Press Release

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.


Tuesday, November 21, 2023 - 14:46

NIA Central Office – NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen and New Canaan Energy Resources Corporation President Alfonso C. Gillego signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the development of canal-top solar in the NIA Agno River Integrated Irrigation System located in Rosales, Pangasinan on November 20, 2023 at NIA Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building B.

The MOU Signing aims to pursue the development of solar farm for utility size power generation by utilizing the canal-top (“canal-top solar”) in an area which has the potential to have the feasibility of sustainable operations in the Agno River Integrated Irrigation System. Also, this initiates a full blown study to determine its financial, socio-economic, and technical viabilities as well as the most cost effective development, construction, and operation of the power generation component in the Project.

As the NIA continues to utilize the full potential of its irrigation systems as multipurpose water resources projects for power generation, flood control, domestic water supply, agro-tourism, and aquaculture, the Agency harnesses the use of solar energy as the most accessible and economically viable renewable energy source to help our Filipino farmers.

NIA, NWRB, and DENR-WRMO sign MOA on repurposing NIA’s water rights

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 10:56


San Miguel, Manila – NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen, Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Water Resource Management Office (DENR-WRMO) Undersecretary Dr. Carlos Primo C. David, and National Water Resources Board (NWRB) Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Executive Director Atty. Ricky A. Arzadon sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for repurposing NIA’s water rights on October 4, 2023 at the Malacañang Palace.

The MOA signing aims to achieve the optimum utilization of irrigation water, not just for agricultural use but also for power generation, bulk water supply, aquaculture, recreation, tourism, and many more which will redound to the generation of bigger revenue for the Agency. Under the memorandum, the uncompromised and unhampered provision of irrigation requirements to NIA’s existing agricultural lands and other irrigable areas programmed for development shall be secured.

Guided by the existing laws on water management and utilization, NIA supports the undertakings of the DENR-WRMO and NWRB to conserve and protect water resources to meet the changing needs of our country and its people.

Assistant Secretary Jason Alba, Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Atty. Hubert Guevarra, DOF Undersecretary Catherine L. Fong, Chief of Staff, Office of the Executive Secretary/Undersecretary Leonardo Roy Cervantes, and NIA Acting Civil Works Design Section Chief Engr. Roald Marck Revellame are present in the event.


Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 10:58


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen, intensifies its continuous pursuit on the benefits of developing and constructing solar-powered irrigation projects in 183 sites nationwide already in the pipeline for CY 2024. An additional 791 potential sites for solar-powered irrigation projects are being proposed to irrigate about 39,694 hectares of agricultural land throughout the country.

For CY 2023, there are 147 potential irrigation sites for solar power amounting to Php 1,643,583,002. Of which, NIA already completed the construction of 17 solar-powered irrigation projects amounting to Php 117,360,002 as of September 15, 2023. These projects provide reliable irrigation water supply to 830 hectares of agricultural land nationwide benefitting 801 farmers and their families.

With the modernization and innovation thrusts of the Agency, NIA utilizes the full potential of its irrigation facilities, dams, and reservoirs for agro-tourism, aquaculture, and renewable energy sources. This proves that aside from providing sustainable and efficient irrigation services, the Agency can actually be an active partner for holistic contributions to the country’s development.

KADIWA sa NIA, inilunsad

Thursday, September 21, 2023 - 13:54


Kaugnay ng pagdiriwang ng kaarawan ni Pangulong Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. at bilang suporta sa kanyang agenda na gawing mas abot-kaya ang suplay ng pagkain sa lahat ng Pilipino, inilunsad ng NIA Regional Offices sa buong bansa ang KADIWA sa NIA Program.

Ang paglulunsad ng KADIWA sa NIA ay alinsunod sa direktiba ni NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen na magbigay ng taos-pusong suporta sa nasabing programa. Sari-saring produkto ng mga Irrigators Association (IA) ang mabibili sa murang halaga sa iba’t ibang rehiyon at lalawigan sa bansa.

Ang gawaing ito ay nagpapatunay na ang NIA ay nananatiling tapat sa adhikain nitong mas maiangat pa ang antas ng pamumuhay ng mga magsasakang Pilipino sa pamamagitan ng iba’t ibang pamamaraan na makapagpapataas ng kanilang kita.