Press Release


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.

NIA files cases against 2 officials for P205-million loss to Green Asia, eyes PPP on irrigation development

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 13:19

NIA Central Office – Heeding the call of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Romualdez Marcos, Jr. to eradicate graft and corruption in the Philippine Government, NIA Administrator Benny D. Antiporda and Senior Deputy Administrator Atty. Eryl Royce R. Nagtalon held a press conference on September 19, 2022 at NIA Convention Hall, 5th Floor, DCIEC Building to discuss the Agency’s request to the Office of the Ombudsman for the conduct of further investigation and filing of appropriate criminal and administrative cases against two NIA officials (Attorney IV) for violating the Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees, Gross Inexcusable Negligence, Misconduct and Conduct Unbecoming of Public Officers in the performance of their official duties.


NIA stands to lose the Green Asia Case with colossal amount of P205,958,119.77 due to the officials’ lackadaisical attitude and cavalier handling of the case. Such case could have been avoided if they performed their tasks and duties with devotion, utmost diligence, and good faith. The said damage is unduly suffered by the government and, ultimately, by the taxpayers – an injustice to the Filipino people.

NIA’s PPP investment pledges reach P1 trillion

Monday, September 19, 2022 - 08:00

NIA Central Office – With the top priority of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos, Jr. to revitalize the country’s agriculture sector through irrigation development, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) eyes Public-Private Partnership (PPP) on irrigation development.

FUNDING is one of the major operational issues of NIA, as with other government agencies. Data shows that the estimated development cost of the lands without irrigation amounts to 594.76 billion pesos.

President Marcos, Jr. called for the application of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to government infrastructure projects. Thus, Administrator Benny D. Antiporda immediately went into the study of PPP application to NIA projects. In two months, NIA now has a total investment pledge of more than one trillion pesos from potential private partners, which would then allow NIA to pursue its irrigation projects without the restriction of limited funding.


Monday, September 19, 2022 - 13:35

NIA Central Office – Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1050, series of 1997 declaring the month of September as the Civil Service Month, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by NIA Administrator Benny Antiporda, supports the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and all government offices nationwide in celebrating the 122nd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary in September 2022.

NIA greets the 1.8 million workforce of the Philippine Government who serve as key players of transparency and accountability in public service. The Agency salutes and honors its 14,302 employees nationwide as they work together to provide efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers.


Revitalizing Irrigation Development for the Nation

Monday, September 19, 2022 - 13:33

NIA Central Office – The officials and employees of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) congratulate the four newly appointed Top Management Officials of the Agency as they look forward to more years of irrigation development and public service excellence.

Under the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos, Jr., NIA remains resilient and confident that the country’s irrigation and agricultural sector will be revitalized for the Filipino people and for the nation. Together, as one united community, we can transform the Agency’s vision into action.