April 2016

P464-M NIA Projects Inaugurated
2016 Apr 11 - 14:15
PNoy switches on Bustos Dam Rehab
2016 Apr 18 - 14:30
NIA, partner agencies to empower farmers for Climate Change and project sustainability
2016 Apr 22 - 09:30
NIA, Neg Occ LGU, DA-NIR turn over agricultural support to Neg Occ farmers
2016 Apr 22 - 09:45

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P464-M NIA Projects Inaugurated

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 14:15

April 8, 2016 Caraga Region - P387-million was allotted for the rehabilitation of MAP Irrigation Project, which is damaged by calamities. MAP IP targets 1,200 hectares service area that will benefit the municipalities of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte and Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, 450 farmers from 8 Irrigators Associations (IAS) of Ojot River LAMMP Las Nieves (ORLAN) federated Irrigators under the leadership of Mr. Leandro R. Fabre.

NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, OPAFSAM Secretary Fredelita C. Guiza and Engr. C'zar M. Sulaik led the inauguration and test-run of the P387-million Mat-I Amabacon, Pinana-an Irrigation Project (MAP-IP) in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

The AWRIS construction of closed conduit and siphon, targets to restore the original service areas of 5,550 hectares that will benefit the 24 IAs in Esperanza and Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur under the FIA President Mr. Fernando O. Meñoza. The P77-M project was completed last February 26, 2016 that helped 2,733 farmers return to their farming activities after being non-operational for 3 cropping seasons.

Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (PAFSAM) Secretary Fredelito C. Guiza, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, and NIA Caraga Manager C'zar M. Sulaik, graced the inauguration and test-run of Mat-I, Amabacon, Pinana-an Irrigation Project (MAP IP) and Andanan-WAWA River Irrigation System, at Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte and Bayugan, Agusan del Sur respectively.

Hon. Ma. Valentina G. Plaza, Congresswoman-1st District, Agusan del Sur, expressed her gratitude to NIA for the fast tracking of the projects implementation to restore the economic loss in their province especially in the agricultural sector. About 600 people witnessed the momentous event participated by Irrigators Associations, Local Government Units, media, and other guests.

PNoy switches on Bustos Dam Rehab

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 14:30

National Irrigation Administration, Central Office - President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the ceremonial launching of Angat Afterbay Regulator Dam rehabilitation in Brgy. Tibagan, Bustos, Bulacan on April 15, 2016. "..Mas maraming Magsasaka ang maseserbisyuhan, mas gaganda ang ani na matatamasa.." These were his encouraging words as he addresses all the Irrigators Association (IA) who are present during the event. Angat Reservoir provides the domestic water supply needs for Metro Manila.

The President also impress with the performance of NIA today under the current management "Mas nagiging maayos na ang ating serbisyong patubig para sa ating mga magsasaka na isa sa ating pinagtutuunan ng pansin". He even thank Administrator Padernal for an efficient job with current plans and actions in the field of irrigation services which directly supporting the agriculture industry.

NIA Administrator Dr. Florencio F. Padernal gives brief and clear explanation about the project including its optimum benefit among our farmers. "As you see, itong mga ginagawa ng NIA ngayon yung pag build, rehab, at improve ng mga dams and irrigation facilities will have a balloon impact in the future" he added.

Dr. Padernal also discusses the scope of the rehabilitation works which will includes, (a) repair of the diversion dam - replacement of 6 bays rubber gates and improvement of apron, training walls and gates, (b) repair and improvement of Main and Lateral Canals and its appurtenant structures, and (c) improved operation and maintenance and support services. The project is set to finish within a 15-month timeline.

Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado expresses his gratitude towards the administration specifically in NIA with the agency's overwhelming support to his constituents. "Sa matagal na panahon magkakaroon na rin po ng pagasa na mas maparami ang maserbisyuhan ng ating dam (Bustos Dam)" he added. Governor Sy-Alvarado told everyone that it has been years of clamor of the province to improve the regulator dam which will directly increase the farmer beneficiaries and service areas.

It was in 1926 when Angat Afterbay Regulator Dam (Bustos Dam) was constructed as a concrete weir type with a service area of 25,000 hectares. In 1967, it was improved by installing six steel sector gates increasing the elevation from 15 meters to 17.50 meters thus increasing the service to 31,500 hectares. In 1990, the steel gates were totally not operational. With a grant from Japan in 1997, the steel gates were replaced with rubber gates becoming the first rubber dam in the country.

In 2007, holes began to appear in the rubber gates. Repairs like vulcanizing the rubber gates were undertaken. But due to old age, it continued to deteriorate. NIA then got the opinion of experts from Bridgestone Company which recommended another replacement.

Due to in availability of funds to replace the rubber gates after 2007, these were not replaced. Remedial measures such as regular maintenance and other temporary measures were done so that irrigation supply will not be disrupted. To continuously serve the farmers with irrigation, NIA included in its GAA funds to repair on-farm irrigation facilities.

But earlier this year, the hope of starting the project finally commenced. A negotiation of funding was discussed between the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and National Irrigation Administration (NIA). Immediately preceding the negotiation both parties agreed that the funding be provided by MWSS and NIA will be the implementing agency.

The estimated cost of P1-Billion is said to cover all the expenses for the project. When fully completed, the rehabilitated dam will irrigate about 31,485 hectares benefiting 23,708 farmers in 16 municipalities of Bulacan and four municipalities in Pampanga.

Also present during the event were DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson, PAFSAM Secretary Fredelita Guiza, and some Mayors form different municipalities in Bulacan and Pampanga. NIA team led by Deputy Administrators, All Regional/Operations/Project Managers, some of NIA Department Managers, NIA Region 3 Manager Josie Salazar, other NIA employees and Irrigators Association in witnessing the event.

NIA, partner agencies to empower farmers for Climate Change and project sustainability

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 09:30

ILOILO City - Empowerment of farmers through inter-agency linkages is the solution seen by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) here to keep farmers resilient to Climate Change. Acknowledging the impacts of the very strong El Ni˜o on agriculture and food security, NIA saw the need to enhance farmers' capacity in adapting to erratic weather conditions. This will be achieved through various basic social services and livelihood interventions that will be tailored according to their needs.

On April 14, 2016, National Government Agencies (NGA), Non-Government Organizations, and Officers of various Irrigators' Associations (IAs) across Western Visayas and Negros Occidental gathered at the Centennial Resort and Convention Center for the second Regional IA Congress. The event was a venue for NIA to discuss its proposal for an inter-agency convergence mechanism. This strategy will ensure the participation of other government agencies, NGOs and the farmer-beneficiaries themselves in the preparation of concrete plans for Climate Change adaptation.

"We need to converge so we can together address Climate Change. . .it is not just us in NIA but we also recognize the roles of other agencies, NGOs and you our IAs in the development of concrete solutions to the impacts of climate change to agriculture and food security," NIA Regional Manager Gerardo P. Corsiga addressed the participants of the congress. "We already have a working inter-agency convergence mechanism in JRMP II, which addressed the demands of our brother IPs (Indigenous Peoples) in Calinog for infrastructure, livelihood and social basic services, so I have high hopes that we can do the same for our IAs," he added.

'Convergence mechanism' was NIA's strategy to win IPs' consent for its flagship project in Western Visayas - the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II. Under this initiative, 27 national government agencies forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to address various infrastructure, livelihood and social basic services requests of the affected IP communities. Manager Corsiga hopes to replicate the same to the IAs of Western Visayas to mitigate the impacts of extreme weather conditions to their source of livelihood and to food security in the region.

Present during said congress to give their support and update participants of their programs are representatives from the Department of Agriculture (DA), Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), National Food Authority (NFA), and Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA). In attendance too are representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

In the meeting, NIA Supervising Institutional Development Officer Ruth Cely M. Jamelo explained that after the congress, consultative discussions in the level of provincial irrigation offices will be conducted to identify specific needs of the IAs.

The event was also a venue for NIA to strengthen its campaign for Irrigation Service Fee (ISF) collection. Considered 'life-blood' of the agency, the ISF is a mandatory fee for IAs intended for the maintenance of the agency's projects and institutional development programs.

NIA, Neg Occ LGU, DA-NIR turn over agricultural support to Neg Occ farmers

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 09:45

April 18, 2016, Bago City - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region VI headed by Engr. Gerardo P. Corsiga, NIA-Negros Occidental Irrigation Management Office (NOIMO) headed by Engr. Lorena B. Sioco, Department of Agriculture (DA) Negros Island Region (NIR), Negros Occidental Provincial Government, and Bago City Government turned over farm machineries, equipment, and tools to Irrigators' Associations (IA) from the National Irrigation Systems (NIS) and Communal Irrigation Systems (CIS) within the Province of Negros Occidental in a Turn-Over Ceremony held at Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Coliseum and Cultural Center.

Representatives from 120 IAs from Bago River Irrigation System (BRIS), Pangiplan River Irrigation System (PRIS) and Communal Irrigation Systems (CIS) received Php3M worth of CY 2015 Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) Project from DA-NIR and Bago City Government and another Php3M CY 2015 Project Support from the Negros Occidental Provincial Government in the form of farm machineries and equipment. On top of this, 900 bags of certified seeds were also distributed to the farmers.

Present during said turn-over ceremony were the Province of Negros Occidental Governor Hon. Alfredo Marañon, Jr., Bago City Mayor Hon. Ramon D. Torres, Vice Mayor Hon. Nicholas M. Yulo, DA-NIR Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulation Joyce Wendam, and NIA Region VI Division Manager for Engineering and Operations Engr. Jesus L. Dato-on.

"Nagakalipay gid ako nga ari ako subong kaupod ninyo nga mga farmers. Kamo ang ginatawag nga mga unsung heroes of the nation kay kamo ang nagasuportar sa food security... Pauswagon ta pagid ang mga mangunguma sang humay diri sa Negros Island Region. Tagaan ta pagid sila sang dugang nga suporta paagi sa mga hybrid seeds kag mga bag-o nga farm implements para magdugang ang aton produkto sang humay. Kung magbuligay lang kita tanan, hapos lang ni ma achieve ang dako nga patubas sang humay kag iban pagid nga produckto sang agrikultura. I am happy to be with you, our farmers. You are the unsung heroes of the nation because you support food security... Let us support the progress of our farmers here in Negros Island Region. Let us provide them with additional support through hybrid seeds and new farm implements to increase rice production. If we help each other, it will be easy to achieve higher yield for rice and other agricultural products.", Gov. Marañon.

NIA Region VI and NIA NOIMO also turned over 10 pumps and engines as part of the agency's initiative towards El Niño adaptation and mitigation. This project aims to capacitate farmers with proper equipment to combat the erratic weather conditions that are felt around the country during the onslaught of El Niño phenomenon. The agency has already distributed hundreds of pumps and engines within the provinces of Panay Island since 2015 and it is the first time for the farmers of Negros Occidental to receive this support for CY 2016.

The NIA, through interagency collaborations, aim to help farmers become resilient to Climate Change as the impact of severe El Niño poses a threat to agricultural production and food security.

In photo: Hon. Victor V. Javellana, Board Member 4th District, Hon. Nicholas M. Yulo, Vice Mayor Bago City, (center) Hon. Alfredo G. Marañon, Governor, Negros Occidental, Ms. Rosemary R. Caunca, Provincial Consultant on Local Governance and Government Alliance for Agricultural Productivity, Hon. Ramon D. Torres, Mayor, Bago City, Mr. Rafael Luces, FIACN-BRIS, Vice President, Engr. Jesus L. Dato-on, Division Manager A, NIA Region VI, Dr. Joyce S. Wendam, Regional Technical Director, DA-NIR, Hon. Ma. Josefa G. Matti, Councilor, Bago City, and Hon. Allan C. Galunan, Councilor, Bago City, pose with Negros Occidental IAs with their farm machineries and equipment.

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