Press Release

Tested Integrity of NIA Constructed Dams

Thursday, August 4, 2022 - 14:45

NIA Central Office – The two major dams in Luzon, the 48-year-old Pantabangan Dam in Pantabangan Nueva Ecija and the 39-year-old Magat Dam in Ramon, Isabela, were undamaged by the recent Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake in Tayum, Abra on July 27, 2022. This attests the structural integrity of NIA dams which can stand 50 years and even beyond a half century.

In a press conference held by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) on August 1, 2022 at NIA Convention Hall, 5th Floor, DCIEC Building, Acting Administrator Benny D. Antiporda and Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik assured the public that the earthquake had no major damages to the dam structures/embankment, building facilities, roadway, canal structures, and electro-mechanical components.

Administrator Antiporda emphasized that the public does not need worry about safety and irrigation service delivery because NIA has precautionary measures. Wala pong damage ang ating dams. The Agency only wants to ensure the safety of the public, especially the communities located on downstream areas.

Benny D. Antiporda: The New NIA Administrator

Thursday, August 4, 2022 - 13:03

NIA Central Office – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos, Jr. recently appointed former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary and NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Benny D. Antiporda as the NIA Acting Administrator and Member of the NIA Board of Directors. A statement from the Office of the Press Secretary on July 22, 2022 confirmed Antiporda’s appointment, along with 11 other new government officials.

In a simple NIA Management Turnover Ceremony on July 29, 2022 at NIA Matikas Multipurpose Hall, Retired General Ricardo R. Visaya passed on the baton of leadership to Administrator Antiporda after serving the Agency for 5 years and 4 months. National Confederation of Irrigators Association (NCIA) President Remy N. Albano, NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik, Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du, Central Office Department and Division Managers, Regional and Project Managers nationwide, NIA employees, and family and friends of the outgoing and incoming administrators are present during the ceremony.

NIA acquires P30-million heavy equipment for field operations

Thursday, August 4, 2022 - 10:06

NIA Central Office – With the goal of providing more efficient monitoring, evaluation, and field inspection/validation of the status of on-going construction and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) activities of irrigation projects nationwide, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has recently acquired 5 units of heavy equipment (Doozan wheeled excavators) worth P32 million from the winning bidder, Inframachineries Corporation.

In a simple handover ceremony on July 28, 2022, Inframachineries Corporation Representative Ma. Cristina De Vera turned over the symbolic keys of the heavy equipment to NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector C’zar M. Sulaik. Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du, Corporate Planning Services Department Manager Rogelia C. Dela Torre, Public Affairs and Information Staff Department Manager Eden Victoria C. Selva, Acting Financial Management Department Manager Milca B. Cayanga, Acting Operations Department Manager Delsy J. Revellame, Equipment Management Division Manager Albert D. Asturiano, and Human Resources Division Manager Rosalinda A. Segocio were present during the ceremony.

Post-Earthquake Assessment on irrigation damages

Monday, August 1, 2022 - 07:43

NIA Central Office – Immediately after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Luzon island on July 27, 2022, NIA Management called on a meeting with all NIA Department, Regional, and Project Managers for the assessment of earthquake damages on irrigation facilities.

Upon the conduct of field investigation and site inspection, NIA Region I incurred damages in the Main Canal (150 meters) of Banaoang Pump Irrigation System (Banaoang PIS) in the Municipality of Bantay, Ilocos Sur affecting irrigation service to about 2,000 hectares of agricultural land. The estimated cost of infrastructure damage is P15 million. In Pangasinan, no damages were recorded at the San Roque Dam based on the initial Report of Pangasinan IMO. For the provinces of La Union and Ilocos Norte, no major damages on irrigation infrastructure were recorded.

Not an irrigation system: NIA inaugurates service road for upland farmers and villagers in Bataan

Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 09:07

NIA Region III - Farmers and residents in the ICD - Gawad Kalinga Village in Barangay Saysain, Bagac, Bataan are now assured of better access with the completion of the 1.3-kilometer service road project of the National Irrigation Administration that was inaugurated and turned over on July 12, 2022.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya led the inauguration of this service road that links the upland community of GK Village and of the Saysain Farmers Irrigators Association to the main road of Brgy. Saysain.

With a total project cost of P11,200,386.48, this 4-meter wide, 0.20 meter thick and 1.3-kilometer-long concrete road covers a service area of 57.31 hectares benefitting 40 farmers of Saysain FIA along with the 20 families of GK Village. Its construction commenced on September 8, 2021 and was completed on December 5, 2021.

It was through the initiative of Ret. Col. Perfecto Quilicot of raising this concern to NIA that this project came into existence. From the muddy and rough path before which gives heavy burden for the Saysain FIA and to the GK villagers especially during the wet cropping season, this service road helps them transport goods and crops easier and faster.