April 2024

04/19/2024 - 2:16pm
04/30/2024 - 1:55pm
04/30/2024 - 2:20pm


April 19, 2024, 2:16 PM

Amidst El Niño phenomenon, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) remains steadfast in providing sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers, especially in Mindanao.

Under the leadership of Administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen, NIA successfully implemented the P5.133-billion MMIP-II located in Barangay Villarica, Midsayap, North Cotabato. As of March 2024, the project recorded an overall weighted physical accomplishment (OWPA) of 99.56%. A series of test runs on the completed canal structures in the Lower Malitubog Service Area was conducted on March 18, 2024. It aims to test the readiness and operating condition of the structures before it will be turned over to its farmer-beneficiaries.

With water source from the Maridagao River, MMIP-II covers 9,528 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipality of Aleosan, North Cotabato, and the towns of Pangalungan and Datu Montawal in Maguindanao del Sur under the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The project has 4,043 farmer-beneficiaries.

Guided by the battlecry of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. for unity to achieve lasting peace and national progress, Administrator Guillen advocates bayanihan and personally talked to the residents about the positive impacts of MMIP-II completion in their livelihood. He met with the IA presidents and members and highlighted the importance of IAs’ support and cooperation towards the realization of the project.

The installation of solar sump pumps along the dike is eyed to provide irrigation to the dried-up areas with a convertible facility for proper water management and agricultural production. Once proven effective, it will be replicated in the fertile agricultural areas within Liguasan Marsh that will ultimately transform the said area into an economic zone of Southern Mindanao. The project also intends to achieve and sustain peace and order in the region through social and agricultural development.

To further develop the irrigated agriculture in Mindanao, NIA targets to implement another P2.1-billion worth of irrigation project in the Lower Malitubog area with a service area of 800 hectares. This coincides to the directive of Administrator Guillen to prioritize, intensify, and accelerate the implementation of development initiatives, such as irrigation facilities for the improvement of BARMM. It is in consonance with the 5-Point Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity Agenda of the President Marcos, Jr. towards healing and reconciliation in the Bangsamoro.

NIA is also one with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (OPAPRU) and BARMM ministries in promoting lasting, sustainable, and peaceful MILF communities.  On January 23, 2024, the Agency attended the Ceremonial Launching of the Master Development Plan for Camp Abubakar in Barira, Maguindano del Norte. The said activity was a manifestation of the collective efforts of various government agencies from the national government and the BARMM.

The Master Development Plan was crafted by the National Housing Authority (NHA) and was presented by NHA Region IX and BARMM Regional Manager Engr. Al-Khwarizmi Indanan. Initially, it features 234 housing units that will be built in FY 2024. It includes access roads, telecommunication facilities, potable water sources, agricultural plantation areas, institutional and religious buildings, health facilities, and commercial areas.

Spanning up to 300 hectares, Camp Abubakar will now be transformed into a zone of peace and development in Mindanao. Indeed, a legacy of hope and #BagongPilipinas for the Filipino people.




A series of test runs on the completed canal structures in the Lower Malitubog Service Area was successfully conducted on March 18, 2024.



A series of test runs on the completed canal structures in the Lower Malitubog Service Area was successfully conducted on March 18, 2024. 



Administrator Guillen gives his message to the IA Presidents and Members of Proper Macabual IA, Macabual Kaltan Farmers IA, Kaltan Balong Farmers IA, Tambak Balong IA, Nalkatan Manaulanan IA, Manaulanan IA, Talitay Inug-Ug IA, Manaulanan Katilacan IA, Damalasak Silik Farmers IA, Damalasak Katilacan IA, Tuka Punol IA, Labo-Labo Farmers IA, and Lateral P and O IA. 



RMC 2 Canal of MMIP-II 


The participants of the Ceremonial Launching of the Master Development Plan for Camp Abubakar in Barira, Maguindano del Norte do the “peace sign” to signify their support toward peace and development in MILF communities. 



April 30, 2024, 1:55 PM
On April 25, 2024, NIA Region V launched KADIWA sa NIA Program at NIA Albay-Catanduanes Irrigation Management Office (ACIMO), Ligao City, Albay.
The KADIWA stores offered rice products sold at P20.00 per kilogram for members of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Senior Citizens, and Persons with Disability (PWDs) and P35.00 for regular customers. It serves as a way of Irrigators Associations (IAs) to return the blessings they received from the government to less privileged people of their community.
Aside from affordable rice products, different fruits and vegetables, rice cakes (kakanin), delicacies, and other products of farmers were made available at Kadiwa stalls.
NIA Region V KADIWA Program supports the government's initiative to help IAs market their goods directly to consumers and to make food accessible and cheap for all Filipinos. It became successful with the efforts of NIA Regional Manager Engr. Gaudencio M. De Vera, Albay-Catanduanes IMO Manager Engr. Jessie D. Baynas, and ACIMO IA Federation President Melanio Bañares.
IA President Bañares was delighted on the successful launching of the program. According to him, it is fulfilling for them, IA leaders and members, to share their blessings from the bountiful harvest on the previous cropping season amidst El Niño.
Moreover, the bountiful harvest is a testament to the government’s convergence, showcasing effective collaborative initiatives. And despite the challenges posed by the El Niño Phenomenon, the harvest remains abundant and continues to flourish.
Under the leadership of NIA Administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen, NIA remains firm to its commitment of increasing rice production and attaining food sufficiency. It is also a vital contribution towards the realization of #BagongPilipinas advocacy of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.


April 30, 2024, 2:20 PM

President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., along with NIA Administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen, marked a significant milestone with the inauguration of the Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project – Stage II (MMIP-II) on April 29, 2024 in Barangay Bagoinged, Pikit, Cotabato. President Marcos led the official opening of the Right Main Canal 2 Headgate of Laterals C and D that convey the water 36 kilometers away from Maridagao Dam to the said barangay.

“Sa awa ng Diyos, narito tayo ngayon para pasinayahan ang MMIP-II na tiyak na makatutulong sa ating mga kababayan dito. Pinili namin ang lugar na ito para sa inagurasyon upang ipakita na ang tubig mula sa Maridagao River kahit na malayo ay kaya nang ipaabot ang tubig pang-irigasyon sa ating mga magsasaka dito sa Pikit Cotabato”, said NIA Administrator Guillen during the event.

MMIP-II is a multi-year project covering the municipalities of Pikit and Aleosan in Cotabato, and Pagalungan and Datu Paglas in Maguindanao Del Sur, BARMM. The project is designed to irrigate 9,528 hectares of farmland, benefiting around 4,000 farmers, including former MILF combatants or the decommissioned combatants. The project aims not only to increase agricultural productivity and livelihoods but also to improve peace and order in the region. The irrigation project, a testament to visionary leadership and collaborative efforts, signifies a new era of progress and unity in the Philippines.

During President Marcos’ message, he passionately highlighted the great importance of irrigation as a catalyst for sustainable development and societal well-being.

"Ang canal ng MMIP-II ay hindi lang agusan ng tubig. Hindi lang daluyan ng buhay at bukal ng pag-asa ng ating lahi. Without water, there are no farms. Without farms, [there will be] no food. No food, no life. Therefore, water is life", the President said in his speech.

He also extended his appreciation to all government agencies, especially the NIA, who strived for the immediate completion of the project, and to the local governments, uniformed personnel, stakeholders, and local leaders for their collaborative efforts during the construction of the project. Furthermore, the inauguration ceremony served as a platform to celebrate the spirit of unity and cooperation among the attendees. Their collective efforts paved the way for a brighter, more prosperous future, where every Filipino can thrive and prosper. Through the synergy of various agencies, stakeholders, and communities, we draw closer to realizing the vision of food security championed by #BagongPilipinas.

Also present at the ceremony were NIA Region XII Officials, headed by Engr. Diosdado A. Rosales, officials from the Provincial Government of Cotabato and Maguindanao, representatives from other aligned agencies, such as the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), other local chief executives, media partners, and farmer-beneficiaries.