Press Release

RISE Meeting towards Rice Self-Sufficiency

Tuesday, August 1, 2023 - 08:22

Nueva Ecija- Presided by Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary for Rice Industry Development Dr. Leocadio S. Sebastian, the Rice Industry Stakeholders Engagement (RISE) Meeting was conducted on July 27-28, 2023.

NIA OIC-Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector Engr. Josephine B. Salazar led the Department, Regional, Project Managers, and selected NIA key personnel  in attending the first-day meeting  at  the Philippine Rice  Research Institute (PhilRice), Science City of Muñoz.

The discussion concentrated on the preparation and strategies to mitigate the forecasted El Niño through convergence initiatives, formulate action plan for convergence in the Irrigators Associations (IAs), Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs), Small Water Irrigation System Associations (SWISAs), and Farmers Cooperative and Associations (FCAs), discuss guidelines for linking clusters to markets, and Public-Private Partnership, among others.

Undersecretary Sebastian emphasized that the targeted 1M hectares that will provide 8 million tons per hectare are located in the CISs and NISs of NIA, and if achieved, the 97.5% rice self-sufficiency goal of President Bongbong Marcos will be realized. However, there must be a strong working convergence between the Department of Agriculture (DA) agencies and other government entities.

Meet the New DAAF

Thursday, August 10, 2023 - 08:04

Meet the new Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

On August 9, 2023, NIA Deputy Administrator Robert Victor G. Seares, Jr. took his Oath of Office before Executive Secretary Lucas P. Bersamin at the Malacañang Palace, San Miguel, Manila.

Let us know him with these 10 amazing facts.


Tuesday, August 1, 2023 - 08:02


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) recorded P3.520-billion partial typhoon damages to crops and irrigation infrastructures brought about by the onslaught of Typhoon Egay. As of July 31, 2023, a total of 69,432 farmers were affected, cultivating 43,875.55 hectares of agricultural land nationwide.

Typhoon Egay, known internationally as Doksuri, made its landfall over Fuga Island in Aparri, Cagayan at 3:10 a.m. local time on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. The typhoon, which brought heavy rains, caused widespread flooding and landslides across several regions of the country, most especially in Northern Luzon. As of the latest Situational Report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the weather disturbance affected 13 regions, 47 provinces, 441 cities/municipalities and 4,111 barangays.

According to the consolidated report of the NIA Operations Department, regions CAR, I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, and Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS) reported significant damages by the typhoon. As of July 31, 2023, the damages caused by ‘Egay’ amounted to P2.415-billion for crops and P1.105-billion for irrigation infrastructures. Some of the damages in irrigation facilities include washed out structures, embankment, canal lining, and protection works, among others.


Thursday, July 27, 2023 - 07:12

Quezon City – President Ferdinand “Bongbong R. Marcos Jr. have set forth his plans and programs to improve the country and recalled the challenges encountered and continue to face as he delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 24, 2023 at the House of Representatives, Constitution Hills.

In his speech, the optimal growth of the country’s agricultural sector was one of the highlights. He emphasized the 2.2% increase in the agricultural sector for the first three months of the year (2023) and strategies to lift local agricultural production. “Katuwang natin dito ang buong sektor ng agrikultura at ang lokal na pamahalaan”, he said.

As part of the agricultural transformation, President Marcos also highlighted his tactic in the country’s quest for food security. Resulting to more sustainable and responsible yield benefiting current and future generations, procedures are now guided by science and the balance of nature.


Monday, July 17, 2023 - 10:26

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is prepared for the impending El Niño phenomenon as NIA Field Offices nationwide already crafted their respective El Niño Action Plan. It contains different mitigating measures, such as water delivery schedule, utilization of Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) Technology, Diversification of Crops, and the use of early maturing and drought-resistant crop varieties.

Through convergence with other national government agencies (NGAs), namely, the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), other national government agencies (NGAs) involved in the agricultural sector and disaster management, Local Government Units (LGUs), Irrigators Associations (IAs), and the general public, NIA remains confident that our country can overcome all challenges that the El Niño phenomenon can bring.