Press Release

NIA signs MOU with CPECC and OEEPI for project implementation

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 - 13:19

NIA Central Office – NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen, NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Engr. Robert C. Suguitan, China Power Engineering Consulting Group International Engineering Co., Ltd. (CPECC INTL.) Vice President Zhao Jiang, and Ocean Eagle Energy Philippines, Inc. (OEEPI) President Atty. Celestino Gerald L. Cabrera signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for efficient implementation of the Panay River Basin Integrated Development Project on May 15, 2023 at NIA Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building B.

NIA’s mandate includes the construction of multipurpose water resources projects designed primarily for irrigation and secondarily for hydroelectric power development. Among the programmed projects of the Agency is the Panay River Basin Integrated Development Project which is on the process of validating/reformulation of its Feasibility Study (FS) simultaneous with Detailed Engineering (DE).

Having the technical capacity and experience to develop infrastructure projects, OEEPI offered to work with NIA on the development of the said project. This covers from updating and validating of FS to providing the necessary technical and commercial support to secure the project’s approval from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Department of Finance (DOF). It aims to expedite the process and ensure the successful project implementation.


Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 14:25

NIA Region XII – In support to the President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. battlecry for unity to achieve lasting peace that paves the way for national progress and the Department of Agriculture (DA) Food Security Program, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Acting Administrator Engr. Eduardo Eddie G. Guillen visited the Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project - Phase II (MMIP II) at Liguasan Marsh, Pikit, North Cotabato on February 10, 2023, an area rarely visited by national government officials.

Together with Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector Engr. C’zar M. Sulaik and NIA Region XII officials, Acting Administrator Guillen personally looked into the project site and talked to its residents on the positive impacts upon the completion of MMIP II in their way of living. He later on met with the Irrigators Association (IA) Presidents and members of the project wherein the NIA Chief highlighted the importance of the farmer-irrigators’ support and cooperation in the realization of the MMIP II.

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.