NIA assesses damaged irrigation facilities

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 14:18

 

(R) NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña listened to the incoming initial reports on damaged irrigation facilities in areas hit by Typhoon Nina. (Left) NIA OIC-Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Engr. Lydia S. Esguerra together with (2nd to the Left) NIA Operations Manager Engr. Romeo M. Lopez handed and discussed the reports to NIA chief, on December 27, at NIA Administrator’s Office.

National Irrigation Administration – NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña headed the preliminary assessments of the initial reports coming from the regional irrigation offices affected by the recent Typhoon Nina at NIA central Office, December 27. 

According to the consolidated report, regions 4A, 4B, and 5 were the areas severely affected by the typhoon. As of yesterday, the damages caused by ‘Nina’ amounted to P25.14 million for crops and P49 million for infrastructure.

Operations Department Manager Engr. Romeo M. Lopez said the initial report showed that about 3,540 hectares of lands and 3,818 farmers from 4A, 4B, and 5 were affected. Some of the damages in irrigation facilities include; counterfort, diversion works, canal lining, river embankment, protection works, etc.

“We are still waiting for further reports about the damages caused by ‘Nina’” said OIC- Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Engr. Lydia S. Esguerra.

Administrator Laviña immediately requested assistance and consideration from National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in providing funds for the immediate repair and restoration of damaged facilities.

“As these amounts are just partial assessment damages, we expect them to increase as we continue to receive reports from our field offices”, he added.