Press Release



DA, NIA, AND DTI SIGN MOU ON INTEGRATED RICE SUPPLY CHAIN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Monday, February 5, 2024 - 13:06

NIA Central Office – The efficient rice supply chain and development of a business-to-business (B2B) online market platform for rice are now more feasible with the Ceremonial Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Integrated Rice Supply Chain Development Program on February 2, 2024 at NIA Matikas Multipurpose Hall.

The participants for the MOU Signing were DA Chief of Staff Atty. Alvin John Balagbag, NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen, and DTI Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual. Serving as witnesses were Digital Philippines Undersecretary Mary Jean T. Pacheco and NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Engr. Robert C. Suguitan. NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Robert Victor G. Seares, Jr., NCIA President Remy Albano, Department and Division Managers, and employees were present in the event.

In line with the realization of food sufficiency thrust of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. and the Three-Year Food Logistics Action Agenda of DA, DOTr, DPWH, and DILG, the MOU aims to create alternative market access for rice buyers and sellers. It targets to enhance the income of rice farmers through more efficient market and supply chain arrangement, to promote proper rice branding and classification, and to facilitate cooperation in production, marketing, sales, and domestic rice distribution in the market.

GEARING UP TO MORE IMPROVED IRRIGATION INFRASTRUCTURES

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 - 13:09

With the unwavering support of  President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. in fostering the agricultural sector, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) headed by Acting Administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen successfully acquired the 141 units of excavator amounting to a total significant investment of  P776 million. These excavators were finally distributed to NIA regional and project offices nationwide.

The simultaneous distribution of equipment signifies another leap for the Agency in gearing up to more productive and efficient operation and maintenance (O&M) activities of irrigation projects all over the country. These units are now being used for desilting and clearing  irrigation canals, filling open spaces and gaps along the canal linings, construction and repair of damaged irrigation facilities and structures especially those that were devastated by natural disasters and calamities.

The heavy equipment acquisition is in line with the Agency’s objective which is “Ensure Efficient and Effective Operation and Maintenance of Irrigation Systems”. Likewise, it is part of the Agency’s Three-Year Refleeting Program which  aims to augment the available units which are mostly have exceeded its economic life, immediately repair or reconstruct canals and other irrigation facilities and undertake the regular operation and maintenance (O&M) of National Irrigation Systems (NISs).      

RICE AT P25 PER KILO AVAILABLE FROM NEGROS OCCIDENTAL FARMER-IRRIGATORS

Monday, October 16, 2023 - 11:02

NIA Central Office – Federation of Irrigators Association of Central Negros-Bago River Irrigation System (FIACN-BRIS) of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region VI, headed by Acting Regional Manager Jonel B. Borres, sold rice for Php 25 per kilogram (kg) in partnership with the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental on “Bigas ng Bayan” opening day on October 12, 2023 at Food Terminal Market, North Capitol Road, Bacolod City.

The Php 25 per kilo rice was made possible through the convergence of all sectors of society. The FIACN-BRIS of the Negros-Occidental Irrigation Management Office (IMO), led by Federation President Pedro Limpangog, allotted the 10 percent of their total production to the Negrenses at Php 25 per kilo that can be availed up to 5 kgs per consumer only. Priority consumers were senior citizens, indigents, and persons with disabilities (PWDs). At least 455 individuals availed of the low-priced rice on its opening day.

Prior to this, the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, led by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, tapped the FIACN-BRIS in its Dagyaw Project, an initiative that promotes farm-level productivity interventions. They produced high-yield rice at a lower production cost with the aid of Job Order (JO) workers, who are also Irrigators Association (IA) members, in farming activities such as planting crops and running farm equipment and machinery.

NIA, NCIP, and BADEMC sign MOA on Corporate Social Responsibility

Friday, October 6, 2023 - 10:09

NIA Central Office – NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen, Bugkalot Ancestral Domain Environmental Management Council (BADEMC) Representative Antonio K. Pasigian, and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Chairperson Allen C.  sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the Corporate Social Responsibility for the Bugkalot/Ilongot Indigenous Cultural Communities on September 27, 2023 at NIA Matikas Multipurpose Hall.

NCIP Region II Commissioner Simplicia P. Hagada, BADEMC Chairperson Daniel Pasigian, Bugkalot leaders and members, NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Engr. Robert C. Suguitan, OIC-Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector Engr. Josephine B. Salazar, Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Robert Victor G. Seares, UPRIIS Acting Department Manager Gertrudes A. Viado, and other NIA key personnel are present in the event.

BADEMC Chairperson Pasigian expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the good leadership of NIA Administrator Guillen.

NIA and Ostrom Climate ink MOU on Climate-Smart Rice Project in Nueva Ecija

Thursday, October 26, 2023 - 14:16

NIA Central Office – NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen, NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Engr. Robert C. Suguitan, Ostrom Climate Solutions, Inc. (Ostrom Climate) President and Chief Executive Officer Phill Cull, and International Land Use Director Jane Boles signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the implementation of “The Climate-Smart Rice Project in Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS)” on October 20, 2023 at NIA Board Room, 3rd Floor, Building B. 

The project is eyed for immediate implementation until December 2028 with the goal of contributing to the achievement of rice security and resiliency in the country. This can be achieved by increasing water productivity in national irrigation systems (NISs) while reducing carbon emission in irrigated rice cultivation. The project primarily aims to promote a wide-scale and sustained adoption of Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) Technology in irrigated areas throughout UPRIIS with the provision of capacity-building activities and financial incentives with farmer-partners.

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