P296-M Irrigation Projects set to improve agricultural productivity in Negros Island Region

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 13:36


NIA Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration – Negros Island Region, last week, handed over at least twenty (20) Communal Irrigation Projects (CIP) during its Mass Turn-over Ceremony in the said region.

The completed projects are set to irrigate at least 6,000 hectares of agricultural lands in Negros Occidental and Oriental.

According to NIA-NIR Regional Manager Engr. Mario H. Sande the said projects will benefit 2,841 farmers and will improve their respective harvests.

“The youngest NIA regional office is committed to delivering quality service and continued support to the government’s advocacy in agricultural development”, he added. 

One of the irrigation projects turned over is the Php 108-million Dauin SRIS located in Dauin, Negros Oriental which was programmed to irrigate 1,000 hectares of agricultural lands. The system is set to benefit 685 farmers from Dauin-Hinalin-Lipayo Irrigators Association (IA).

During the ceremony, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya emphasized that he is looking into quality irrigation projects for Filipino farmers. The Irrigation chief is also keen in modernizing irrigation services by providing additional equipment in its regional offices.

"I vow not to let anyone down" - Visaya

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 13:07


Former AFP Chief of Staff and now NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya during the agency’s Flag Raising Ceremony held at NIA Compound, April 3, 2017

NIA, Quezon City - The new installed irrigation chief Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya (Ret.) talked about his plans and actions for the irrigation sector during the agency’s flag raising ceremony, April 3, 2017. The new administrator admitted that the nature of work in the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is way far than his previous assignment in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

"It’s true that this setting is unusual to what I am accustomed back in AFP but I assure you that I have the experiences and resolve to learn the ropes”, he said.

The former AFP chief believed that the country is fortunate to have vast farmlands and that agriculture remains a primary feature to which our country face prides on.

“That is why we are giving tantamount attention to it (agriculture) by developing sustainable irrigation systems”, he added

NIA welcomes its new Administrator

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:10



After swearing in as the new member of the NIA Board of Directors before its Acting Chairman, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr., General Ricardo Ramoran Visaya (Ret.) was elected as the new Administrator of NIA during the 922nd Regular NIA Board Meeting held on 28 March 2017 at the Malacanang Premier Guest House. He will also act as the concurrent Vice-Chairman of the NIA Board.

Cabinet Secretary imparted some words to the new Administrator. Evasco said that “Leaders should lead and be accountable to its members.” He added that employees should “always transact in a very transparent manner, especially that we are in the government; ensure checks and balance, transparency, and accountability in government dealings.”

As Directors, he reiterated, “We simply facilitate. We plan the overall conduct of the agency by laying down policies and guidelines. Our role ends when the role of the Administrator in day to day dealings of the agency begins.” He noted, however, that the Administrator should always keep in mind that he is accountable to the Board in ensuring proper implementation of NIA policies and guidelines.

Jalaur IPs complete skills training, ready for dam construction

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 10:30


CALINOG, ILOILO – Ninety Indigenous Peoples affected by Iloilo’s biggest irrigation development project now have bigger opportunities for better lives. This as they recently completed skills training under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Through the strengthened partnership of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and DSWD, SLP was extended to the disadvantaged families of Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II). Through this, sustainable livelihoods, employment and interventions for affected families of government infrastructure projects such as the JRMP II are secured and ensured.

Sixty IPs completed training in Masonry and 30 others in carpentry. These IPs came from the directly affected barangays of the project such as Cahigon, Masaroy, Agcalaga, andAlibunan. On top of these, IPs from Guinbunyogan, BinulosanPequeño, Toyungan and Garanganalso availed of the skills training.

NIA assures continuous assistance to affected families of BBMP II Const.

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 13:00


NIA Quezon, City – The payment of plant damages and other improvements affected by the construction of Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project Phase II - North and South Main Canal are continuously being processed.

As of to date, the agency said that about 970 families were affected and resettled as the project verge to its full-blown implementation. That is why NIA BBMP II together with the local government units and other government agencies work hand in hand to synchronize their efforts to help affected communities.

NIA Region 3 Manager and BBMP Project Manager Engr. Josephine B. Salazar, during one of the discussions with local officials, said that local executives claimed that much sought and long awaited construction of BBMP II is a green light for the unhindered development of Tarlac.

Smooth relocation of the Project Affected Families (PAFs) prior to the construction of Balog-balog high dam is in progress. Resettlement site development II, slope protection/riprapping, construction of core house, construction of community structures at San Jose area, and construction of water and electrical system at Mambog, Sula, San Jose, Tarlac are some of the construction activities under the resettlement program this year.

NIA turns over rubber boat, DA corn to Tapaz

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 10:30


CERTIFICATE OF ACCEPTANCE: Tapaz Mayor Roberto O. Palomar (center) receives certificate of acceptance of rubber boat from NIA, Region VI Engr. Jesus L Dato-on Division Manager A, NIA Regional Office VI (far left). Also in photo (second from left) Engr. Wilson C. Rey, Acting Division Manager A, Aklan-Capiz IMO, Capiz PENRO Valentin Talabero, and DENR Asst. Regional Director Jessie Vego.

March 22, 2017, Tapaz Capiz – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Region VI under the helm of Regional Manager Engr. Gerardo P. Corsiga, turned over a Php 250,000 worth rubber boat to Tapaz, Capiz LGU and San Julian, San Pedro, San Antonio Farmers Irrigators Association (SJPAF IA), Inc. to be used for operations and maintenance of Marugo Dam Reservoir, also known as Marugo Lake, located in Tapaz, Capiz. Said turn-over ceremony was held at Marugo Reservoir site during the celebration of World Water Day.

Marugo dam was built by the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) and canal lines were built by NIA to irrigate the nearby farmlands of Brgys. San Julian, San Pedro, and San Antonio.

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