Press Release

Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen: The New Irrigation Chief

Wednesday, December 28, 2022 - 10:40

NIA Central Office – Presided by Department of Agriculture (DA) Assistant Secretary Arnel V. De Mesa, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) conducted the Ceremonial Turnover of Leadership on December 14, 2022 at NIA Convention Hall, 5th Floor, DCIEC Building.

During the ceremony, NIA Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Atty. Eryl Royce R. Nagtalon will pass on the baton of leadership to Acting Administrator, Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen.

Before being appointed as NIA chief, Administrator Guillen served as the Municipal Mayor of Piddig, Ilocos Norte which was included in this year’s Top 10 Performing Local Government Units. On the other hand, Atty. Nagtalon will continue his post as the Senior Deputy Administrator of the Agency.

NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik, Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du, Apayao Provincial Vice Governor and National Confederation of Irrigators Associations (NCIA) President Remy N. Albano, Corporate Board Secretary Atty. Willie Ann M. Angsiy, NIA Department/Regional/Project Managers nationwide, employees, and guests are present during the event.

Unity for VAW-Free Community

Tuesday, December 27, 2022 - 10:20

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) joins all government offices in the observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) on November 25, 2022 to December 12, 2022 led by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).

With the theme “UNiTEd for a VAW-Free Philippines”, the campaign aims to highlight the gains and milestones achieved in the efforts to prevent and address VAW in the country toward the assessment, implementation, and strengthening of VAW-related laws. NIA supports the government’s action to sustain the drive towards a VAW-free community.

To know more about the 2022 campaign including the line-up of activities, visit PCW's website:



Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 10:23

At last, the much awaited peaceful dialogue among the Bugkalot Ancestral Domain Environmental Management Council (BADEMC), Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM), and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) initiated by NIA Administrator Benny D. Antiporda will now signal a fresh start for the Bugkalots to secure their rights for their concerns as an impacted community.

To heed the call of the President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on the onslaught of Typhoon Karding in the NDRRMC meeting, NIA and PSALM immediately acted upon in the decades-long lingering concerns of the Bugkalot Tribe that was affected by the Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project (CMIPP) in the Province of Nueva Ecija that resulted in the stand-off between the military, PNP, and Bugkalot Tribe members in Barangay Pelaway, Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya.

“Dahil kami ay mabubuting Pilipino rin humahanap kami ng paraan kung saan tayo magsasalubong nang hindi maaapektuhan ang national interest. Kasi alam natin ‘yan, it is part of the economic growth ng Pilipinas. Pero in the part of Bugkalot, bilang nagtiis nang matagal, nandito kami ngayon — puso sa puso”, uttered by BADEMC Chairman Daniel P. Pasigian.

No More Flooding in NIA’s Oplan Karding

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 14:39

“Daig ng maagap ang masipag.” This old Filipino proverb has been practiced by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) as the newly Revised Magat Dam Protocol on Dam Discharge and Flood Warning Operation became successful for the Agency’s Oplan Karding. No flooding incident was recorded in the Province of Isabela, including the Municipality of Aurora.

In the Press Conference for Oplan Karding conducted earlier, NIA Administrator Benny D. Antiporda, joined by Senior Deputy Administrator Atty. Eryl Royce R. Nagtalon and Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du, highlighted the intensive monitoring of the major dams under the control of the Agency, namely, Magat Dam in Isabela and Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija. With the Revised Magat Dam Protocol, NIA Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA MARIIS) already opened a gate in Magat Dam two (2) days before the landfall of Super Typhoon Karding.


Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 08:00

NIA Central Office – Enough of those days that reseta and padrino systems are tainting the recruitment and selection process in government sector. This has been proven by NIA Administrator Benny D. Antiporda when he presided the Oath Taking of four full-fledged NIA regional officials and instructed the posting of 564 vacant (permanent) positions based on merits and qualifications.

On his 52nd day as the Chief of NIA, Administrator Antiporda appointed up to four officials of the Agency, namely, Engr. Gileu Michael O. Dimoloy, Engr. June Nathaniel S. Plaza, Engr. Lauro E. Ballesteros, Engr. Salome N. Layasan. They all previously held Acting Appointments before being appointed as full-fledged managers. Rose from the ranks, the said officials also held various key positions on field offices with decades of experiences in irrigation development.

The Action Man of NIA is giving stern warning to all officers of NIA to refrain from seeking endorsements from politicians and other people who has no concerns to NIA. The Administrator does not entertain reseta and padrino system in the government.

Instead of getting people he knows personally, Administrator Antiporda chose to trust NIA employees who are seasoned experts in the field of irrigation management. Without a doubt, the accomplishments and expertise of the regional officials have served as vital testaments of their rightful appointments to their respective positions.