Press Release



BULACAN FARMER-IRRIGATORS TO BENEFIT FROM 16 COMPLETED PROJECTS; O&M SUBSIDY INCREASED TO PHP 500

Monday, February 26, 2024 - 18:12

NIA Central Office – OIC Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector and concurrent NIA Region III Manager Engr. Josephine B. Salazar led the conduct of the Turnover of Completed Projects, Irrigators Association (IA) Consultation, and Contract Signing of the Bulacan Irrigation Management Office (IMO) on February 26, 2024 at NIA Region III Covered Court, Tambubong, San Rafael, Bulacan.

Joined by the Provincial Government and Local Government Units (LGUs) officials of Bulacan, NIA Region III Bulacan IMO turned over 16 completed projects to its IAs such as the BUSPAN Solar Pump Irrigation Project in Bustos, Repair and Rehabilitation of Angat-Maasim River Irrigation System (AMRIS) in San Rafael, ANBUSPA Solar Pump Irrigation Project in Bustos, Alagao Communal Irrigation System (CIS) in San Ildefonso, Cacarong CIS in Pandi, Maligaya CIS and Sibul CIS in San Miguel. About 15 IAs with 4,466 farmer-beneficiaries will benefit from the CY 2023 completed projects of Bulacan IMO.

MAYNILAD TURNS OVER FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR BULACAN FARMERS

Friday, February 23, 2024 - 10:17

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region III Manager and concurrent OIC Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector Engr. Josephine B. Salazar received the P5-million worth of financial support from Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) for the Bulacan Irrigation Management Office (Bulacan IMO) on February 21, 2024 at NIA Region III Office, Tambubong, San Rafael, Bulacan.

Maynilad personally handed over the P5 million financial assistance to NIA Region III – Bulacan IMO for its El Niño mitigation program for Bulacan farmers. Bulacan IMO Division Manager Engr. Placida C. Cordero, Engineering and Operations Division Acting Manager Engr. Christian C. Manalo, and Water Control Coordination Unit Francisco J. Clara were also present along with Regional Manager Engr. Josephine B. Salazar.

The financial aid from Maynilad strengthens the NIA’s resilience to El Niño and highlights the value of Public-Private Partnerships in addressing climate-related concerns. This allows the NIA to carry out various initiatives targeted at mitigating El Niño’s impacts on water availability and agricultural productivity. Through this, Bulacan farmers will ultimately benefit from the assistance through the Agency’s plans and programs.

NEWLY-INSTALLED BUSTOS DAM RUBBER GATE TO BENEFIT BULACAN AND PAMPANGA

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 - 13:17

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) successfully installed a new Rubber Gate No. 5 at the Angat Afterbay Regulator Dam or most commonly known as Bustos Dam, a run of the river type of dam, located in Barangay Tibagan, Bustos, Bulacan on January 20, 2024.

Preceding the replacement of the new rubber gate, NIA OIC Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector and concurrent NIA Region III Manager Engr. Josephine B. Salazar led the conduct of an inflation and leak testing to further guarantee the integrity of the newly-installed rubber gate.

ITP Construction, Inc. – Guangxi Hydroelectric Construction Bureau Co., Ltd. Consortium (Contractor) replaced the defective rubber gate without any cost to NIA. The five (5) other rubber gates were further inspected to secure its structural integrity.

After the reported damage of the Rubber Gate No. 5 in 2020, the NIA immediately conducted series of actions with the Local Government Unit, Provincial Government of Bulacan, and its Irrigators Association (IA) to address challenges arising from the incident to make sure that irrigation is continuously available and the farming activities of the farmers of the Provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga are not hampered.

NIA SIGNS 2 MOUS FOR IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - 09:10

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) enters into two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to fast-track irrigation development and utilization of NIA’s assets and irrigation projects for renewable energy development on December 7, 2023 at NIA Administrator’s Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Building B.

NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen and BPE Corporation (BPEC) President Mr. Jesus Francisco Gabriel T. Delgado signed the MOU on the conduct of feasibility study for the pilot installation of a micro-hydro power at the weir of Angat Maasim River Irrigation System (AMRIS) South Main Canal in the Municipality of Angat, Bulacan. The project is entitled “Project GENIHAR” or Generate-Irrigate-Harvest. The MOU signing denotes the joint effort of NIA and BPEC to optimize the utilization of irrigation water for renewable energy development.

Given the challenges brought by Climate Change, investing in renewable energy is the best option for sustainable development. With the signing of the said MOU, NIA and BPEC have strengthened their partnership and efforts to develop more economically viable, environmentally sensible, and socially responsible renewable energy projects in the years to come.

PARTIAL EARTHQUAKE DAMAGES ON IRRIGATION INFRASTRUCURES REACH ₱109.49 MILLION

Friday, December 29, 2023 - 08:19

NIA Central Office - Immediately after the Magnitude 5.2 earthquake in Region VIII on November 20, 2023 and Magnitude 7.6 earthquake on December 2, 2023 in Caraga, NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen directed all NIA Regional Managers to conduct inventory and assessment of damages to irrigation infrastructures.

Based on the partial report submitted by NIA to the Office of DA Assistant Secretary for Operations dated December 13, 2023, the total estimated cost of damage/repair of infrastructure reached ₱109,493,000.00. It affected 7,241 hectares of agricultural land with 5,424 farmer-beneficiaries.

In Region VIII, the initial estimated cost of damages of Magnitude 5.2 earthquake was ₱46,000.00 in Samar National Irrigation Project (NIP), affecting 71 farmers tilling 271 hectares of farmland. The said irrigation project requires Emergency Works or remedial measures to immediately restore the service area and save the standing crops. 

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