Press Release

NIA officially opens its doors to PPP

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 13:24

NIA Central Office – The collaboration between the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center to maximize the utilization of NIA’s assets and irrigation projects has officially started as NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen and PPP Center Executive Director Ma. Cynthia Hernandez signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on March 29, 2023 at NIA Convention Hall, 5th Floor, DCIEC Building.

The partnership of NIA and PPP Center aims to maximize the technical   services of the latter in terms of NIA’s capacity-building for the utilization of various PPP modalities for irrigation projects, to obtain the optimal value of NIA’s resources through PPP, and to engage on other financial and revenue-generating activities that will strengthen the Agency’s viability as a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC).

As of December 31, 2021, NIA recorded 65.28% of the total 3.12 million hectares of irrigable land nationwide. With around 1 million hectares remaining to be developed, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. aims to revitalize the country’s irrigation sector. Thus, NIA eyes Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to fast-track irrigation development which will further sustain the irrigation needs of greater Filipino farmers and will ultimately answer the President's call to strengthen food security.


Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 14:56


NIA Central Office - The Association of the Regional Directors and Operations Managers of the Philippines (ARDOMA), Inc. held its conference in Ilocos Norte, Region I on February 23-26, 2023. The four-day activity was commenced by a meeting conducted at the Plaza del Norte Hotel and Convention Center, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. The highlight of the conference was the visit made by the ARDOMA, Inc. led by its President, Engr. Jimmy Apostol, to the Municipality of Piddig, Ilocos Norte. No other than the former chief executive of Piddig, currently, the NIA Acting Administrator, Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen, toured the group and unraveled the humble beginnings of their municipality. 

Piddig, Ilocos Norte, a third-class municipality is nestled along a foothill offering panoramic views of fields and mountains. A once sleepy town known too as the historic town of Basi (sugar cane wine) revolt, Piddig was conferred recognition as Galing Pook Awardee at the Malacañang Palace, last November 22, 2022, a prestigious award of the country’s top performing local government units.

NIA pushes P2.1-billion irrigation project in Mindanao

Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 14:59


NIA Region XII – The National Irrigation Administration, under the leadership of Acting Administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen, fast-tracks the completion of the Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project – Stage II (MMIP-II) in the Municipality of Pikit, North Cotabato. Despite numerous challenges on peace and order, security, and natural calamities, the project is expected to be completed by December 2023.

Originally, MMIP was a P3.1-billion irrigation covering 13 barangays in Cotabato and four (4) barangays in Maguindanao with a target area of 10,840 hectares to benefit 4,549 farmer-beneficiaries. The project was intended as a peace-building measure and as a catalyst to improve the lives of the farmers and other stakeholders.

With the completion of the MMIP Phase I, a total of 5,562 hectares in Maridagao service area and 1,611 hectares in Upper Malitubog service area have been provided with irrigation service. With its significant socioeconomic benefits and opportunities through job generation from project implementation stage to agricultural production stage, the project was instrumental in transforming the previously war zone area to an economic zone.

P664.75-million Bayuyan SRIP now under way

Friday, March 31, 2023 - 13:52


NIA Region VI – The construction of the P664.75-million Bayuyan Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Bayuyan SRIP) officially started as NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen led the Groundbreaking and Capsule-Laying Ceremony of the project on March 16, 2023 at the Gatekeeper’s Quarters, Barangay Bayuyan, President Roxas, Capiz.

As the biggest irrigation project of NIA in the Province of Capiz by far, Bayuyan SRIP covers 594 hectares of agricultural land on eight barangays in the Municipality of President Roxas, namely, Bayuyan, Badiangon, Culilang, Goce, Carmencita, Cubay, Ibaca, and Sto. Niño. With 540 farmer-beneficiaries, the project is expected to be completed by December 2025. Aside from the provision of year-round irrigation to the local farming communities, the project will provide other incidental benefits, such as flood control, environmental and watershed management, agro-tourism promotion, and aquaculture development, among others.

In his message, Administrator Guillen solicited the support of all stakeholders toward the success of the project. He emphasized that the project reflects the undying commitment of NIA to fast-track irrigation development and to uplift the lives of greater Filipino farmers.

NIA supports Kapatid Angat Lahat for Agriculture Program

Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 14:44


San Miguel, Manila – Witnessed by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with other government officials and Go Negosyo heads on the Kapatid Angat Lahat for Agriculture Program (KALAP) on March 6, 2023 at the Malacañang Palace Ceremonial Hall.

As a public-private sector partnership initiative, KALAP aims to promote inclusive economic growth using Go Negosyo’s framework of providing micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) access to money, markets, and mentoring.

Together with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with Go Negosyo heads, National Tobacco Administration (NTA), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the MOA Signing symbolizes the strong partnership of the public and private sectors to empower and scale up support for nation-building through the value chain integration of our country’s MSMEs, farmers, and fisherfolks to become more productive, profitable, sustainable, and globally competitive.