Agriculture (DA) Assistant Secretary Noel Padre, DA OIC Regional Executive Director, Undersecretary Department of Justice (DOJ) Eric Vids, Regional Field Office-II Rose Mary G. Aquino, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) Deputy Executive Director Karen Barroga Ph.D., DA Cagayan Valley Research Center Agricultural Center Chief III/Manager Engr. Rolando Pedro, National Seed Quality Control Services (NSQCS) San Mateo Isabela Bureau of Plant Industry Center Chief  Julito Claveron, Ph.D. , Agricultural Training Institute OIC Center Director Claris Alaska, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Provincial Director Vilma C. Cabrera, Representatives from the  Provincial Government of Isabela, Narra Palawan Council members, and other notable agencies. This also includes attendees from Isabela State University Cauayan Campus such as President Ricmar P. Aquino, Ph.D., College of Agriculture Dean Dr. Jonathan N. Nayga, and interns, retired lawyers transitioning  back to farming from Ateneo School of Law Utopia Fraternity,  and other aspiring individuals dedicated to the pursuit of agriculture. 

This event represented a historic milestone as it marked the first official validation of cropping results. Despite falling short of the intended target, the measured outcomes showcased an average yield of 11,570 kilograms per hectare (231.4 cavans per hectare) on wet weight and 9,606.54 kilograms per hectare (192.13 cavans per hectare) on dry weight, surpassing a mere world record. The event instilled a newfound belief among farmers that extraordinary achievements are attainable. Encouraged by this realization, Mr. Nitura recounted his experience upon returning from the United States, where he gathered feedback indicating no improvement in yield. This led him to explore mechanical transplanters, revolutionizing farming practices into a more streamlined and efficient process.

He addressed everyone, especially our hard-working farmers, emphasizing that it's not just about breaking world records, but about sparking inspiration among Filipino farmers. He encouraged them to adopt modern farming technologies to ensure our food security, increase yields and income, decrease the production and cost of kilo per palay, and most of all, improve farmers' livelihood across the country. This aligns with the overarching goal of Bagong Pilipinas, which prioritizes food security to guarantee food supply for the nation. Let's inspire and innovate within the field of agriculture to pave the way for a prosperous future.

 

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Measuring and validating the yields for Harvest Day World Breaking Rice Project 2024

Mr. Francis Domingo Nitura leading the Harvest Day World Breaking Rice Project 2024

Mr. Nitura sharing his farming experience with the attendees in preparation for the groundbreaking event

Farmers harvesting crops for the Harvest Day World Breaking Rice Project 2024

Farmers harvesting crops for the Harvest Day World Breaking Rice Project 2024

Measuring and validating the yields for Harvest Day World Breaking Rice Project 2024

Mr. Nitura with the National Irrigation Administration, Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), and other notable agencies attending and witnessing the success of Harvest Day World Breaking Rice Project 2024

NIA INTRODUCES ENHANCED DESIGN-AND-BUILD PROCUREMENT GUIDELINES FOR IRRIGATION INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

March 25, 2024, 9:21 PM

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) takes immense pride in announcing the approval of its new Design-and-Build (DB) Procurement Guidelines for Irrigation Infrastructure Projects.

The approval of the NIA Board on this strategic instrument on March 21, 2024, marks a significant milestone in the agency’s commitment to fostering efficiency, transparency, and innovation of the organization to contribute to the BUILD BETTER MORE Program of the Marcos Jr. Administration.

Designed to streamline the infrastructure development and procurement processes while ensuring optimal quality and cost-effectiveness, these guidelines embody the NIA’s unwavering dedication to modernize irrigation systems across the nation. With these enhancements, the agency aims to address the evolving needs of the agricultural sector and propel sustainable development in rural communities, achieving a significant increase in the quality of life of Filipino farmers.

The approved of the DB Guidelines is anchored on the provisions of RA 9184 otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act specifically Annex G of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). The DB Guidelines of NIA was also benchmarked with that of DPWH, ensuring that the NIA leverages on the successful experiences of DPWH in the past several years.

About the DB Procurement Approach:

The DB approach entails that the contractor implements both the design and construction of a project, guaranteeing its completion without error. Unlike the traditional procurement methods, the D-B approach focuses on performance, outlining what the infrastructure facility should achieve without specifying the exact design and construction methods. NIA’s responsibility is to provide the Minimum Performance Standards and Specifications (MPSS), and the contractor will adopt its own design and build the facility, compliant with NIA’s standards. The guidelines will also introduce a modern way of facilitating D-B procurement, leveraging Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems used in large private sector projects and selected foreign-funded projects of the government.

Key Benefits of DB Approach:

  1. Streamlined Procedures: The guidelines introduce simplified and standardized procedures, reducing administrative burden and expediting project design and implementation timelines. The DB Approach is expected to cut project delivery from preparation to implementation by approximately 36 months.
  2. Singular Responsibility, Holistic Approach: By entrusting both design and construction to the contractor, accountability is streamlined, reducing administrative burden. the guidelines promote collaboration and synergy among stakeholders involved in project planning, design, and construction phases. This holistic approach fosters innovation, enhances project coordination, and minimizes potential conflicts, resulting in optimized project outcomes.
  3. Innovation, Modernization, and Quality Assurance: The D-B approach encourages private sector innovation and use of advanced technologies in designing and implementing projects, leading to more efficient and effective infrastructure solutions.  Through rigorous quality control measures and performance-based specifications, both NIA and the private sector can uphold the highest standards of construction excellence, ensuring the durability, reliability, and sustainability of irrigation infrastructure assets.
  4. Transparency and Accountability: The guidelines prioritize outcomes within project budget which will foster a level playing field and will promote market efficiency and integrity, while safeguarding public trust in NIA’s procurement processes.

The NIA Administrator commended the collective efforts of the Board of Directors, the management team, its consultant the REID Foundation, and stakeholders in developing these forward-thinking guidelines. “I am confident that these enhancements will serve as a catalyst for transformative change, driving inclusive growth and resilience in our agricultural landscape. Moving forward, the National Irrigation Administration remains steadfast in our commitment to advance irrigation infrastructure development, empowering farming communities, and ensuring food security for generations to come.” 

 

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