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Reference No.:106
News Title:NIA SWITCHES ON JICA-FUNDED MINI-HYDRO POWER PLANT IN ISABELA
Content:SAN MATEO, Isabela - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) led the switching-on ceremony of the 45-kilowatt mini-hydro power plant along an irrigation canal here on November 4, 2014.

NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal (2nd from L) and MARIIS Operations Manager Mariano G. Dancel (1st from R) accompany DOE Undersecretary Zenaida Y. Monsada (3rd from L) and JICA Senior Representative of the Economic Growth Sector Eigo Azukizawa (2nd from R) in opening the gates of the new 45KW JICA-funded mini-hydro power facility along Lateral B of the MARIS Main Canal in San Mateo Isabela. With them is DOE Director Mario C. Marasigan.

Funded by JICA, the hydro-power facility is constructed along Lateral, District 2 of the NIA-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS) here. The newly inaugurated facility can benefit 45 households with an individual consumption of 1000 watts.

Funded by JICA, the hydro-power facility is constructed along Lateral, District 2 of the NIA-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS) here. The newly inaugurated facility can benefit 45 households with an individual consumption of 1000 watts.

NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, Department of Energy Undersecretary Zenaida Y. Monsada, and JICA Senior Representative of the Economic Growth Section Eigo Azukizawa led the switching-on ceremony of the demonstration project which started construction in March and was completed in October this year.

Padernal said that although the new mini-hydropower is not as big as what others expect, the significance of the project is enormous. "NIA would like to replicate such projects in other areas. That is one of the reasons why all our irrigation managers from the different regions are here," he said.

The NIA Administrator said that secondary to irrigation, the agency operates and implements hydropower projects in applicable areas. "In fact, we are planning to bid out over 50 new hydro power projects of various capacities around the Philippines the soonest possible time," he shared.

Undersecretary Monsada said the residents in the community where the facility is located will now have better access to energy.

The first of its kind in the country, the project shows that it is viable to utilize existing irrigation canals even with small water heads for power generation.

The NIA-MARIIS, through its Division II office, will be operating and maintaining the new facility.

NIA Administrator Florencio Padernal, DOE Undersecretary Zenaida Monsada, and JICA Representative Eigo Azukizawa during the switching-on of the 45kw mini-hydropower facility in San Mateo, Isabela. The event was witnessed by all the NIA regional irrigation managers (in green hard hats).

Date Published:2014-11-11
Reference No.:105
News Title:NIA, SN ABOITIZ TO OPTIMIZE MARIS RESERVOIR
Content: Ramon, Isabela - "We have to be thankful for a project that helps a lot in increasing the income of farmers which is our ultimate objective," said National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Florencio Padernal during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Magat River Irrigation System (MARIS) dam optimization project here on November 4, 2014. The project is in collaboration with the SN Aboitiz Power-Magat Inc. (SNAP-Magat).

The MARIS reservoir is located in the downstream portion of the Magat Dam, one of the largest multipurpose dams in Asia, and is part of the NIA-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MARIIS).

The initiative is seen to increase the storage capacity of the MARIS reservoir by up to eight million cubic meters that will primarily improve the delivery of irrigation water to a larger area of farm lands. NIA-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MARIIS) Operations Manager Mariano G. Dancel shared that with the optimization project, irrigating the whole service area of 85,000 hectares would be possible.

NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal said the project is a clear manifestation of a real, effective, efficient private-public partnership. "Increasing storage water capacity of the MARIS reservoir is laudable as it denotes water security for peaking hours and saves water in cases of abnormal weather condition or in times of crisis as well as increased power generation," he added.

SNAP-Magat Executive Director Danny de Guzman, on the other hand, noted that the project is an example of collective work between NIA and SNAP. "These collaborative projects are underpinned by not only technical expertise between NIA and SNAP but also the strength of the partnership that we've forged over the past seven years," he added.

The project will also provide flexibility for power generation. This could potentially add up 7.75 megawatts of additional capacity for the Luzon grid.

The project is seen to start January next year and is expected to be completed in 2016.

(L-R) MARIIS Operations Manager Mariano G. Dancel, Ifugao Governor Dennis Habawel, NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, Ramon Mayor Wilfredo L. Tabag, and Danilo de Guzman, SN Aboitiz Power Executive Director during the ceremonial ground breaking at the project site. Behind them are SNAP executives and Danilo Tumamao, representative of the Governor of Isabela.

Date Published:2014-11-11
Reference No.:104
News Title:NIA, NUEVA ECIJA LGU HOST WATER SUMMIT, LAY DOWN BATTLE PLAN AGAINST EL NIÑO
Content:Palayan City, Nueva Ecija - The National Irrigation Administration led by Administrator Florencio F. Padernal and the provincial government of Nueva Ecija headed by Governor Aurelio M. Umali hosted this year's Nueva Ecija Water Summit on October 15, 2014 at the Nueva Ecija Convention Center, this city. The activity primarily aimed to present the current water situation in the coverage area of Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (UPRIIS) - headed by Engr. Reynaldo D. Puno - to base the formulation of measures that would help to mitigate the negative effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

El Niño

PAG-ASA forecasted that the climate phenomenon, which occurs across the tropical Pacific Ocean, will peak during the last quarter of 2014 until beginning of second quarter of 2015. This particular climate pattern is mostly associated with lack of rainfall occurrence, drought, and abnormal weather conditions. Countries that are dependent on agriculture and fisheries like the Philippines are said to be the most affected by El Niño. Due to this event, rice and food production will likely to suffer.

Affected Area

Currently, Pantabangan Dam had been suffering the initial effects of the phenomenon. Due to the lack of rainfall occurrence, particularly in Luzon, the water elevation of the reservoir as of July 2014 is only at 182 meters. Based on the average and maximum inflows, the projected water level on November 30 is 194.22 meters (average inflow) or 209.53 (maximum inflow) which is still below the Operation Rule Curve of 212.15 meters.

In connection to this, it is forecasted that only 70% or 80,842 hectares out of UPRIIS's total irrigable area of 114,490 hectares can be programmed for irrigation for the Dry Cropping Season 2015 that will affect 27,332 farmers.

Convergence

Also one of the main purposes of the water summit is to convene the stakeholders involved in rice and food production in the province. It became the venue for all the participants to share trends and practices in relation to increasing agricultural productivity amidst the El Niño phenomenon. Aside from Padernal, Umali, and Puno, present during the summit were: DOST-PAGASA Administrator Dr. Vicente B. Malano; Department of Agriculture Asst. Regional Director Cris Bautista; and Representative of the OPAFSAM Ferdinand Hombrebueno. Also present were representatives from other private and government agencies, LGUs, and officials and members of Irrigators Associations (IAs).

Attendees of the 2014 Nueva Ecija Water Summit hosted by NIA-UPRIIS on October 15, 2014 at the Nueva Ecija Convention Center, Palayan City.

NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal and UPRIIS Operations Manager Reynaldo D. Puno assured the participants of the Water Summit that NIA is well-prepared for El Niño.

Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio M. Umali said he will allot funds to improve water flow of Peñaranda River hence improving irrigation especially during the peak of El Niño.

Date Published:2014-10-21
Reference No.:103
News Title:PANGILINAN CAMPAIGNS TO IMPROVE LIVES OF FARMERS, PADERNAL RALLIES SUPPORT OF EMPLOYEES
Content:NIA Tacloban, Leyte - "I am happy to be talking to you but you should be part of the system. Tulong, tulong tayo." This is what Administrator Florencio F. Padernal emphasized in his message when he met the employees of NIA Region 8 during his visit in the regional office on October 9, 2014. He was welcomed by officials and personnel of the regional office and IMOs headed by Regional Manager Romeo G. Quiza.

As part of the 2-day visit, Engr. Padernal first held a dialogue with the NIA employees to discuss his management thrusts. He pointed out that he wanted to engender change in the agency through professionalization in order to gain respectability. He also stressed on the need to fast-track the implementation of projects, especially the carry-over projects, until December 2014.

The Administrator also mentioned about the creation of his 10-year master plan that will serve as the agency's roadmap in addressing issues regarding irrigation service delivery and political interventions.

"I am a performer, I produce," he further stated, aiming to motivate the Region 8 NIAns in doing their part efficiently.

Just like his visits in other regions, Engr. Padernal immediately proceeded with his project site inspection together with NIA-8 Regional Manager Romeo G. Quiza. Their team visited Sta. Rita Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Sta. Rita SRIP) in Western Samar where he expressed his satisfaction with the physical accomplishment of the project but also encouraged fast-tracking to complete it before 2017. The team then visited Binahaan River Irrigation System (BRIS) back in Tacloban to check on the Bangon 3 Retention Pool that started operating during the 1st Cropping Season of 2014.

PAFSAM attends IA Presidents Forum

The second day of Padernal's field visit was highlighted by the arrival of Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (PAFSAM) Secretary Francis N. Pangilinan as they both attended the IA Presidents Forum at the Patio Victoria, San Jose, Tacloban. Also with them was Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto.

In his message to the employees, Pangilinan underlined the importance of farmers to NIA. "It is because of the farmers that is why NIA exists, so we have to give our best effort to improve their lives," he said. "Kung mahal mo ang trabaho mo, mamahalin mo rin ang mga magsasaka," he added.

It was also the message Pangilinan enunciated during the forum where he and Padernal handed out awards to the CY 2013 Most Outstanding Irrigators Associations, namely: Matando IA of Hindang-Hilongos RIS (NIS Category) and Hingatungan IA, Inc., Silago, Southern Leyte (CIS Category).

Pangilinan further emphasized the importance of farmers in his message. "We should move away from subsistence farming to a sustainable, viable farming. Irrigation is critical, without irrigation we cannot accomplish food security and IAs play a crucial role and we will give support to improve the quality of life of our clients," he said.


"Tulong, tulong tayo." This is NIA Administrator's call to the employees of NIA Region 8 during his visit on October 9, 2014.


PAFSAM Secretary Francis N. Pangilinan is warmly welcomed by the NIA Region 8 personnel as he arrived at the NIA Tacloban Office on October 10, 2014 to attend the Irrigators Association (IA) Presidents' Forum.

(From L-R) NIA Region 8 Manager Romeo G. Quiza, PAFSAM Secretary Francis N. Pangilinan, Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, and Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto at the dais during the IA Presidents Forum on October 10, 2014 at the Patio Victoria, San Jose, Tacloban City, Leyte.

Date Published:2014-10-15
Reference No.:102
News Title:ADMINISTRATOR PADERNAL INSPECTS REGION 9 PROJECTS, GRACES OFFICE INAUGURATION
Content:Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur - In line with his aim to review and eventually improve NIA's irrigation project implementation in the country, the newly appointed Administrator made his first visit in region 9 on October 7 & 8, 2014. Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, DPA was set to inspect major projects in Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga del Norte during his two-day visit. He was accompanied by Department Manager for Public Affairs and Information Staff, Pilipina P. Bermudez.

Project Inspections

Engr. Padernal started his project inspection by visiting proposed irrigation projects with flood-control needs. First was in Salug River Irrigation System (SARIS) in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur where he was briefed on the effect of climate change particularly on the flooding of its service area affecting 1,450 hectares out of its 7,809-ha service area. The same issues of flooding that affects irrigation and the need of drainage facilities were presented to him in his visit to Sibuguey Valley Irrigation System (SVIS) in Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay, Dipolo River Irrigation System (DRIS) in Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur, and Titay Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Titay SRIP).

The flood-control components of the projects - which are scheduled for Feasibility Study and Detailed Engineering in 2015 - are covered by the convergence program of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) led by Secretary Rogelio L. Singson. The convergence program was initiated as a holistic approach to solve problems confronting irrigation and flood control that affect productivity in irrigated areas.

The Administrator also visited two major on-going projects in Zamboanga del Norte namely: Lagag SIP, a new irrigation project located in Lagag, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte with a service area of 120 hectares with 85 farmer-beneficiaries; and, 92%-completed Sindangan CIS located in Brgy. Labakid, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte covering a service area of 425 hectares with 450 famer-beneficiaries which is set to be finished in the later part of the year.

Acknowledging IAs and Employees

As important part of his field visit, he also met with NIA employees and Irrigators Association (IA) presidents to personally present his strategic directions to achieve the agency's goals. He highlighted his vision for a holistic development of the agency, employing a multi-disciplinary approach to project implementation and management.

He highlighted the importance of a strengthened partnership between the farmers through the IAs and NIA. He also encouraged young professionals to beef-up their knowledge and skills to become future leaders of NIA.

NIA Region 9 Manager Engr. Diosdado R. Rosales assured ENgr. Padernal that the region together with the farmers is performing and helping the administration achieve its goals.

LGU Partnerships

Engr. Padernal also met with LGU officials in the region to discuss how they can pull their resources together to solve the irrigation needs of the region as well as the perennial flooding in Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte. He first met with District II Congresswoman Ann K. Hofer of Zamboanga Sibugay to discuss irrigation plans in the province. He also met Governor Tony Cerilles of Zamboanga del Sur and Congresswoman Aurora Cerilles upon return to Pagadian City. Administrator Padernal also met the Congressman of the 2nd District of Zamboanga del Norte, Hon. Rosendo S. Labadlbad, before returning to Manila.

'Light at the end of the tunnel'

In his message during the inauguration of the newly-completed NIA IX office and training center, Administrator Padernal summoned cooperation among employees, managers, and farmers alike to help him in solving the problems of the agency. He appealed to everyone to do their share in fast-tracking implementation of projects programmed in 2015 more so the carryover projects of the past years. He also intends to conduct workshops and fora among farmer stakeholders of NIA as one of the preparations of his 10-year master plan for irrigation. Padernal, who is now on his third month in office, assured the region that good things are coming to NIA. His introduction to new strategies in the entire project implementation and other organizational reforms being done now were just few of the tenets of his administration.

"Friends, I tell you, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Lalago po ang NIA," he said.

Administrator Florencio F. Padernal (center), together with (From L-R) PAIS Department Manager Pilipina P. Bermudez, DA Asst. Technical Director Dennis Palabrica, and Regional Irrigation Manager Diosdado A. Rosales, cuts the ribbon in the opening of the new Regional Office and Training Center in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.

Regional Manager Diosdado A. Rosales (L) explains to Administrator Padernal the plan details of the Titay SRIP project in Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay with Zamboanga Sibugay IMO Head Engr. Carlos A. Sabado (R).

Administrator Padernal dialogues with the Irrigators Association (IA) presidents of Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Date Published:2014-10-15
Reference No.:101
News Title:UMAYAM IRRIGATION PROJECT VISITED
Content:NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal taking time out from his busy schedule in Central Office visited the Umayam River Irrigation Project (URIP) in NIA Caraga Region.

URIP covers the municipalities of La Paz and Loreto, Agusan del Sur and was designed to provide sustainable development, increase agricultural production, uplift farmers' living condition, generate employment and encourage local business opportunities in the area. It aims to generate 6,729 hectares with 2,125 farmer beneficiaries.

The project implementation started in CY2012 and targeted for completion in CY2015. It was undertaken by contract and force account works, with the total project cost of Php1, 474,072,000. The Administrator visited the site with Regional Manager Encarnacion S. Soriano, EOD Manager Engr. Constancio G. Bana-ay, Jr., Engr. Gregorio Y. Pang, Jr., URIP Project Manager, and contractor representatives, and discussed the quality and standards of the construction.

Prior to the site inspection, URIP team presented the physical accomplishments of the project showing positive slippage for all packages. With the technical expertise of the Administrator, he shared the possible innovations/strategies to fast track the implementation, such as the installation of pre-cast structures.

These actions assure the URIP beneficiaries that NIA is determined to implement its projects and irrigate the farmland with the given date of completion. (Jane B. Huqueriza)

Administrator Florencio F. Padernal (4th from right) with Engr. Gregorio Y. Pang, Jr., URIP Project Manager (3rd from right), Acting Regional Manager Encarnacion S. Soriano (2nd from left), Engr. Constancio G. Bana-ay, Jr.(3rd from left), Engr. Ferdinand D. Amon (4th from left), and URIP & ADS IMO staff at URIP PMO, Agusan del Sur.

Administrator Padernal checking the standard and quality of on-going construction

Administrator Padernal with NIA Caraga Officials and Staff together with URIP Team and Contractor representatives at Dam site

Date Published:2014-09-22
Reference No.:100
News Title:MORE FARMERS TO PLANT RICE IN ISABELA, THANKS TO NEW IRRIGATION STRUCTURE
Content:Corn farmers in four barangays in San Isidro, Isabela can now shift to rice farming as the Patanad Diversion Dam and Patanad Pumping Station start to operate after years of waiting. This will eventually contribute in the National Irrigation Agency (NIA)'s efforts in increasing rice production in the country.

The Patanad Diversion Dam, which was inaugurated on April 23, 2014, reuses water from Quitabayag Creek that traverses Barangay Patanad to irrigate 200 hectares of farmland that were previously used mostly for corn. The construction of the diversion dam sparked hope among corn farmers who wanted to shift to rice and to those with farmlands in elevated areas.

Patanad Diversion Dam in Barangay Patanad, San Isidro, Isabela. The diversion dam reuses water from Quitabayag Creek that traverses Barangay Patanad to irrigate 200 hectares of farmland.

Part of the project is the construction of the Patanad Pumping Station, which was opened on June 26, 2014, that would irrigate about 250 hectares in four barangays namely Patanad, Camarag, Gomez, and Doña Paulina. It started irrigating 115 hectares of rice land for wet crop 2014 and the rest of the benefitted area will be irrigated on the next cropping season once lands have been converted from corn to rice farming. Prior to the pump system, farmers have been using their own diesel-powered pumps.

Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS) Operations Manager Engr. Mariano G. Dancel said that the presence of the project signals the beginning of a more progressive agricultural economy in the municipality. As of December 2013, MARIIS had been irrigating 60% of agricultural lands in the municipality and the construction of the project will surely increase irrigated areas.

Farmer-beneficiaries, as well as local government officials, expressed their gratitude to NIA because of the positive impact of the project to the municipality. San Isidro Mayor Rey Socrates L. Velasco said the project will surely improve the lives of farmers who have long been waiting for irrigation. Barangay Patanad chief Virgilio Castillo on the other hand said that the construction of the diversion dam was the happiest event held in their barangay and that it will truly change their lives.

Engr. Dancel, speaking on behalf of NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, said that farmers could count on the agency to look for more lands to irrigate as it is NIA's mandate and to provide farmers with improved irrigation service. - with reports from Melissa C. Agbisit, NIA-MARIIS PRO

Patanad Pumping Station in Barangay Dońa Paulina, San Isidro, Isabela The pump system irrigation draws water from the diversion dam that will provide irrigation water to 250 hectares of farmlands in Barangays Patanad, Camarag, Gomez, and Doña Paulina

Date Published:2014-09-16
Reference No.:99
News Title:NIA ADMINISTRATOR LEADS HARVEST FESTIVAL IN MARIIS, HAILS INCREASE IN FARMERS INCOME
Content:Roxas, Isabela - Despite the water supply challenge during the start of this cropping season, farmers in the NIA-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS) are now reaping their golden harvest.

The Administrator strikes a pose at one of the display booths at the side of the Roxas Astrodome during the Rice Harvest Festival on September 12, 2014. (left to right) MARIIS-Division III Manager William B. Oppuer, NIA-Public Affairs and Information Staff Manager Pilipina P. Bermudez, MARIIS Administrative and Finance Manager Editha Valledor Daguio Morales, Roxas Mayor Benedict C. Calderon, and MARIIS Operations Manager Mariano G. Dancel.

Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, together with MARIIS Operations Manager Mariano G. Dancel and Isabela Governor Faustino "Bojie" G. Dy, led the ceremonial harvest on a rice farm under the North East Siffu Council of Irrigators Association here on September 12, 2014.

About 117,000 metric tons of palay have been harvested from 23,000 hectares of rice lands in the System. Engr. Dancel proudly shared that MARIIS is the first to harvest palay for this cropping season.

Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, MARIIS Operations Manager Mariano G. Dancel, and Isabela Governor Faustino "Bojie" G. Dy III ride a combined harvester-thresher, leading the rice harvest festival in Roxas, Isabela on September 12, 2014.

"Water supply was low from April to May but we pushed for early water delivery and now farmers are getting higher prices for their produce," he said.

He said that in 2012, MARIIS farmers reported an average income of P36,000 per hectare but for this year the reported average income has increased to P67,000.

Administrator Florencio F. Padernal congratulated the MARIIS farmers for a very good harvest. "But we have to look forward to the next harvest which would be better," he challenged.

He said the National Irrigation Administration will always support the MARIIS farmers and provide them with efficient irrigation service. "In turn, this would result to improved income for the irrigators groups and farmers," the Administrator said.

The Administrator receives a Certificate of Appreciation from the Presidents of the Federations of Irrigators Associations in MARIIS (from left to right) Raymundo F. Prieto (FIAD II), Antonio A. Cruz (FIAD I representative), Nemesio F. Yadao (FIAD IV, CIAM), and Alejandrino S. Pascua (FIAD III).

Administrator Florencio F. Padernal interacts with farmers displaying their produce at the "bagsakan" set up at the side of the Roxas Astodome, shortly after he led the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the place.


At a rice farm under the North East Siffu Council of Irrigators Association the Administrator with the PAIS manager, MARIIS personnel, and local chief executives headed by Isabela Governor Faustino "Bojie" G. Dy III.


The Administrator with Isabela Governor Dy.

Date Published:2014-09-16
Reference No.:98
News Title:TARLAC LOCAL EXECUTIVES SUPPORT BBMP
Content:The Local executives (Sangguniang Bayan and Liga ng mga Barangay Officials) of San Jose, Tarlac share the same conviction that Tarlac Province can only achieve meaningful, sustainable, and substantial development if the Balog-Balog Dam is constructed. They will be drafting a joint resolution expressing their full support of the project and will be seeking the confirmation and approval of President Benigno S. Aquino for its immediate implementation thru Sec. Kiko N. Pangilinan, PAFSAM and NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal. The project will bring about enormous benefits not only in the agricultural and economic sectors but also in the environment. With its impact in the agricultural and economic development for Tarlac Province, every Tarlaque?o has now all the reasons to see its long awaited construction.

This is the result of the untiring efforts of Project Manager Dexter G. Patrocinio and BBMP Staff in presenting to LGU executives the components and benefits of the project and encouraging discussion on the proposed irrigation scheme for the San Jose upland communities near the damsite. Series of presentation were done during the San Jose Sangguniang Bayan Regular Session held at Brgy. Villa Aglipay, San Jose, Tarlac on August 26, 2014 and Joint-Session of the San Jose, Tarlac Sangguniang Bayan and Liga ng mga Barangay Officials at BBMB Conference Hall, NIA Compound, Brgy. Matatalaib, Tarlac City on September 1, 2014.

Date Published:2014-09-15
Reference No.:97
News Title:NIA, PAFSAM INAUGURATE ARIIP RE-REGULATING POND
Content:

August 8, 2014 - (inset photo) Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (PAFSAM) Secretary Francis Pangilinan (3rd from L) and NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal (2nd from L) led the inauguration of the P4.3 B re-regulating pond in San Roque, San Miguel, Pangasinan under the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project. With them are (L-R) ABONO Chairman Rosendo So, Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino Jr., Pangasinan 6th District Representative Marlene Primicias-Agabas, and Region 1 FIA President Oftociano Manalo. The pond (background), which can store up to 5 M cubic meters of water, serves as the catch basin of water released from San Roque Multipurpose Dam. When fully operational, the facility will irrigate about 34,450 hectares benefitting 28,207 farmers to seventeen (17) municipalities and one city and in four Congressional Districts in the Province of Pangasinan.

Date Published:2014-08-12
Reference No.:96
News Title:SEC PANGILINAN PRAISES MARIIS FOR FOCUS ON FARMERS' INCOME
Content:Cauayan, Isabela - Secretary Francis "Kiko" N. Pangilinan, Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization praised the Magat River Integrated Irrigation System for its focus not just on rice production but on the farmers' income.

with Secretary Francis "Kiko" N. Pangilininan in the photos are MARIIS OM Mariano G. Dancel, Administrator Florencio F. Padernal (hidden) and Confederation of Irrigators Associations in MARIIS President Nemesio S. Yadao.

On his July 26, 2014 visit, during the MARIIS celebration of the National Irrigation Administration's 51st Anniversary and awarding ceremony of the system's top performers, Sec. Pangilinan commended MARIIS Operations Manager Mariano G. Dancel for including the farmers' income in his presentation.

He said that most presentations he had seen so far only include irrigated areas, equipment, fund allocation and it was the first time that the farmers' income was reported.

"While NIA focuses on increasing the area of irrigated lands, it must always be in tandem with increasing the farmers' income," he added.

He said having 3-4 harvests a year does not matter if our farmers earn the same and continue to live a hard life. He shared what his then 9-year old daughter told him that we should treat farmers the same way we treat our parents because they are the ones feeding us.

He said that some farmers are over 50 years old and they are earning an average income of P23,000 a year and it is sad how they are preyed upon by bogus farmer organizations and foundations.

He said that the Philippine would not be able to establish a progressive economy with a sustainable growth if we could not increase the income of our farmers.

Sec. Pangilinan said this is the strategy the PAFSAM is adapting to be able to provide real support to improve the lives of the Filipino farmers.

NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, who also graced the occasion, called on farmers to provide NIA officials feedback so it could work effectively and efficiently in delivering irrigation services.

Date Published:2014-07-30
Reference No.:95
News Title:NEWLY APPOINTED NIA ADMIN VISITS REGION VI ISs
Content:National Irrigation Administration's newly appointed Administrator visits NIA Region VI for the first time. Despite the heavy rains brought about by an impending storm, Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, in his rain boots, braved the downpour and mud in order to visit the project sites of Barotac Viejo Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (BVSRIP) in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo, Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) in Calinog, Iloilo, and Aganan Dam in San Miguel Iloilo.


At the Aganan Dam site, NIA Region VI Regional Irrigation Manager Engr. Gerardo P. Corsiga, NIA Region VI personnel, Mayor Dunstan Claudio Sale of the Municipality of San Miguel, and Irrigators' Associations of Iloilo-Guimaras River Irrigation System held a short dialogue with the Administrator.

In his message, Admin Padernal said the he will develop a case study based on JRMP II and BVSRIP to replicate in other parts of the country. He also promised to help the IAs build good IA offices complete with tables and chairs.

The IAs presented their certificate of commitment and appreciation to the new NIA Administrator. The event also became a venue to Turn-over the Checks to IMT/IA Performers.

For Clearing Remuneration for one clearing period, PD Monfort IA of Jalaur Extension River Irrigation System (RIS), with their President Mr. Rodgie Dolendo received a check amounting to Php 3,344.20. After gaining a collection efficiency of 99% for Wet Season 2013, HAMPAPRO IA of Barotac Viejo RIS with their President Mr. Roberto Balayo received an amount of Php 12,853.52 as IA Incentive on Current Account Collection. While PALACATI-AN IA of Aganan-Sta. Barbara RIS with their President Mr. Eduardo Alcasaren received an amount of Php 111,665.42 as IA Incentive on Back Account Collection.

Date Published:2014-07-30
Reference No.:94
News Title:JRMP II STAKEHOLDERS' FORUM AND MOA SIGNING FOR JRMP II AND PRBIDP
Content:National Irrigation Administration Region VI and Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) held its Stakeholders' Forum and MOA signing for the Security Framework of JRMP II and Panay River Integrated Development Project (PRBIDP) at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.

The said event was attended by Gov. Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. of the Province of Iloilo, Gov. Victor A. Tanco of the Province of Capiz, Dr. Raul N. Banias, Iloilo Provincial Administrator, BGen Arnold M. Quiapo, Brigade Commander, 3rd IB, PC Supt Josephus Angan, Regional Director, PRO 6, Atty. Dennis Ventilacion, Provincial Legal Officer, Mayor Alex Centena of the Municipality of Calinog, Iloilo, Mayor Rosemarie gardosse of the Municipality of Tapaz, Capiz, Consultants from the Korean Rural Community (KRC) and the stakeholders from the barangays affected by the highline canal and new areas.

The event became a venue to present to the stakeholders the several aspects and benefits of JRMP II and a chance for an open forum to discuss the queries and issues regarding the project.





Date Published:2014-07-30
Reference No.:93
News Title:NIA CHIEF VISITS PROJECT SITES
Content:In line with his aim to fast-track project implementation to increase the country's irrigated areas, NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal visited the NIA Field Offices in Region 1 and Region 3 on July 18, 2014 to personally assess the status of NIA's big-ticket projects including the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (ARIIP) in Pangasinan and the soon-to-be constructed Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project (BBMP) in Tarlac. He also met with the regional and project officials to discuss strategies to expedite the implementation of irrigation projects.

NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, together with ARIIP Project Manager Reynaldo C. Mencias, PM Dexter Patrocinio, and NIA Region 1 Manager Vicente R. Vicmudo, inspects the newly constructed Agno River Irrigation System Re-regulating Pond (ARRRP) in San Manuel, Pangasinan (inset photo). The pond (background) serves as the catch basin of water released from San Roque Multipurposed Dam power operation. When fully operational, the ARRRP will irrigate about 34,450 hectares benefitting 18,207 farmers to seventeen (17) municipalities and one city in the Province of Pangasinan.

NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal (second from right) visits the Resettlement Area in San Jose, Tarlac for the affected households when the construction of the Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project starts. With him is Project Manager Dexter G. Patrocinio (second from left).

NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal points toward Bulsa River, the water source for the soon-to-be constructed Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project (BBMP). With him is Project Manager Dexter G. Patrocinio. BBMP in San Jose, Tarlac when completed will irrigate about 34,410 hectares (12,475 ha existing and 21,935 ha new) in eight (8) towns and one city covering 3 congressional districts in the province of Tarlac.

Date Published:2014-07-22
Reference No.:92
News Title:NIA ADMINISTRATOR DEMONSTRATES A FAST-PACED AND MORE RESPONSIVE NIA SERVICES
Content:
Barely a week after the appointment of Hon. Florencio F. Padernal as NIA administrator, he surprised the farmers and NIA employees in Negros Occidental by his unannounced visit where he demonstrated a fast-paced and more responsive NIA services.

Armed only with a camera, tablet and stored knowledge and experiences, the Administrator squeezed his time and attended a dialogue with the farmers, inspected the Bago River Irrigation System, participated in the Pre-Construction Conference, visited a communal irrigation system and conducted a meeting with the contractors.

The productive dialogue with the farmers yield optimism. The administrator noted the farmers concerns on poorly maintained irrigation roads, delayed repair of damages caused by typhoons, excessive water conveyance losses due to earth canals and the threats on water shortage due to water permit applications of private persons to draw water from Bago River. These concerns were put in writing and hand carried by the administrator who traveled alone.

As an engineer himself, the administrator quickly noted interventions that should be done to further improve the delivery of services when he personally inspected the irrigation systems. He said, he would include in his targets the installation of CCTVs in major dams across the country for efficient monitoring particularly during floods and droughts.

A down to earth public service was demonstrated when Engr. Padernal stood from his chair an assist in posting of visual aids during the pre-construction conference for the Maragandang Augmentation project participated by the local officials, irrigators' associations, project contractor and other irrigation stakeholders. He engaged the commitment of the attendees to closely monitor the project and report immediately any irregularity that they may observe.

The contractors were advised to hasten project construction, otherwise NIA will impose necessary measures. The administrator promised to return within 60 days and personally assess the progress of work. Before he depart, Engr. Padernal congratulated Engr. Lorena B. Sioco, Officer-in-Charge of Negros Occidental Irrigation Management Office and Ms. Rosemary R. Caunca, President of League of Federation of Irrigators Association for the cohesive team work of NIA, LGUs and the farmers through their Irrigators' Associations.
Date Published:2014-07-11
Reference No.:91
News Title:NIA HAS A NEW ADMINISTRATOR
Content:
NIA Quezon City - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) welcomes its new Administrator, Engr. Florencio F. Padernal, DPA. He was appointed as member of the NIA Board of Directors by no less than President Benigno Simeon Aquino III on July 2.

On July 4, he was officially elected and proclaimed as the new NIA Administrator during a meeting of the Board presided by Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (PAFSAM) Secretary Francis N. Pangilinan. The proclamation was followed by a simple turn-over of leadership from former Administrator Claro V. Maranan, whose term ended on June 30, to Engr. Padernal. The turn-over rites was witnessed by other NIA Board members and the agency's senior officials.

An Engineer by profession, Padernal had once been the Chairman of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) from 2002 to 2004. He also worked as a consultant and chief technical adviser of the World Bank in China and Mongolia from 1990 to 1993. He also held various posts including chief civil engineer and project director in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for 16 years.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Adamson University. Aside from being a licensed Civil Engineer, he finished a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Pamatasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and a Ph.D in Public Administration from Centro Escolar University.

Engr. Florencio F. Padernal, DPA takes oath as new NIA Administrator to Secretary Francis N. Pangilinan as NIA Board of Directors look on. (From left) Former Administrator Claro V. Maranan; NPC President Ma. Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita; DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson; NEDA Deputy Director-General Rolando G. Tungpalan; and Ismael D. Tabije.

Secretary Francis N. Pangilinan administers the oath to newly installed NIA Administrator, Engr. FLorencio F. Padernal.

Outgoing Administrator turns over the symbolic key of leadership to the newly appointed NIA Chief, Engr. Florencio F. Padernal.

Date Published:2014-07-08
Reference No.:90
News Title:NIA INAUGURATES IRRIGATION PROJECTS IN PALAWAN
Content:
National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Claro V. Maranan together with Assistant Administrator Romy Anonuevo, Manager for Operations Department Efren Roqueza, IMO Division Manager-A Mario M. Hebreo and other officials inaugurate new irrigation projects from June 26 to 27, 2014 in the province of Palawan.

The inauguration of the said projects is part of the agency's on-going efforts to provide a rapid delivery of irrigation projects to farmers in the province that they need for their crops.

"This is President Pnoy's answer to the needs of irrigation in our country. It is an accomplishment by the President that was made through NIA," Maranan said. He added that his visit is in line with No. 7 of his Seven Point Program which is to "build stronger commitment to farmers and other stakeholders".

The projects inaugurated in the Northern part of Palawan are the Sandoval Small Irrigation Project is an Ogee Dam located at Roxas, Palawan built at the cost of P9,418,811.40 that covers the First District composed of Brgy. Sandoval, Roxas, Palawan. It has an irrigable area of 60.40 hectares that will benefit 42 farmers and is under the Arutayan Irrigators Association.

Mabini Small Irrigation Project is an Ogee Dam located at El Nido, Palawan that was built at the cost of P24,045,778.59 that covers the First District and is located at Brgy. Mabini, El Nido, Palawan. It has an irrigable area of 110 hectares that will benefit 38 farmers and is under the Samahang Manunubig ng Mabini, Inc.

Projects inaugurated in the Southern part are the Ibato-Iraan Small Reservoir Project is located at Aborlan, Palawan that covers the Third District composed of Brgy. Sagpangan, Isaub and Iraan. It has an irrigable area of 860 hectares that will benefit 425 farmers and under Ibato Iraan Farmers Irrigators Association Inc.

Tigman Communal Irrigation System is an Ogee Dam located at Aborlan, Palawan that was built at the cost of P7,769,520.30 and covers the Third District. It has an irrigable area of 140 hectares (80 hectares, restored) that will benefit 53 farmers and is under the Mantig del Plari IA.

Batang-Batang River Irrigation System is a Teruvian Intake located at Narra, Palawan that was built at the cost of P29,929,147.20 and covers the Second District. It covers 500 hectares of restored area and 700 hectares of rehabilitated area.

Aside from the inauguration of the new projects, the NIA Administrator also inspected Barutoan Small Irrigation Project at El Nido and the Ibato-Iraan Diversion Dam at Aborlan in Palawan and found that the said on-going projects will be finished in two years instead of three.

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) inaugurates 12 irrigation projects in Palawan on June 26-27. Photo shows NIA Administrator Claro V. Maranan (2nd,right) opens the irrigation steel gate together with Mayor Edna Lim of El Nido (2nd,left), IMO-Div.Manager A, Mario M. Hebreo (right) and Ernie Daizon, IA-President. Mabini Small Irrigation Project is an Ogee Dam that was built at the cost of P24,045,778.59 and has an irrigable area of 110 hectares that covers the First District and is located at Bry. Mabini, El Nido, Palawan.

Date Published:2014-07-01
Reference No.:88
News Title:NIA's 51st ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SET
Content:
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has scheduled a number of activities for its week-long 51st Anniversary Celebration from June 16 to 20, 2014 with the theme "Tulong-tulong, Sama-sama sa Pagsulong ng NIA sa Pandaigdigang Pagbabago ng Klima."

NIA celebrates its 51st Anniversary National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Claro Maranan (at the podium) delivers his inspirational message to employees during the NIA's 51st Anniversary Celebration last June 20, 2014 with the theme "Tulong-tulong, Sama-sama sa Pagsulong ng NIA sa Pandaigdigang Pagbabago ng Klima" at the Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City. Also in the photo are (seated at the stage from l-r) are Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Modesto Membreve, Deputy Administrator for Administration and Finance Lorna Grace Rosario and Senior Deputy Administrator Felix Razo.

According to Public Affairs and Information Staff (PAIS) department head Ms. Pilipina P. Bermudez during the flag raising ceremony, the activities lined up for the said event will start with a forum on "Mag-negosyo On Choosing A Profitable Business" conducted by the Technological Resource Center on June 16 at 1pm at the IEC Building.

There will also be a tiangge to be sponsored by the Philippine Carabao Center and the Bureau of Forest and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) from June 16 to 18. This will be followed by Fun and Game activities to be coordinated by NIAEASP and a program on Gender and Development on June 19 and 20.

The main activity will be on the 20th of June, starting with a morning mass at 9 a.m., followed by breakfast with NIA Administrator Claro V. Maranan together with officials and employees and program proper in the afternoon.

Administrator Maranan reported that among the accomplishments made by the Agency has been improvements in its database and that it has bidded out the projects for 2012 and 2013. He added that as of March of 2014, NIA's accomplishment was around 72.54% that shows improvement in the delivery of irrigation development projects.

He also said that they are coordinating with the staff of Secretary Francis N. Pangilinan and that during a two-day assessment of its performance, NIA passed the evaluation and thanked the Engineering and Financed Department for their contribution.

He also encouraged all the employees and officials to continue their efforts and work hard so that they can sustain the accomplishments that they have made for the future of the NIA.

NIA celebrates its 51st Anniversary The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) celebrated its 51st Anniversary last June 20, 2014 with the theme "Tulong-tulong, Sama-sama sa Pagsulong ng NIA sa Pandaigdigang Pagbabago ng Klima" at the Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City. Photo shows NIA Administrator Claro Maranan (fifth from right) together with Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Modesto Membreve (fourth from left), Deputy Administrator for Administration and Finance Lorna Grace Rosario (fifth from left), Senior Deputy Administrator Felix Razo (fourth from right) and regional directors and operation managers during the said event.

NIA awards Irrigators' Associations Ligaya Irrigators' Association President Antonio Cruz (center) accepts a Plaque of Appreciation and cash award from National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Claro Maranan (second from left) for Third Runner-up in the National Irrigation Systems Category CY 2013 during the NIA's 51st Anniversary Celebration last June 20, 2014 with the theme "Tulong-tulong, Sama-sama sa Pagsulong ng NIA sa Pandaigdigang Pagbabago ng Klima" at the Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City. Also in the photo are Senior Deputy Administrator Felix Razo (left) and NIA-MRIIS Operations Manager Mariano Dancel (right).

NIA awards Irrigators' Associations Boan BIDA Irrigators' Association President Helario Amas (center) accepts a Plaque of Appreciation and cash award from National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Claro Maranan (second from left) for from National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Claro Maranan (second from left) for Most Outstanding Irrigators Association in the Communal Irrigation Systems Category CY 2013 during the NIA's 51st Anniversary Celebration last June 20, 2014 with the theme "Tulong-tulong, Sama-sama sa Pagsulong ng NIA sa Pandaigdigang Pagbabago ng Klima" at the Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City. Also in the photo are Senior Deputy Administrator Felix Razo (left), Acting Regional Manager for Region XIII Encarnacion Soriano (second from right) and Balog-balog Project Manager Dexter Patrocinio (right).

NIA awards Irrigators' Associations Linugos Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc. President Napoleon Nesperos, Jr. (center) accepts a Plaque of of Appreciation and cash award from National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Claro Maranan (second from left) for Second Runner-up in the CARP Outstanding Irrigators Association CY 2013 during the NIA's 51st Anniversary Celebration last June 20, 2014 with the theme "Tulong-tulong, Sama-sama sa Pagsulong ng NIA sa Pandaigdigang Pagbabago ng Klima" at the Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City. Also in the photo are Deputy Administrator for Administration and Finance Lorna Grace Rosario (left), Senior Deputy Administrator Felix Razo (second from left) and Acting Regional Irrigations Manager for Region X Hilarion Cedeño (right).

Date Published:2014-06-24
Reference No.:87
News Title:NIA DISCUSSES HYDROPOWER PROJECT
Content:
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) under the directive of Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Secretary Francis N. Pangilinan, held a one-day Orientation on the Implementation of Hydropower Projects for the agency's Regional Offices last June 3, 2014 at the 5th Flr. Building A of the NIA Complex in Edsa, Diliman, Quezon City.

NIA discusses hydropower project - National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Claro Maranan (second from left) discuss the importance of hydropower during a one-day Orientation on the Implementation of Hydropower Projects for the agency's Regional Offices last June 3, 2014 at the 5th Flr. Building A of the NIA Complex in Edsa, Diliman, Quezon City. Also in the photo are NIA Hydropower and Other Special Water Development Projects Group Chairman Engr. Vicente Galvez (left), Senior Deputy Administrator Felix Razo (second from right) and NIA Hydropower and Other Special Water Development Projects Group Vice Chairman Atty. Genever Dionio (right).

The activity was organized by the NIA's Hydropower and Other Special Water Development Projects Group headed by its Chairman Assistant Administrator Vicente E. Galvez and hosted by Technical Secretariat Ms. Aubrey R. Sarmiento to brief Regional Managers and their focal persons on the potential benefits of utilizing hydropower to generate electricity that would benefit farmers and rural communities as well as to provide income for the agency.

NIA Administrator Claro V. Maranan who pursued this new venture for the agency has stressed the potential benefits of harnessing hydropower as one of his top priorities. "We should present and prioritized this to the Board of Directors meeting within June 2014 so we can take-off as to meet our target for CY 2014," he said.

Hydropower projects for energy generation was based on Presidential Decree No. 552 dated September 11, 1974 that amended and expanded the powers and objectives of the NIA that can be seen in Section 2.C which states that the Agency was created to achieve the optimum utilization and control of water resources primarily for Irrigation purposes, secondarily for Hydraulic Power Development and for Domestic Water supply and others.

The NIA Hydropower committee started their operation on March 7 of this year and set their objectives as follows: 1. To Prepare a comprehensive list of potential hydropower sites; 2. To Investigate project sites/determine initial feasibility; 3. To Evaluate and process eligibility requirements/submission of potential private developers; 3. To Contribute to energy security at a lower cost and 4. To Guarantee NIA's sustainable operations in support to other agricultural and water services.

Senior Deputy Administrator Felix M. Razo on his inspirational message said that NIA would become productive by establishing hydropower in the National Irrigation System that will become another source of income for the Agency.

During the orientation, AA Galvez presented the background and status of the Hydropower Development Program, plans and updates on potential hydropower sites. He also reported on the results of the coordination meeting with the Department of Energy and National Water Resources Board.

Engr. Mario H. Sande who is a member of the committee explained the procedures on Implementation Framework, Procurement Process and Financial Plan. Legal matters concerning the project were also presented and discussed by Committee Vice-Chairman Atty. Genever M. Dionio.

As of May 2014, a total of 336 potential sites have been identified with 251 sites in Luzon, 37 sites in Visayas and 48 sites in Mindanao with an initial 74,040 Megawatts and will generate a possible income of 1.85B. Site validation and assessment will be conducted by AA Galvez in Luzon, Operations Department Manager Efren S. Roqueza and Atty. Dionio in Visayas and Engineer Sande in Mindanao.

NIA discusses hydropower project - Department Managers, Regional Managers and their focal persons listen to a presentation during a one-day Orientation on the Implementation of Hydropower Projects for the agency's Regional Offices last June 3, 2014 at the 5th Flr. Building A of the NIA Complex in Edsa, Diliman, Quezon City. Also in the photo are (panel, l-r) Committee members Engr. Mario Sande, Ms. Virginia Atienza, Committee Chairman Engr. Vicente Galvez, Senior Deputy Administrator Felix Razo and Engr. Efren Roqueza. (right).

Date Published:2014-06-06
Reference No.:86
News Title:NIA-DENR FOREST MANAGEMENT PROJECT MEETING HELD
Content:
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) held a coordination meeting regarding a Forest land Management Project (FMP) of the Upper Pampanga River Basin last May 22, 2014 at the NIA Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City. Also being tapped for the project is the National Power Corporation (NPC).

NIA Administrator Claro V. Maranan and other Department Managers met with DENR Forest Management Bureau Director Ricardo Calderon and other officials who gave a presentation on the project whose main objectives were the following: 1. Rehabilitate degraded forest in Pantabangan-Carranglan watershed; 2. Improve forest conservation to improve social and economic conditions of affected communities; 3. Contribute to disaster risk mitigation efforts in vulnerable areas and 4. Strengthen forest land management through Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM).

NIA-DENR Forest Management Project meeting held The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) held a coordination meeting regarding a Forest land Management Project (FMP) of the Upper Pampanga River Basin last May 22, 2014 at the NIA Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City. Photo shows NIA Administrator Claro Maranan (center) with DENR Forest Management Bureau Director Ricardo Calderon (right), NIA Technical Assistant-Administrator's Office Arnulfo Querijero (left), NIA Operations Department Manager Efren Roqueza (second from left) and other officials during the discussion of the said project.

Other components of the said projects involve comprehensive site development through Survey, Mapping and Planning; Community Organizing; Site Development; Policy Initiative and Project Management.

The FMP project also states that within the four watershed areas that cover a total area of 44,613 hectares, around 14,133 hectares will be used in the project. These are 1. Barat: Brgys. Salazar, Burgos, (So Awayan and So Barat); 2. Seguim: Brgys. Bunga, R.A. Padilla, Burgos (Sitio Animoy) San Agustin (Sitio Ovito); 3. Pinagloriahan: Brgys. Gen. Luna, San Agustin, Burgos (Sitio Sawmill and Caloocan) and 4. Diaman: Brgy. Conversion, Nueva Vizcaya (Brgy. Lukidnon, Dupax del Sur).

A draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between three agencies has been presented where the NIA will support the FMP implementation as well as allow rehabilitation and development of the 14,133 hectares under LOI 1002 and continuously implement the biodiversity conservation programs within the protected area.

The DENR will implement, monitor and supervise the FMP in collaboration with stakeholders following the RA 7586 or the NIPAS Act as well as ensure the biodiversity conservation within the FMP or protected area and issue a tenurial instrument needed in the project implementation.

The NPC shall cooperate with NIA, maintain and develop the designated 1,000 hectares for reforestation, agro-plantation establishments located between Pinagloriahan and Diaman Subwatersheds and assist People's Organization as part of their corporate social responsibility as well protect, maintain and manage the 14,133 hectares after termination of the FMP in collaboration with the tenurial instrument holders in the area.

The draft MOA is currently being reviewed by the NIA's Legal Department and will be passed to the NIA Board for further evaluation and approval.

Date Published:2014-05-27
Reference No.:85
News Title:NIA WELCOMES SECRETARY KIKO PANGILINAN
Content:
The National Irrigation Administration's officials and employees welcomed Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (PAFSAM) Secretary Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan who arrived on Tuesday May 20, 2014 at NIA Central Office in Diliman, Q.C.

NIA welcomes Sec. Kiko Pangilinan National Irrigation Administration head Claro Maranan (left) accompanies Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Secretary Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan who arrived on Tuesday, May 20 at the NIA Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City.

This was followed by a presentation and briefing headed by NIA Administrator Claro Maranan together with Senior Deputy Administrator Felix Razo, Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Modesto Membreve, Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Lorna Grace Rosario and other officials on the following topics:
  1. Creation of NIA, Mission and Vision;
  2. Organizational Structure;
  3. Status of Irrigation Development;
  4. NIA's Measure of Performance;
  5. NIA Roadmap up to 2017;
  6. Status of IA Organization and Development; and
  7. Financial Concern.
During the briefing, Administrator Maranan introduced NIA's new Mission and Vision under his term. He emphasized the agency's new Mission which is "Development and management of water resources for irrigation and provision of necessary services on a sustainable basis consistent with the agricultural development program of the government" and its Vision is "A dynamic, viable and world-class government corporation, rendering irrigation and related irrigation services contributing to the inclusive growth of the country".

Also presented are the NIA's objectives which is to develop and maintain irrigation systems in support of the agricultural development program of the government; provide adequate level of irrigation service on a sustainable basis in partnership with farmers and LGU; support economic and social growth in rural areas thru irrigation development and management and improve and sustain the quality of NIA as a viable corporation and service-oriented agency.

Other topics discussed during the presentation were the status of irrigation development nationwide; NIA's financial report for CY 2011-2014; summary of projects (bidded, bidding, FAW) for CY 2014; potential irrigable area and its financial requirements; and irrigation targets (new/restoration) for CY 2013 and 2014.

After the presentation, the NIA officials accompanied Secretary Pangilinan to his office located at the Second Floor of NIA Central Office.

NIA briefing with Sec. Kiko Pangilinan National Irrigation Administration head Claro Maranan(right) briefed Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Secretary Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan (left) during a meeting held last May 20, 2014 at Central Office in Diliman, Q.C. regarding NIA's plans and programs.

NIA briefing with Sec. Kiko Pangilinan Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Secretary Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan (left) listens to a briefing headed by NIA Administrator Claro Maranan (second from left) regarding the background, functions, programs and projects of NIA which was held at the Central Office in Diliman, Q.C. Also in the photo are Senior Deputy Administrator Felix Razo (second from right), Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Modesto Membreve (third from right), Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Lorna Grace Rosario (fourth from right) and other NIA officials.

Date Published:2014-05-22
Reference No.:84
News Title:NIA-DA GROUND-BREAKING ILOILO IRRIGATION PROJECT HELD
Content:
Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala and National Irrigation Administration (NIA) head Claro Maranan together with local officials and beneficiaries officiated ceremonial ground-breaking and cornerstone-laying of the Barotac Viejo Small Reservoir Irrigation Project last May 8, 2014 in Brgy. Nueva Invencion, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo.

The major objective of the project is to promote rural development through the construction of small scale impounding dams and irrigation facilities; boost agricultural productivity and other incidental benefits and enhance the standard of living of small farmers in the area.

Construction of the proposed small reservoir irrigation project is expected to start by the 2nd quarter of this year at a total cost of Php 993,300,000.00.

Benefits of the project are the following: Provide adequate supply of irrigation water whole year round; Generate new area of 265 has. and 459 has.; Increase rice production from 265 Metric Tons to 409 Metric Tons and generate labor employment during construction.

Apart from the DA Secretary and NIA Administrator, other officials who attended the event were Senate President Franklin Drilon, 5th District of Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas, Jr., Iloilo Province Governor Arthur Defensor, Vice Governor Raul Tupas, Mayor Niel Tupas III, NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Modesto Membreve and NIA Region VI Regional Manager Gerard Corsiga.

Last April 2, 2014 Secretary Alcala and Administrator Maranan also officiated the inauguration of the Murcon Dam and the launching of the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS)-NIA Action Center (UNAC) in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ejica and the inauguration of the Maayon Communal Irrigation Project and Maayon CIP Diversion Works last April 11, 2014 at Maayon, Capiz in Region VI.
Date Published:2014-05-13
Reference No.:83
News Title:DA-NIA IRRIGATION PROJECTS IN REGION VI
Content:
Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala and National Irrigation Administration (NIA) head Claro Maranan together with local officials and beneficiaries officiated the inauguration of the Maayon Communal Irrigation Project and Maayon CIP Diversion Works last April 11, 2014 at Maayon, Capiz in Region VI.

The Maayon Communal Irrigation Project is a diversion works with a main canal of 17 kms and a lateral canal of 2.5 kms and drainages, two units of post harvest facilities, farm level facilities and service access roads.

The irrigation project is part of DA and NIA's on-going efforts to provide farmers with more water to irrigate their crops. Capiz 1st District Representative Antonio Del Rosario, Municipality Mayor of Maayon Wilfredo Borres, Sr. and other local officials attended the event.

Total cost of the facilities amounted to P201,450,000.00 with a service area of 780 hectares and will benefit 834 farmers.

During his speech, Secretary Alcala disclosed that another irrigation facility will be constructed in Brgy. Bayuyan, Municipality of President Roxas, Capiz also in Region VI starting next year.

The said proposed project named Bayuyan Small River Irrigation Project (SRIP) has a target area of 315 hectares with an initial budget of P150M for 2015 and the design is now on-going. The total proposed budget is P400M plus. This will benefit the barangays of Bayuyan, Badiangon, Carmencita, Vizcaya and Lantangan.
Date Published:2014-04-16
Reference No.:82
News Title:NIA PROJECTS ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Content:
The National Irrigation Administration-Caraga Region (NIA-Caraga) responding to the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP) of this administration was able to complete 72 of its 115 projects under CY 2012 and 14 of its 58 projects under CY 2013 with an overall physical accomplishment of 85.34% irrigating a total new area of 3,531 hectares. The delay in the implementation is caused either bad weather with the presence of various calamities last year or right of way problems in the area.

This office assured the public however that its corresponding funds are in tact and contractors implementing these projects were paid based on the accomplished items as reflected in their progress billings subject to evaluation and inspection by the technical staff.

For this year (2014), there are 51 projects due for implementation and hopefully without any impediments i.e. bad weather etc., these will be completed within the year so that it can be utilized by our farmer-beneficiaries as programmed.

This office, as a matter of procedure will conduct pre-construction conference prior to the start of project implementation. During the meeting, concerned Local Government Units (LGUs), Irrigators Association (IA), the Contractor and other stake holders are invited to clarify everything regarding the implementation for the purpose of transparency.
Date Published:2014-04-07
Reference No.:81
News Title:NIA POSTS 100.55% GCG COMMITMENT PERFORMANCE RATING
Content:
For its on-going efforts to improve its total performance, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) under the leadership of Administrator Claro V. Maranan, has posted a 100.55% commitment performance rating under the Governance Commission on all GOCCs (GCG) agreement for year 2013.

The said rating was reported by NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Felix M. Razo, Chairman of the GCG Committee that the result of computation of the Agency's total performance was conducted by management based on actual versus target physical and financial performance parameters for CY 2013.

Rating in physical aspect particularly in Support Services, the highest percentage is the total number of IAs with Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) contracts with a total of 2,292 surpassing its 2,075 target at 110.46% and Existing Service Area rehabilitated with a total of 481,832 surpassing its 443,661 target at 108.60% followed by the Rea Generated at 95.17%, Area Restored at 95.19%, Service Area Irrigated during Dry Season was 96.02% and Service Area Irrigated during Wet Season at 99.07% for a subtotal of 60.26%.

Corporate Viability such as Revenue from Regular Sources was at 101.44% and Contracts Review and Processing was at 100% for a subtotal of 40.29%. The two subtotal figures were added together amounting to the Agency's 100.55% Performance Rating.

The high performance rating results were also due to the dedication of the employees and officials to realize the NIA's commitment to providing better services to farmers and irrigators in the country. It is also in line with the Administrator's Seven Point Program in terms of organizational reform, process innovation and achieves corporate financial stability.

Due to the Agency's good performance rating, employees would be entitled to a Performance-Based Bonus. This would be possible once the Board approves the NIA's Bonus Distribution Proposal and the Manual of Corporate Governance.

At the conclusion of his report, Senior Deputy Administrator Razo reiterated the Agency's vision "To be a dynamic, viable, world-class government corporation rendering irrigation related services contributing to the inclusive growth of the country." The report on its performance is submitted to GCG for validation.
Date Published:2014-04-04
Reference No.:80
News Title:NIA INCREASES REVENUE COLLECTION FOR CY2013
Content:
In its Consolidated Yearend Report, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) under the leadership of Administrator Claro V. Maranan reports that it generated a total revenue of P4.0453 billion in CY 2013, an increase of P492 million compared to P3.5535 billion in CY 2012.

Based on the Financial Performance Report from the Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Lorna Grace B. Rosario dated March 20, 2014, the significant increase in revenue by the Agency was credited to the improved collection of Irrigation Service Fees (ISF) of P204 million (P1.4456 billion in CY 2012 to P1.6478 billion in CY 2013); decrease in 10% discount on ISF of P2 million and increase in loss on sale of palay P.122 million; increase of P197 million in Subsidy income from the National Government, specifically in 5% Management Fee (P984.36 million CY 2012 and P1.187 billion in CY 2013 less decrees of P5.5 million in Management Fee.

Other factors were the increase of P12 million for CIP/CIS/Pump Amortization and Equity; increase of P75 million in Water Fees and Energy Delivery Fees; increase of P12 million in Rent Income and Penalties; increase of P7 million in Miscellaneous and other fines and penalties and decrease in interest income of P15 million.

The increase was also due to the Agency's on-going effort to attain financial viability through the dedication and perseverance of regional directors, project and irrigation managers and all NIA officials and employees who worked hard towards attaining targets, collection and remittance of irrigation fees.

The expected dividend to be remitted to the Bureau of Treasury is P17,010,429.66. The final amount of dividend is computed based on the Audited Income Statement as prescribed under the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 7656, An Act Requiring Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) to Declare Dividends to the National Government. The last time the NIA was able to remit dividends was in 2009.

Administrator Maranan thanked all those who have worked hard to make this possible and called on all NIAns to keep up the good work to ensure a better future for the Agency.
Date Published:2014-03-25
Reference No.:79
News Title:TOP 10 IRRIGATORS' ASSOCIATIONS HONORED
Content:
Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, and National Irrigation Administration (NIA) head Claro V. Maranan bestowed awards to the top 10 Irrigators' Associations (IAs) during the 2013 Agri Pinoy Rice Achievers Awarding Ceremony on Friday March 14, 2014 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.

The IAs were honored for their contribution to the rice sector for attaining a 97% self-sufficiency level last year despite the many calamities that hit the country.

The NIA aims to improve participation of IAs in project implementation and in operation and maintenance of irrigation systems and to show total commitment to the IAs for an administration of good governance and transparency.

The Top 10 IAs that were given awards are 1. LIgaya IA (Salvador, Santiago, Isabela); 2. LOW TIP TAM IA (Lower Tiparak, Tambulig, Zamboanga Del Sur); 3. MAKABASAKPA IA (Curvada, Kapatagan, Lanao Del Norte); 4. Dujali Poblacion FIA (Dujali, Braulio, Davao Del Norte); 5. WEBAMSI (Maygatasan, Bayugan, Agusan Del Sur); 6. SAFIMCO (San Antonio, Buhi, Camarines Sur); 7. Labrador-Timualag-Katurog IA (Labrador, Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay); 8. San Juan Impasug-ong La Fortuna (SILFA) IA (La Fortuna, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon); 9. Lower Marber IA (New Clarin, Bansalan, Davao Del Sur) and 10. Samahan ng Roque ISA (Madrid, Surigao del Sur).

Other awards that were given on that day were Outstanding Provinces, Outstanding Municipalities and Cities; Outstanding Small Water Impounding Systems Associations, Outstanding Agricultural Extension Workers (CAR-RFO IVB) and Outstanding Extension Workers.

DA & NIA officials with LIGAYA IA - MARIIS

DA & NIA officials with SAFIMCO IA - Region 5

DA & NIA officials with LABRADOR-TIMUALAG-KATUROG IA - Region 9

DA & NIA officials with LOW TIP TAM IA - Region 9

DA & NIA officials with SILFIA - Region 10

DA & NIA officials with MAKABASAKPA IA - Region 10

DA & NIA officials with DUJALI POBLACION IA - Region 11

DA & NIA officials with LOWER MARBER IA - Region 11

DA & NIA officials with WEBAMSI IA - Region 13

DA & NIA officials with SAMAHAN SAN ROQUE IA - Region 13

Date Published:2014-03-19
Reference No.:78
News Title:NIA IRRIGATION FACILITIES ATTAIN HIGH PERCENTAGE RECOVERY
Content:
National Irrigation Administration (NIA) head Claro V. Maranan reports that the damaged irrigation facilities inflicted by Typhoon Yolanda in Region 8 are now at 98% operational. This was during the flag-raising ceremony at NIA-Central Office on Monday, March 17, 2014.

This was based on the two-day site visitation of The Department of Agriculture Secretary, Proceso J. Alcala together with the NIA Administrator Maranan in Tacloban.

On the first visit of NIA Administrator on December 17 & 18, 40 days after Typhoon Yolanda, it was reported that the Regional Offices have already responded to the damages in irrigation facilities were at 50% operational.

Since then, the operations on the irrigation facilities reached 70% in January 2014 and as of March 11, 2014, it was at 98%. Simultaneously, Dir. Romy Quiza also reported that the rice harvest is now on-going until April of this year. In a related development, Dir. Gerardo Corsiga added that the damaged irrigation facilities in Region 6 are now 100% operational.

While the 2014 budget approval is still on process, Administrator Maranan was able to request realignment of around P140,000,000.00 for the Yolanda affected areas.
Date Published:2014-03-19
Reference No.:77
News Title:DA-NIA MINI-HYDROPOWER PLANT PROJECT GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY HELD
Content:
Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso J. Alcala together with National Irrigation Administration (NIA) head Engr. Claro V. Maranan and Department of Energy (DOE) Usec. Ramon Allan Oca graced the ground-breaking rites of the Isabela Mini-Hydro power project, the Monggo sowing activity and The Harvest Festival in San Mateo, Isabela last March 4, 2014.

Administrator Claro V. Maranan joins DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, MARIIS Operations Manager Mariano G. Dancel and DOE Usec Ramon Allan Oca in the groundbreaking of the mini hydro power plant in Isabela. With them are LGU and JICA officials.

During the program proper, DA Secretary Alcala gave his message as guests of honor and NIA Administrator Maranan together with CIAM President Nemesio S. Yadao also delivered their inspirational messages.

Other officials who attended the activities were, NIA Regional Manager Antonio Lara, San Mateo, Isabela Mayor Crispina R. Agcaoili M.D., Ramon, Isabela Mayor Wilfredo Tabag and Magat River Integrated Irrigation System Operational Manager Engr. Mariano G. Dancel well as representatives from Japan National Cooperating Agency (JICA).

The Isabela Mini-Hydro Project will generate power through the run of the river and has a peak water usage of 3.0 cubic meters per second with an effective head of 3.0 M. It has a maximum output of 45 KW of power with an annual power generation of 236,000 Kwh.

On its completion in November 2014, an estimated 500 households from Barangay San Marcos and nearby Barangays will be able to have access of affordable electricity from the facility. This will be the first in terms of usage of irrigation canals in the country and will serve as a pilot for future DA-NIA mini-hydro water projects.

"Apart from Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS), the NIA has initially identified 147 other sides nationwide as possible locations for mini-hydro projects which can generate an estimated of not less than 28 megawatts of electricity altogether" Maranan said.

Celebrating a bountiful harvest.


Mongo Sowing Activity.

Date Published:2014-03-11
Reference No.:76
News Title:NIA ADMINISTRATOR MEETS WITH IRRIGATORS ASSOCIATIONS
Content:
National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Claro Maranan gave a keynote address during a general assembly meeting that was scheduled on February 10 to 13, 2014 at the Avenue Plaza Hotel in Naga City.

The three-day activity was conducted by the National Confederation of Irrigators Association (NCIA) in cooperation with the NIA with theme "IA and NIA: Partners in Irrigation Development and Management towards Food Staples Self-Sufficiency".

The said assembly is also in line with one of the administrator's Seven Point Program which is to build stronger commitment to farmers and other stakeholders whereas the agency visualizes a strong commitment to farmers for a lasting operation, understanding in irrigation development.

Apart from stronger commitment to farmers, it also aims to improve the participation of Irrigators Association (IAs) in project implementation and in the operation and maintenance of irrigation systems and to show total commitment to the IAs for an administration of good governance and transparency.

Aside from delivering his keynote address, Maranan also answered questions from guest and participants together with Governance Commission for Government Owned or Controlled Corporations (GCG) Commissioner Rainier Butalid.

The scheduled activities of the NCIA, were: 1. Report from the President; 2. Presentation and Ratification of Proposed Amendments to the NCIA Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws; 3. NCIA plans and Programs; 4. Election of NCIA Officers and Updates on Support Services and Assistance Programs by the Agency.

The NCIA was founded in 1997 and as of December 2013, its nationwide affiliations are composed of 17 Regional IA Federations, 8700 Irrigators Associations, 91 Provincial IA Federations and 995, 511 Farmers Irrigators.

Its main objective is to represent the interest of irrigation farmers in policy-making bodies and vigorously work with them to gain support in achieving sustainable irrigation development and management leading to agricultural production for food staples self-sufficiency. Its mission is to become the leading, self-reliant national farmers' organization committed to uplift the quality life Filipino Farmers and their families.
Date Published:2014-02-25
Reference No.:75
News Title:NIA TO VALIDATE CARAGA REGION PROJECTS
Content:
National Irrigation Administration head Claro V. Maranan directed Engr. Julius S. Maquiling, the designated Assistant Administrator for Mindanao, to look into the allegations raised by Agusan del Norte 1st District Representative Lawrence "Law" Fortun in his recent privilege speech on February 2014.

The Assistant Administrator will conduct validation on the status of the agency's projects in the Caraga Region. The said engagement is part of the NIA's effort to ensure that projects are properly being implemented and this is in line with the Administrator's Seven Point Program, The Rapid and Efficient Delivery of Irrigation Projects.

Based on his privilege speech, Rep. Fortun spoke of the anomalous inconsistencies of the NIA's accomplishment report and its accomplishment. He also showed pictures of the alleged incomplete irrigation projects to the members of the Lower House that were the same pictures reported by NIA Caraga to be complete or near completion.

The National Irrigation Administration will do the validation of the subject issues and will make the report ready out the earliest possible time.
Date Published:2014-02-21
Reference No.:74
News Title:NIA-REGION 12 DENIES CLAIM OF GENSAN FLOODS
Content:
Acting Regional Manager Ali S. Satol belies claims that the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) irrigation canal of the Siluay-Buayan River Irrigation Systems located at General Santos City was to be blamed for the recent flooding that hit Baluan, Lagao, San Isidro, Bula, and Mabuhay in that city.

The increased dependence on irrigation canal has not been without its negative environmental effect. It proved right when the water, during heavy downpour, from the mountains surrounding Gensan directly goes to the rivers feeding Siluay River Irrigation System and Buayan River Irrigation System dams which then pass through irrigation canals overflowed because these canals are designed for irrigation.

There are no drainage canals in the city so all the water coming from the mountains traverse irrigation canals, and these are not big enough to accommodate all the water crossing. Acting RM Satol added that NIA irrigation canals did not cause the flooding per se. It is then highly recommended that if there is a drainage master plan of the local government then it should be implemented soon.

Every time the rain falls, the protocol was that the gatekeeper opens the sluice gate to allow the water going to the canals and to avoid damage to irrigation structures.

Likewise, during high tide, water from Sarangani Bay enters the vicinity and with this NIA suggests constructing pumping stations to control flooding.

Lastly, Acting RM Satol recommended that NIA and local government officials walk-thru the area during heavy rains to see the actual situation and craft possible solutions to prevent flooding in the future.
Date Published:2014-01-30
Reference No.:73
News Title:YOLANDA VICTIMS GET FINANCIAL DONATION
Content:
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) received a financial donation of P93,800.00 from Sanyu Consultants Incorporated (SCI ) last January 20, 2014 for typhoon victims, specifically the NIA employees and their families who were affected by the devastation of typhoon "Yolanda" in Region VIII.


Financial donation from Sanyu Consultants Incorporated President Norihiko Kuno (left) turns over a financial donation of P93,800.00 to National Irrigation Administration chief Claro V. Maranan (right) and NIA Employees Association of the Philippines (NIAEASP) Central Office Chapter President Ms. Louella Mercado (second from right) that will be used to help typhoon victims, specifically the NIA employees and their families who were affected by the devastation of typhoon "Yolanda" in Region VIII. Also in the photo is Sanyu Consultants Incorporated Resident Representative Ms. Anicia Papa (center).

After witnessing the media coverage of the damages caused by the typhoon, SCI offices in Japan and other international offices including their Manila Office collected the said amount to help victims recover from the devastation caused by Yolanda.

NIA Administrator Claro V. Maranan accepted the donation on behalf of the agency from SCI President Norihiko Kuno, International Department Executive Officer Tomoyuki Nakasone, Planning and Promotion Division Manager Fusataka Arakawa and Resident Representative Anicia Papa.

The donation was directly turned over to NIA Employees Association of the Philippines (NIAEASP) Central Office Chapter President Ms. Louella Mercado who issued an official receipt to the SCI.

The SCI also hope and pray that the country will come out stronger in the midst of the calamity. They have been in Samar and Leyte during the company's involvement in the JICA/JBIC assisted projects since the 1980s and have many friends in these areas and feel for their losses.

Administrator Maranan on behalf of NIA employees thanked the Sanyu Consultants Inc. for their kind donation that will help in the on-going efforts to aid NIA employees and their families recover from the Typhoon Yolanda.

Recently, the administrator mobilized the agency's management and employees to donate food, clothing, blankets and other materials to aid those who were affected by the typhoon and also utilized the agency's heavy equipments to repair irrigation systems affected by the typhoon.
Date Published:2014-01-23
Reference No.:72
News Title:INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE TO ALL PHILIPPINE-REGISTERED CITIZEN GROUPS
Content:
Attention:
ALL PHILIPPINE-REGISTERED CITIZEN GROUPS

What:
To institutionalize participatory budgeting in the bureaucracy and progressively broaden the constructive partnership with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders consistent with the Principles of Engagement as agreed upon and signed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and some CSOs on September 3, 2010; and

To provide guidelines on citizen participation as a component of the National Government’s budget process, particularly in the preparation and submission of agency budget proposals.

The Department of Budget and Management invites citizen groups to participate in the preparation of the FY 2015 Agency Budget Proposals of selected NGAs/GOCCs, including the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

Who:
Philippine-registered civil society organizations, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, cooperatives, professional associations, trade unions, faith-based organizations, media groups, indigenous peoples movements, foundations, and other citizen groups formed primarily for social and economic development, to monitor government programs and projects, engage in policy discussions, and actively participate in collaborative activities with the Government.

How:
Citizen groups interested in participating in the consultation process may contact the central office of the National Irrigation Administration for the details by calling at Telephone No. (02)9262076 or by writing, sending an email.

CSOs must meet the eligibility requirement of having monitored, assessed and evaluated particular on-going projects, activities and and/or programs of a National Government Agency (NGA) or Government-Owned-and-Controlled-Corporation, to be supported by duly substantiated findings, assessments or evaluation.

Together with a copy of at least one (1) report/assessment/evaluation relative to the above eligibility requirement, the interested citizen groups shall submit the following supporting documents:

  1. Proof of existence

    1. Copy of Articles of Incorporation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or other similar documents registered with the Cooperative Development Authority, Department ofLabor and Employment or Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board or proof of existing partnership with an NGA/GOCC, whichever is applicable;
    2. For affiliate organizations, copy of duly executed Affiliation Agreement between the Partner CSO and Affiliate CSOs, and copies of the covering Board Resolutions from both Partner and Affiliate CSOs

  2. Board Resolution adopting and officially submitting to NIA, the following original or duly certified true copies of the following:

    1. Letter of Intent for the partnership;
    2. Extent of participation desired (e.g. specific activity to be undertaken, program/project, or specific geographical location);
    3. Designation of the CSO signatory to the Budget Preparation Agreement (BPA);
    4. A Statement of No Conflict of Interest, indicating that the CSO and NIA are not related by business or contractual relations, and that the CSO’s officers are not related to the NIA officers, by consanguinity or affinity (up to the third level), or by business or contractual relations; and a Declaration of Potential Conflict of Interest, as may be necessary.
All interested citizen groups may submit the above documents to NIA through mail/hand-carry to:

Deputy Administrator Modesto G. Membreve
Chairman, Steering Committee for the Conduct of Partnership with CSO and other Stakeholders in the Preparation of NIA’s 2015 Budget Proposal
National Irrigation Administration
EDSA, Diliman, Quezon City

Attention: Technical Working Group

Or send to the email address nia.programming@yahoo.com

When:
Submission of requirements on or before January 28, 2014.

Period of Consultation:
Initial meetings with the selected CSOs will be scheduled on February 5, 2014. Consultations which will involved the NIA Regions are to be held within the month of February 2014 before the submission of the budget proposal to DBM.

We look forward to the constructive participation of CSOs to ensure transparency and accountability in the use of public funds.

Approved:

SIGNED

CLARO V. MARANAN
Administrator
National Irrigation Administration

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Date Published:2014-01-20
Reference No.:71
News Title:Partial turnover of new irrigation project by NIA held
Content:
National Irrigation Administration chief Claro V. Maranan officiated the partial turnover and blessing of the Ceboza Communal Irrigation Project to the Badagoy Irrigators Association, Inc. last December 29, 2013 at Magsaysay, Davao del Sur in Region XI.

The event was also attended by Regional Irrigation Manager Julius S. Maquiling of Region XI, Municipal Mayor of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur Hon. Engr. Arthur Davin, Badagoy Irrigators Association, Inc. President and Brgy. Kagawad Exiquel Elentorio, Irrigation Management Officer Manny Rañeses and farmers who are members of the Irrigators Association.

The new irrigation facilities that were constructed at the cost of P30,240,000 consisting of dams, canals and canal structures will supply water to a new area of 270 hectares and will supplement the existing 2,100 hectares of farmland and will benefit more or less 1,200 farmers. The Badagoy Irrigators Association, Inc. was a 2012 Agri Pinoy Awardee for irrigation systems management according to RIM Julius S. Maquiling.

On his speech, the administrator said that he was pleased with the association for actively working with barangay officials and the NIA and it was due to this close coordination that contributed to the success of the agency's project in the area.

"We were not able to complete our projects without the help of the farmers, the barangay, and the local government," Maranan said.

He added that NIA is studying the implementation of aquaculture projects as a source of livelihood for farmers and said that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will assist them on this matter. Other potential livelihood project that the agency is studying is power generation through the use of hydro-power because there are 160 potential sites in the country where this could be utilized.

Apart from the said event, Maranan also formed and headed "Task Force Pablo" a team that proceeded to Region XI in Davao City last December 27 to 30, 2013 to look into the progress of the projects implemented related to Typhoon Pablo.
Date Published:2014-01-07
Reference No.:70
News Title:7-Point Program for NIA set
Content:
National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Claro V. Maranan has conceptualized and formulated the guidelines and principles of his Seven Point Program that he earlier introduced upon assuming his post as administrator to outline the agency's immediate course of action on various aspects of organizational and operational performance.

The objectives of the said program are the following: 1. Provide creative and speedy solutions to the urgent problems confronting NIA; 2. Rally the support of employees and officers in carrying out the Change plan and 3. Document the program for future reference as a learning organization committed to continuing improvement.

The program is consistent with President Aquino's vision of the Philippines which depicts a country with transformational leaders, a government dedicated to honing and mobilizing people's skills and energies as well as the responsible harnessing of natural resources, and the value for excellence and integrity.

First is RAPID AND EFFICIENT DELIVERY OF IRRIGATION PROJECTS to fast-track project implementation through: 1. Skills Enhancement or additional training and seminars for members of the engineering staff, Bidding and Awards Committee and Technical Working Groups; 2. Decentralization to increase the Regional field offices' authority, easing the Central Office of other activities to speed up project preparations; 3. Taking a proactive stance in the procurement activities in the last quarter of the current year allowing projects to start in the first quarter of next year; 4. Establishing Pipe-line Projects as basis of Project Identification and Prioritization to minimize problems; 5. Adoption/Execution of Irrigation Process wherein beneficiaries/users are involved in the various project cycles; 6. Establishing a Project Monitoring and Evaluation System or implementing calibrated action on projects with negative slippages and blacklisting of undesirable contractors; 7. Review of MOA with LGUs existing policy shall be conducted to include criteria on technical capacity of LGUs and 8. Geo-Tagging or using computers and digital technology to identify project locations.

Second is ACCURATE REPORTING AND MONITORING SYSTEMfor consistency, reliability & accuracy of data and to obtain efficient data management through: 1. Establishing Baseline Data by existing Management Information Department (MID) to rectify and update programs currently implemented by the agency; 2. Adopt Standard Monitoring Format for simple consolidation and to avoid confusion if report is not updated; 3. Create Monitoring Team for the monitoring and evaluation from data gathering, collation, analysis, monitoring and evaluation; 4. Strengthen On-line Data Management to facilitate faster and more precise encoding, processing and access of data; 5. Parcellary Mapping of Irrigation Service Areas to define actual service areas and regular update of master list of farmers in coordination with Irrigators Associations.

Third is ORGANIZATIONAL REFORMS AND PROCESS INNOVATIONS to achieve a lean but strong, sustainable and financially-efficient organization through: 1. Conduct Strategic Planning to create new mission and vision for the agency and encourage employee commitment; 2. Implement the Strategic Performance Monitoring System (SPMS) to optimize productivity of personnel; 3. Enhance Human Resource Development through include training needs assessment, Career Path Plan, succession planning/mentoring and Office Utilization Plan and 4. Intensify Public Relations to restore the corporate standing of the Agency.

Fourth is CORPORATE FINANCIAL STABILITY. Because the NIA is a Government-own and Controlled Corporation, it seeks to generate income through: 1. Improve targeting, collection and remittance of Irrigation Service Fee (ISF); 2. Generate additional income from sales of non-performing assets, rental of facilities and equipment; 3. Implement and program mini-hydro power plants and domestic water system to include review of existing contracts on power generation; 4. Amend existing contracts on power generation with consideration on the value of infrastructures and facilities used; 5. Enforce austerity measures (AO 103, MC 9, 2005); and 6. Centralization of funds under a Common Basket Policy.

Fifth is EMPOWERMENT AND CONTINUOUS LEARNING FOR EMPLOYEES where the administrator consulted with the employees Union and agreed to fully implement the provision of the approved Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) and has tasked the Union to tasked to draft programs to further empower employees and for the Union to serve as watchdog of the Agency. Other forms of empowerment are providing NIANS with all benefits due to them and partnering them in livelihood programs with farmers.

Sixth is COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION to reduce impact of climate change on irrigation facilities/structures, water availability and the irrigation environment due to erosion, run-off, and flooding, it intends to pursue the following programs: 1. Climate proofing of irrigation structures through adoption of alternate and improved design; 2. Adoption/observance of Sustainable Agriculture & Water Saving Technologies; 3. Pioneer sustainable Tree Planting Program maintenance on water- shed; 4. Enforce energy conservation and 5. Formulate Program for Dam Assessment and Maintenance.

Seventh is BUILD STRONGER COMMITMENT TO FARMERS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS where the Agency visualizes a strong commitment to farmers for a lasting cooperation, understanding and partnership in irrigation development as well as improve the participation of Irrigators Association in project implementation and in the operation & maintenance of irrigation systems and to show total commitment to the IA for an administration of good governance and transparency, the following will be implemented: 1. Adopt and internalize the Department's Irrigation-Based Development Approach, a bottom-up approach in rice industry development; 2. Encourage Farmers Participation in Project Monitoring; 3. Continue to support Institutional Development Program of Farmer-Irrigators and 4. Provide livelihood projects to the farmers (Aquaculture, Tourism). The Institutional Development Program (IDP) shall continue to be active in creating a functional and dynamic Irrigators Association.

"The old, ineffective structures will be transformed into innovative systems and processes responsive to the demands of the NIA and stakeholders. Taking full responsibility for results, the next ten years of NIA will be its greatest decade ever," Administrator Maranan said.
Date Published:2013-12-09
Reference No.:69
News Title:NIA utilizes equipment for typhoon-affected irrigation sites
Content:
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) will utilize its machineries and equipment to help repair irrigation systems that were affected by the recent onslaught of Typhoon "Yolanda" that occurred last November 2013. The use of the said equipment is part of NIA's on-going efforts to restore irrigation services to avert further damage to crops.

NIA Administrator Claro V. Maranan reported that he had made an inventory of the agency's equipment and found that the agency has 95 heavy equipment and 88 light equipment that can be used for repairs and were sent to the affected areas (Region 4-A, 4-B, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 13).

As of November 22, 2013, the agency's latest summary report indicates cost of damages to facilities in the affected regions was estimated at P545,693,782 while crop damages was estimated at P463,624,981.

Apart from the use of its equipment, the Administrator further reports that NIA plans to allocate P140,000,000 from its 2014 budget for the Irrigation sites, specially those who are always hit by typhoons.

Further, employees of the agency were also mobilized to raise relief goods by donating goods such as food, clothing, blankets and other materials last November 11, 2013. NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff (PAIS) head Ms. Pilipina P. Bermudez reported that the donated goods for NIA-Region VII have been loaded to state trucks coming from MARIIS, CAR and Region III and delivered to Tacloban last Saturday. The trucks left at 3:00 am Sunday and arrived at Naga City at 2:00 pm, their first stop over.

The trucks later travelled to Albay to rendezvous with the stake truck coming from Project Manager Estelita S. Sumile of HCAAP-Northern Samar. That will carry construction materials that were bought in the area. The use of the relief trucks were ferried free via Bulan going to Tacloban where it would be met NIA regional employees.

Initially, donations remitted to the Central Office were released to NIA Region VI amounting to P200,000 while P300,000 was released to NIA Region V to take charge in the purchase of construction materials and other utilities that people need in Region VIII. She further states that Administrator Maranan advised that it will be a continuing endeavor until they are able to recover from damage caused by Yolanda.

Apart from the progress made in the relied effort, the Administrator added that NIA is currently finalizing proposal to be submitted to the World Bank Mission funding the Participatory Irrigation development Project (PIDP) to realign the amount of $10,000,000 to address the facilities that were damaged by the typhoon. He further stated that World Bank has rated the agency Satisfactory for showing great improvement in the implementation of PIDP projects.


Date Published:2013-11-26
Reference No.:68
News Title:NIA LAUNCHES JICA-FUNDED NISRIP
Content:
Administrator Claro V. Maranan, who viewed the activity as a very 'significant event for the agency,' led the National Irrigation Administration in launching the agency's newest foreign funded project, the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP), together with representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Association (JICA) and Philippine Rice Research Institute (JICA). NIA officials from the central and field offices, employees, and other guests watched as the JICA-funded initiative was placed into the limelight at the IEC Auditorium within the NIA Compound on November 19, 2013.

After Deputy Administrator Modesto G. Membreve welcomed the audience in this significant event in NIA, Acting Project Manager, Engr. John Celeste, proudly introduced the project as a complete 5-year intervention to increase the productivity of around 22,563 farmer-beneficiaries from nine different regions nationwide, covering a total service area of 35,670 hecatares, through rehabilitation and restoration of systems, provision of consultancy and institutional development activities as well as giving operation and maintenance equipment, and other agricultural support services.

Senior Deputy Administrator Felix M. Razo, in his message as a strong advocate of NIA-IA partnership, mentioned that the NISRIP is a recognition of the importance of Irrigators Associations in NIA's project implementation. He also believes that NISRIP is one of NIA's means to realize not just the agency's vision of becoming a dynamic and viable government corporation but also to improve the socio-economic status of farmers.

Also gracing the event were the representatives of NIA's partners in the implementation of the project - JICA and PHILRICE. Sachiko Takeda, the Senior Representative of JICA, reminded for a close coordination among the involved agencies to ensure the synergy of project components towards inclusive growth and optimal results. Dr. Aurora Corrales of PHILRICE on the other hand challenged NIA to ensure that NISRIP is not just a project with a perfect plan but should also be implemented as it was perfectly designed.

Before the NISRIP marker was unveiled, Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Lorna Grace B. Rosario closed the program saying that "NISRIP is another force for the realization of NIA's objectives, mission, and vision with the cooperation of the strengthened Irrigators Association. "


Date Published:2013-11-20
Reference No.:67
News Title:NIA Holds Seminar on Joint Ventures
Content:
The National Irrigation Administration held one day seminar-course on the "New Guidelines and Procedures for Entering into Joint Ventures (JVs) between Government and Private Entities" last November 15, 2013 at Classroom B, IEC Building at the NIA Compound in Quezon City.

Organized by the Office of Administrator headed by Claro V. Maranan, the seminar was held in view of Board Resolution No. 7832-13 Series of 2013 also known as "Creation of a Permanent Technical Work Group (TWG) for the Proposed Joint Venture Agreement for Hydropower Projects" to implement hydropowered projects through a contractual Joint Venue and the need to starts its competitive selection process.

The seminar that was attended by regional directors, Bidding and Awards Committee (BAC) A Chairmen and members of the Technical Working Group for hydropower also provides a better understanding and a clear interpretation of the law governing NIA Hydropower Development Projects. The facilitator for the seminar was Certified PPP Specialist, Certified Regulations Specialist, PPP Law and Local Government Law Professor, Forensic Solutions President and former government official Atty. Alberto Agra.

In his opening remarks, the administrator encouraged the participants to ask questions and give their inputs to make the discussion more informative. "We should be transparent and we should be focused on this program because in the future, this will be a major source of income of the National Irrigation Administration," Maranan said.

Topics that were discussed were the following: 1. Overview of the PPPs; 2. JV Vehicles and Operations; 3 JV Agreements; 4. Nature of 2013 NEDA JV Guidelines; 5. JV Parties and Eligibility; 6. Roles of Administrative Agencies; 7. JV Definition and Concepts; 8. JV Projects and Activities and 9. PSP Selection Procedures.

At the end of the seminar, Atty. Agra answered questions from participants related to joint ventures as well and thanks them for providing their own input during the said seminar, making it a fruitful activity.


The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) held a one day seminar-course on the "New Guidelines and Procedures for Entering into Joint Ventures (JVs) between Government and Private Entities" last November 15, 2013 at Classroom B, IEC Building at the NIA Compound in Quezon City. Photo shows NIA administrator Claro Maranan (at the podium) giving his opening address to the participants of the seminar facilitated by Certified PPP Specialist Atty. Alberto Agra (seated, left).


The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) held a one day seminar-course on the "New Guidelines and Procedures for Entering into Joint Ventures (JVs) between Government and Private Entities" last November 15, 2013 at Classroom B, IEC Building at the NIA Compound in Quezon City. Photo shows NIA administrator Claro Maranan (seated, left) together with participants while listening to a presentation by Certified PPP Specialist Atty. Alberto Agra (standing, center) during the said seminar.


Seminar on joint ventures - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) held a one day seminar-course on the "New Guidelines and Procedures for Entering into Joint Ventures (JVs) between Government and Private Entities" last November 15, 2013 at Classroom B, IEC Building at the NIA Compound in Quezon City. Photo shows Certified PPP Specialist Atty. Alberto Agra (seated, center) together with participants of the said seminar.
Date Published:2013-11-19
Reference No.:66
News Title:NIA Mobilizes Aid for Typhoon Victims
Content:
In the wake of the damage caused by "Typhoon Yolanda", National Irrigation Administration chief Claro V. Maranan has mobilized the agency’s management and employees to donate relief goods such as food, clothing, blankets and other materials to the victims of the typhoon during the flag-raising ceremony last Monday on November 11, 2013.

"I saw the condition that the people were in and they really need all the help that they can get," Maranan said.

The mobilization is part of the NIA’s efforts to help the victims of the recent storms, many of whom were left without food, clothing and shelter, and are now in need of aid. The Administrator with the help of The Management, Employees’ Association and Irrigators’ Association has tapped the Public Affairs and Information Staff (PAIS) to receive items for donation and tasked to handle the packing and transfer of the donated goods that will be done at the NIA Multi-purpose Gymnasium. The items will be given to the victims of the typhoon.

Apart from organizing a donation drive, the administrator has also submitted initial report of the typhoon damages to the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Office of the President regarding the irrigation sites affected. As of November 12, a total of 12,093 hectares were affected in Regions 4-A, 4-B, 5, 6, 7, 10 and 13.

Crop damaged in the said regions amounted to P88,563,200 while cost of repairs to be done to irrigation facilities came to P300,029,214. Damaged facilities were 31 canal structures, 39 small dams and the number of farmers affected by the recent calamity totaled to 9,390.

The Administrator also pledge to help the farmers whom he considers partners of the NIA to rebuild areas that were devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. "Bukod sa mga calamity fund na ibibigay ng NIA at ng ating pamahalaan, mag-aallocate tayo ng P150M out of our budget from 2014 para matulungan po natin ang mga affected areas", Maranan added.

Date Published:2013-11-15
Reference No.:65
News Title:New Cooperative Building Inaugurated
Content:

National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Claro Maranan (sixth from right) together with NIA-Region IV Employees Multipurpose Cooperative (NEMCO) Chairperson Gloriosa Hernandez (sixth from left), NEMCO General Manager Graciano Jumaquio (fifth from left) and Msgr. Mario Raphael Castillo (center) lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the blessing and inauguration of the new 3-storey NIA-Region IV Employees Multipurpose Cooperative (NEMCO) Building held last November 9, 2013 at Pila Laguna. Also in the photo is NIA Region IV-A Director Romeo Lopez (right)


National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Claro Maranan (third from right), NEMCO General Manager Graciano Jumaquio (second from right) and NIA-Region IV Employees Multipurpose Cooperative (NEMCO) Chairperson Gloriosa Hernandez (fourth from right) witness the blessing of new heavy farm equipment by Msgr. Mario Raphael Castillo (left) during the blessing and inauguration of the new 3-storey NIA-Region IV Employees Multipurpose Cooperative (NEMCO) Building held last November 9, 2013 at Pila Laguna.


National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Claro Maranan together with NIA-Region IV Employees Multipurpose Cooperative (NEMCO) Chairperson Gloriosa Hernandez led the blessing and inauguration of the new 3-storey NIA-Region IV Employees Multipurpose Cooperative (NEMCO) Building held last November 9, 2013 at Pila Laguna. Photo shows the new 3-storey NEMCO building and farm machinery and equipment.
Date Published:2013-11-15
Reference No.:64
News Title:NIA sports tournament launched
Content:

National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Claro V. Maranan together with Senior Deputy Administrator Felix M. Razo and NIAns led the opening of the 2013 NIA-C.O. In-House Tournament held last November 5, 2013 at the NIA Multi-purpose Gymnasium in Diliman, Quezon City.

The sports tournament was organized by the NIA Athletic Committee headed by Ms. Louella Mercado (Chairman), Juanito Gumpal (Vice-Chairman) and Othelo Razon (Member and Overall Tournament Director) to promote sportsmanship and camaraderie among NIAns as well as to encourage employees to be more active in sports that would benefit their health.

Teams taking part in the tournament are the following offices: Finance, Administrative, Administrator’s Office, Operations, Engineering, Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-Irrigation Component (CARP-IC) and Special Project Group (SPG).

The teams will be competing in badminton, basketball and volleyball. The games will start with an elimination round followed by a semi-final round and will conclude with a championship round that will decide the winning team in each game.

During his inspirational talk the NIA administrator reminded employees that taking part in sports activities is one way of maintaining one’s physical health and to observe fair play during the games. "Let’s keep physically fit and be strong for this for our own benefit," Maranan said.

He then capped off the opening ceremony with a ceremonial toss to signal the start of the tournament. The month-long tournament will conclude at the end of November and the awarding ceremony will be announced after the championship round.

Date Published:2013-11-07
Reference No.:63
News Title:
Content:

ANEEP courtesy call - National Irrigation Administration chief Claro V. Maranan (seated, center) met with members of the Association of NIA Equipment Engineers of the Philippines (ANEEP) with their president Engineer Isabelito Bitangcol (seated left, partly hidden) during a courtesy call at the NIA Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City. The NIA administrator briefed the group composed of 67 engineers on the latest developments concerning the NIA.
Date Published:2013-10-25
Reference No.:62
News Title:NIA Administrator discusses agency’s infra-program
Content:
National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Claro V. Maranan discussed the details of the NIA’s Infrastructure Program during the General Membership Meeting of The Philippines Constructors’ Association Inc. last September 27, 2013 at Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center in Pasig City.

The NIA administrator was invited to the said event as guest speaker where he talked about the agency’s approach to meet all its irrigation targets for the year 2013.

He laid out his Seven Point Program as NIA’s approach composed of rapid delivery of irrigation projects; rectification of irrigation data inputs’ organizational reform; corporate financial stability; empowerment of NIAns; better working conditions and environment; comprehensive climate change program for irrigation; and stronger commitment to farmers for lasting cooperation and partnership.

Based on his program the administrator was able to finish the rectification of data in two months time and requested the board to allow regions who have capability to implement, design and to bid the projects to fast track the implementation of projects.

He also plans to make NIA a viable corporation through new programs such as power generation through mini-hydro plants. The agency has identified 160 sites and has talked with investors so that in the future, NIA would be able to earn more revenue from the power generation.

In terms of people empowerment, Maranan also emphasized the need for contractors to be more committed and support each other for the faster delivery of services. In terms of Climate Change, he plans on using more durable materials that would last longer and cut down on maintenance cost.

"I think we can do better in our construction through proper implementation of the project. We should also be partners with the contractors because we need their dedication, capability and commitment so that we can deliver our services to the country," Maranan said.

He laso mentioned that there are new projects undertaken by NIA such as the Jalaur project that will be completed in 2016 and will generate there dams powered by 6.6 megawatt hydro-power plant and an 81-kilometer highline canal expected to benefit 10 villages and the Balog-Balog composed of one big dam and three small dams which will benefit 23,000 farmers and to generate 73,100 jobs.

The Administrator later answered questions from the guests and members during the open forum segment of the program. Maranan thanked PCA President Augusto Manalo and Vice President Rey Villar for inviting them to this important occasion.

Date Published:2013-10-16
Reference No.:61
News Title:DA, DOF and NIA hold dialogue with Bugkalot Tribe
Content:
The Department of Agriculture (DA) together with the Department of Finance and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) met with members of the Bugkalot Confederation last October 10, 2013 regarding their proposed shares of proceeds from the Casecnan Multi-purpose Irrigation and Power Project at the NIA Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City.

During the meeting, DA Undersecretary Antonio Fleta, NIA Administrator Claro V. Maranan, NIA Legal Department head Atty. Genever Dionio, Department of Finance Representative Raine Robinson and CalEnergy Philippines represented by Atty. Edwin Zales talked with confederation members led by their overall chieftain Mayor Rosario Camma and their counsel Atty. Marlow Licudine regarding issues to be resolved in their share of the proceeds from the said irrigation and power project based on Section 7, Paragraph B of the Indigenous People’s Right Act (IPRA).

Undersecretary Fleta said that the confederation needs to prepare a formal proposal letter on the percentage share for the Bugkalot Tribe from the project’s proceeds. This was supported by NIA Administrator Maranan and other government officials present.

The undersecretary also assured the confederation that this will be studied thoroughly by the DA, DOF, NIA and CE Casecnan to come up with the necessary solution that will result in a win-win situation for all parties involved in the issue.

"Ang importante po ay magkaroon tayo ng pagkakaintindihan. Sana po ay maging mahinahon tayo at pipilitin nating ma-resulba ito. Atin din pong iparating sa mga nakatataas sa atin at ito po ay ating gagawin sa lalong madaling panahon," Fleta said.

The NIA Administrator said that he, together with the other government agencies, will also do all that they can to solve and help the Bugkalot Confederation. "The Bugkalot Confederation has a legitimate claim that’s why they agreed to the project," Maranan added.

At the end of the meeting, the confederation agreed to prepare a formal letter and both parties agreed to continue to work on the matter so they can resolve the issue at hand.




NIA Strategic Planning Workshop. Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala (center) together with National Irrigation Administration (NIA) head Claro Maranan (second from right), NIA Senior deputy Administrator Felix Razo (standing behind Secretary Alcala) and newly-designated Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Modesto Membreve (right) listen to Project Manager Gene Ragodon as he explained his presentation during the vision-mission activity of the NIA Strategic Planning Workshop that took place from September 30 to October 3, 2013 at the Mansion Garden Hotel at the Subic Freeport Zone. NIA Directors, Irrigation Management Officers and the Department Heads from the Central Office participated the said workshop that focused on enhancing performance leadership.
Date Published:2013-10-16
Reference No.:60
News Title:BALOG-BALOG DAM GETS APPROVAL OF CABCOM-ICC
Content:
Balog-balog Dam Project was presented to the Cabinet Committee Investment Coordination Committee and subsequently approved on August 5, 2013. He added that the project is now ready to be submitted to the NEDA Board for approval. Once it is approved, procurement can now started. Incidentally, Phase 2 or the construction of high dam is the scheme to be implemented. This was disclosed by Engr. Claro V. Maranan, Administrator of the National Irrigation Administration.

Balog-balog Dam will irrigate about 34,100 ha in 4 cities and 8 municipalities in the province of Tarlac. Aside from irrigation, other components include hydropower, flood control mitigation and tourism. The high dam costing about P15.8B is envisioned to be completed in May 2016. The fund will be sourced out from local funds.
Date Published:2013-08-08
Reference No.:59
News Title:NIA CHIEF GUEST AT NET 25
Content:
"Para makita kung talagang nagtatrabaho ang head of office", is the response of Engr. Claro V. Maranan, newly installed Administrator of the National Irrigation Administration during a live interview at Net 25 when he was asked what could be the reason why the appointment of an administrator is good for one year only and subject to renewal. Administrator Maranan further said, "it could be less than one year".

Asked about the status of Balog-balog Dam, Maranan explained that the project was already presented and approved on August 5, 2013 by the Cabinet Committee Investment Coordination Committee and now ready for indorsement to NEDA Board. Once approved, procurement can be started and target for completion is May 2016. The project costing P15.8 B will serve 4 cities and 8 municipalities covering about 34,100 hectares benefitting 23,000 farmers in the province of Tarlac. The approved scheme is the construction of the high dam. Aside from irrigation, hydropower and flood control mitigation are also its components.

On the issue of 100% funds already released to NIA, but the accomplishment is only 60%, Administrator Maranan explained that there are cases wherein contractors have not billed NIA or the project is not yet completed. In either case, NIA do not disburse funds, hence, the funds are still intact with NIA coffers. "Hindi nawawala ang pondo", he said.

Other major project that is ongoing is the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project in Iloilo that will serve 2 cities and 23 municipalities covering about 31,840 ha benefitting 24,000 farmers. This project will also serve sugarcane areas. Jalaur project has also a hydropower component.

On the other hand, evaluation of the Balintingon Project in Nueva Ecija is ongoing, and once completed, feasibility study will be started. He also informed the anchormen that there are potential projects in Quezon which he ordered investigation and validation for inclusion in future years because listing of projects for 2014 was already finalized.

When asked what should be done to attain the objective in 2016, Maranan said that his program is focused on rapid delivery of irrigation projects. One of the steps to be taken to achieve this is to increase the authority of the regional office from P40M to P100M to fast track project implementation.

Maranan also explained that rice requirement is about 20 M metric tons. At the moment, ASec Dante Delima informed that we have attained 19 M MT already, so, by the end of 2013, the 20M MT rice requirement is already attained.

On the hot issue of PDAF, Achorman Congressman Dante Marcoleta asked whether NIA is also involved. Maranan said that there are also PDAF coursed through NIA but these are channeled to the LGU.

On how Administrator Maranan maintains the trust and confidence of the President, he said that as Civil Engineer "tinututukan ko ang project implementation, and I will see to that all projects will be completed on time".

In closing Administrator Maranan assured the people especially the farmers that NIA will continue to perform its mandate, "maasahan po ninyo and patuloy na paglilingkod ng NIA tungo sa progresibong Pilipinas". He also gave his cellular phone number so that anybody can call or text him for any assistance needed.
Date Published:2013-08-07
Reference No.:58
News Title:MARANAN GUEST OF HONOR IN NIA REGION 10
Content:
NIA Administrator Claro V. Maranan was the Guest of Honor during the Awarding Ceremonies of Outstanding NIA and IA Performers in Region 10. In his speech, he congratulated NIA Region 10 as a whole for an outstanding performance being judged as the Most Improved Region in CY 2012. He also enumerated his 7-point program for the NIA under his administration. These are (1) rapid delivery of irrigation projects thru review of all pending projects, and increase delegated authority at the regional level from P40 M to P100 M, among others, (2) reliable and credible statistics/data, (3) organizational reforms and strategic plan formulation, (4) corporate financial stability, (5) empowerment of NIAns, (6) comprehensive climate change program, and (7) stronger commitment to Irrigators Associations/farmers. Administrator Maranan stressed that these 7-point programs will set the directions of where NIA will be under this watch.

Engr. Felix M. Razo, Regional Manager of NIA Region 10 expressed his gratitude as well as the region's support to the administrator. He felt very proud in conveying to all those present during the ceremonies that NIA Region 10 is the first region to be visited by the new administrator.
Date Published:2013-07-15
Reference No.:57
News Title:NANGEL PASSES THE NIA FLAG TO MARANAN
Content:
NIA Quezon City - In a simple ceremony held at the IEC Convention Hall on July 9, Former NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel whose term ended on June 30 passed his post to newly appointed Chief Claro V. Maranan. The turnover activity immediately succeeded a Board Meeting wherein Maranan was formally named the Vice Chairman of the NIA Board of Directors.

Nangel, in his turnover speech, expressed his utmost ‘happiness’ because he truly felt his importance for all the NIAns. He said he is also happy because he saw the dedication of all the employees in delivering quality service to the farmers. He reiterated that this dedication caused the agency to reach corporate viability for the first time in years. Talking to Maranan, he expected the new leadership to maintain the excellent performance of the agency.

Maranan, in turn, humbly accepted the flag passed by Nangel. He said everything has an end while something starts anew. In his acceptance speech, he made it evident that he means business. He pointed out the things that, according to him, he should do in his first day as Administrator. He mentioned that during the Board Meeting, they had already discussed about fast-tracking project implementation by giving greater responsibility to the regional offices. He also emphasized on dam assessments, strategic planning for the agency, increasing NIA’s collection efficiency, prioritization of employee housing, and austerity measures. His term started on July 1 and will end on June 30, 2014.

The ceremony was attended by the NIA Board of Directors headed by DA Undersecretary Antonio Fleta representing DA Secretary Proceso Alcala, Deputy Administrators, Regional, Operations, and Project Managers, Department and Division Managers, employees of the agency, and other guests.
Date Published:2013-07-09
Reference No.:56
News Title:NIA ATTAINS CORPORATE VIABILITY
Content:
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) attains corporate financial viability in CY 2012, according to financial records submitted by the Finance Department of the agency. This is the first time the NIA attains this status.

Records show that NIA generated P3.7 B in total revenues with total expenditures of P2.4B, giving a Net Income of P1.3 B in CY 2012. Of the total income, Irrigation Service Fees represented 40% which, is the main source of income for the NIA. Incidentally, all the regional offices of the NIA attain financial viability. The region with the highest increment in Net Income is Region 9 with 95% increment. In terms of ISF increment, Region 7 posted the highest. On the other hand, Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS) posted the highest income in terms of money value, followed by Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (UPRIIS), Region 12, 10, and 7.

In a dialogue between Secretary Alcala, Bureau of Corrections Director General Gaudencio Pangilinan, NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel agreed to introduce other programs within the Iwahig Penal Colony to make the inmates productive once they get out from Iwahig Penal Colony.

The excellent performance is attributed to the able leadership of NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel, who has been a hands-on manager, seeing to it that all plans and programs are implemented. His management style of "going around" contributed much to this excellent performance. Not to mention the support of all Management officials and other key officials at the Central Office, who unselfishly gave their time and effort to realize this performance. Kudos to all Regional, Operations, and Project Managers who adopted and implemented all the instructions and strategies provided by Management Officials.

This performance should likewise give credit to all the Irrigators Associations nationwide who provided the necessary assistance, cooperation and collaboration with NIA.
Date Published:2013-02-05
Reference No.:55
News Title:IWAHIG PENAL-BALSAHAN IRRIGATION PROJECT INAUGURATED
Content:
Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala led other guests in the inauguration of the Iwahig Penal-Balsahan Irrigation Project in Puerto Princesa. Said irrigation project which is located within the property of the penal colony was constructed and completed in five (5) months. Total project cost of P40 M, it will irrigate about 414 hectares.

Unlike other NIA Projects, the Iwahig Irrigation Project was constructed with labor force provided by the inmates of the Penal Colony. They were such good and efficient construction workers that the project was completed ahead of schedule. The inmates were also very grateful for the opportunity given them to work on the project as this will give them income to meet their personal needs.

In a dialogue between Secretary Alcala, Bureau of Corrections Director General Gaudencio Pangilinan, NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel agreed to introduce other programs within the Iwahig Penal Colony to make the inmates productive once they get out from Iwahig Penal Colony.

Secretary Alcala was impressed by which the irrigation project was completed because it would mean additional area for production. He said, we are on the right track of achieving our rice self-sufficiency goal. For his part, NIA Administrator acknowledged the support and cooperation of the officials of the Iwahig Penal Colony, the LGU and vowed to continue supporting irrigation development in the province of Palawan.

According to BuCor Director Pangilinan, the harvest from the irrigated area will be enough to sustain about 3,000 employees and inmates in the colony. They practice progressive farming in that, some portions of the irrigated area is under land preparation/transplanting, normal irrigation and harvesting. The colony can be described as a self-sustaining community because it also boost of inland fishponds where they grow tilapia; vegetables garden, livestocks, fruit trees and other source of food.

Date Published:2013-01-18
Reference No.:54
News Title:TO ALL PHILIPPINE-REGISTERED CITIZEN GROUPS
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PREPARATION OF FY2014 BUDGET PROPOSAL OF NIA
Content:
Attention:
ALL PHILIPPINE-REGISTERED CITIZEN GROUPS

What:
To institutionalize participatory budgeting in the bureaucracy and progressively broaden the constructive partnership with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders consistent with the Principles of Engagement as agreed upon and signed by the DBM and some CSOs on September 3, 2010; and

To provide guidelines on citizen participation as a component of the National Government’s budget process, particularly in the preparation and submission of agency budget proposals.

The Department of Budget and Management invites citizen groups to participate in the preparation of the FY 2014 Agency Budget Proposals of all NGAs/GOCCs.

Who:
Philippine-registered civil society organizations, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, cooperatives, professional associations, trade unions, faith-based organizations, media groups, indigenous peoples movements, foundations, and other citizen groups formed primarily for social and economic development, to monitor government programs and projects, engage in policy discussions, and actively participate in collaborative activities with the Government.

How:
Citizen groups interested in participating in the consultation process may contact the central office of the National Irrigation Administration for the details by calling at Telephone No. (02)926-5896, by sending letter or email.

CSOs must meet the eligibility requirement of having monitored, assessed and evaluated particular on- going projects, activities and and/or programs of a National Government Agency (NGA) or Government-Owned-and-Controlled-Corporation, to be supported by duly substantiated findings, assessments or evaluation.

Together with a copy of at least one (1) report/assessment/evaluation relative to the above eligibility requirement, the interested citizen groups shall submit the following supporting documents:

  1. Proof of existence
    1. Copy of Articles of Incorporation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or other similar documents registered with the Cooperative Development Authority, Department of Labor and Employment or Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board or proof of existing partnership with an NGA/GOCC, whichever is applicable;
    2. For affiliate organizations, copy of duly executed Affiliation Agreement between the Partner CSO and Affiliate CSOs, and copies of the covering Board Resolutions from both Partner and Affiliate CSOs
  1. Board Resolution adopting and officially submitting to NIA, the following original or duly certified true copies of the following:
    1. Letter of Intent for the partnership;
    2. Extent of participation desired (e.g. specific activity to be undertaken, program/project, or specific geographical location);
    3. Designation of the CSO signatory to the Budget Preparation Agreement (BPA);
    4. A Statement of No Conflict of Interest, indicating that the CSO and NIA are not related by business or contractual relations, and that the CSO’s officers are not related to the NIA officers, by consanguinity or affinity (up to the third level), or by business or contractual relations; and a Declaration of Potential Conflict of Interest, as may be necessary.

All interested citizen groups may submit the above documents to NIA through mail/hand-carry to:

Deputy Administrator Robert C. Suguitan
Chairman, Steering Committee for the Conduct of Partnership with CSO and other Stakeholders in the Preparation of NIA’s 2014 Budget Proposal
      National Irrigation Administration
      EDSA, Diliman, Quezon City

      Attention: Technical Working Group

Or send to the email address nia.programming@yahoo.com

When:
Submission of requirements on or before February 27, 2013.

Period of Consultation:
Meetings with the selected CSOs are scheduled on March 8, 2013 to finalize the BPAs. Consultations are to be held from March 12-14, 2013

NIA looks forward to the constructive participation of CSOs to ensure transparency and accountability in the use of public funds.

Approved for posting by:

SIGNED
ANTONIO S. NANGEL
Acting Administrator
National Irrigation Administration
Date Published:2013-02-11
Reference No.:53
News Title:NIA ATTAINS CORPORATE VIABILITY
Content:The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) attains corporate financial viability in CY 2012, according to financial records submitted by the Finance Department of the agency. This is the first time the NIA attains this status.

Records show that NIA generated P3.7 B in total revenues with total expenditures of P2.4B, giving a Net Income of P1.3 B in CY 2012. Of the total income, Irrigation Service Fees represented 40% which, is the main source of income for the NIA. Incidentally, all the regional offices of the NIA attain financial viability. The region with the highest increment in Net Income is Region 9 with 95% increment. In terms of ISF increment, Region 7 posted the highest. On the other hand, Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS) posted the highest income in terms of money value, followed by Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (UPRIIS), Region 12, 10, and 7.

The excellent performance is attributed to the able leadership of NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel, who has been a hands-on manager, seeing to it that all plans and programs are implemented. His management style of "going around" contributed much to this excellent performance. Not to mention the support of all Management officials and other key officials at the Central Office, who unselfishly gave their time and effort to realize this performance. Kudos to all Regional, Operations, and Project Managers who adopted and implemented all the instructions and strategies provided by Management Officials.

This performance should likewise give credit to all the Irrigators Associations nationwide who provided the necessary assistance, cooperation and collaboration with NIA.
Date Published:2013-02-05
Reference No.:52
News Title:HYDROPOWER PLANT IN IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
Content:The National Irrigation Administration and PNOC Renewables Corporation signed the Memorandum of Agreement on November 7, 2012 for the establishment and operations of a hydropower plant in existing irrigation canals in selected sites within the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (UPRIIS). Four (4) sites have already been validated and it was estimated to produce at least 3,000 KW. Two sites are still subject to validation.

The MOA was signed by NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel and PNOC Renewables Corporation OIC-President and CEO Roger Victor E. Buendia. Earlier on, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by and between DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and DOE Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla. The MOU expresses support and assistance to the newly formed cooperation between NIA and PNOC RC in the establishment and operations of hydropower plants in existing NIA irrigation canals.





In a short message delivered by Secretary Alcala, he said that the MOA signing is a concrete manifestation of collaboration and maximized utilization of resources by various agencies to give joy to the people especially those in the countryside. Along this line, he instructed NIA Administrator Nangel to identify possible sites in Mindanao and to submit to him the list not later than the end of this month (November). He said that these hydropower plant projects in Mindanao are great help in that area because they have been experiencing intermittent power shortages.

On the part of NIA Administrator Nangel, he initially thank the Secretary for the support in this undertaking. He also informed that his plan do not end with hydropower plants in irrigation canals but also putting up of potable water. He said that there are about 150 sites already validated nationwide for hydropower plants and identification of sites for potable water is ongoing.

DOE Secretary Petilla said that the MOU / MOA signing is very significant in that our country have been looking for sources of electricity, and these projects once completed will provide electricity at a very low cost.

PNOC Renewables Corporation OIC President and CEO Buendia also said that this undertaking is very significant in that it could help in the rural electrification program of the government in collaboration with the NIA.

Incidentally, NIA is an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture while PNOC Renewables Corporation is a subsidiary of PNOC under the Department of Energy.
Date Published:2012-11-08
Reference No.:51
News Title:NIA INTO MINI-HYDRO POWER PLANTS
Content:NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel ventured into mini hydro power plants in NIA irrigation canals. This idea prop up to Administrator Nangel’s mind after attending a seminar in Japan on climate change. During the seminar, the participants were brought to Kanazawa prefecture where they were shown mini hydro power plants in irrigation canals. He said that NIA has many irrigation canals of the same nature, and if it can be done in Japan, it could also be done in the Philippines.

From then on, there is no turning back for Administrator Nangel. He created a Technical Working Group to spearhead the program. Inventories of irrigation canals with potential for mini hydro power plants were conducted in all NIA irrigation canals. To date, there are about 110 potential sites nationwide.

This program was brought up to JICA who in turn responded and decided to conduct a Preparatory Survey for Mini-Hydropower Development Project in the Philippines. Meetings between NIA and JICA ensued until a Minutes of Discussion was completed and agreed upon. Hence, on July 31, 2012, NIA and JICA signed the Minutes of Discussion as a signal to proceed with the preliminary survey.

The blueprint for the project is set from 2012 to the first quarter of 2015. But Administrator Nangel requested that the project should be completed by 2014. The project will be on a pilot basis and it will be done in Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (MARIIS) in Isabela. The other project is in Ifugao, which will be owned by the LGU of Ifugao.

The composite team from NIA and JICA is already in Isabela to start with the preliminary survey.

Date Published:2012-08-31
Reference No.:50
News Title:National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and Action for Economic Reforms (AER) signed Budget Partnership Agreement
Content:







Date Published:2012-04-27
Reference No.:49
News Title:MINI-HYDRO POWER PLANTS IN IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
Content:The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has identified 32 possible sites for mini-hydro power plants in NIA managed irrigation systems, 26 in Luzon, 2 in Visayas and 4 in Mindanao. These sites will have a total capacity of 15,214 KW.

The idea of putting up mini-hydro power plants in irrigation systems came up after NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel visited Japan, where he saw mini-hydro power plants installed in irrigation canals. He said that while it can be done in Japan, it can also be done in the Philippines where the same elevation of irrigation canals abounds. Upon his arrival, Administrator Nangel issued Memorandum Circular No. 55 S 2011, to all Regional/Operations Managers of NIA to identify possible sites for mini-hydro power plants in irrigation canals/systems, providing therein guidelines/criteria.

Administrator Nangel said that the project would require installation of turbine engine in irrigation canals to turn it into a mini hydro-power plant. "Our irrigation systems are mostly located in far-flung barangays and putting up this project is a great help to the prospective beneficiaries", he added.

Administrator Nangel is very optimistic that this project will take-off because 12 firms have submitted Letter of Intent (LOI), and targeted sites for development is 22. There are 2 Memorandum of Agreements already signed for the project. The mini-hydro power plant would serve both energy generation that would help ease the problem on power crisis and irrigation. The mini hydro will not affect irrigation requirements as the water will just pass thru the irrigation canal.

Cited as legal basis for this projects are RA 9513 – "Renewable Energy Act of 2008" and RA 7156 – "Mini-hydroelectric Power Incentives Act". NIA issued Memorandum Circular No. 55 S 2011 that defines the guidelines on Mini Hydro-power Plants in NIA irrigation canals/systems.
Date Published:2012-04-27
Reference No.:48
News Title:NIA REGION 12 CELEBRATES 34TH ANNIVERSARY
Content:NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel was the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the 34th Founding Anniversary of NIA Region 12. In his message, he congratulated the regional office for their exemplary performance and encouraged the NIA employees and Irrigators Association alike to continue with their seal of excellence in providing service to its clientele.

The only regional office to celebrate its founding anniversary, NIA Regional Office No. 12 celebrated its 34th founding anniversary on April 19, 2012. The five provinces comprising NIA Region 12, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Maguindanao, and Saranggani took turns in hosting each day’s activities. It is a three-day festivities culminating with awarding of the best among the best in the region – Outstanding NIA and Irrigators Associations.

Leading this year’s major awardees are: Engr. C’zar M. Sulaik from Cotabato as the Most Outstanding Irrigation Management Office Manager; Engr. Gina L. Lozano from Saranggani as Most Outstanding O&M Chief; Bulacanon IA from Cotabato as the Most Outstanding Irrigators Association – CIS category; and Napal-Conel Road IA from General Santos City as the Most Outstanding IA – NIS category.

Other outstanding awardees are Engrs. Edna C. Bantala, Flora May D. Respicio, Rory F. Avance, Orlando A. Tibang, Julio L. Antenor, Cesar D. Agduma and Mary Grace S. Gonzales.

Also recognized are Irrigators Associations that have paid their due to NIA and collected from 90 to 100% Irrigation Service Fees. There are 58 IA under the Club 100 Award, 3 IA under Silver Award and 9 IA under Golden Star Award. Special award was given to Buluan-Pigcawayan IA for attaining the highest rating in IA Functionality Survey. Incidentally, Buluan-Pigcawayan IA is a Hall of Fame Awardee for having been awarded the Most Outstanding IA for three consecutive years in a search conducted by the NIA nationwide.
Date Published:2012-04-24
Reference No.:47
News Title:PRESIDENT AQUINO APPROVES BIG IRRIGATION PROJECTS
Content:President Benigno Aquino III approves four big irrigation projects that would boost irrigation development of the country. These projects are Casecnan II in Nueva Ecija, Jalaur II in Iloilo, Umayam in Agusan del Sur and the National Irrigation Systems Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) - a nationwide project. The four irrigation projects have a combined total cost of about P23,833.90 M, of which P19,012.34 M is loan while P4,821.56 M is GOP counterpart. The project will generate new area of 36,550 ha and will rehabilitate 98,010 ha benefiting 98,615 farmers.

NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel is very happy about the development because it would mean dependable irrigated area that would contribute to the rice self-sufficiency program of the government. "The approval of these projects is very significant because we are on the right direction towards attaining our goal of generating more irrigated areas needed for our rice self-sufficiency program", Nangel said. "President Aquino is really bent on making the country rice self-sufficient as part of his program to alleviate poverty", Nangel added.
Date Published:2012-03-23
Reference No.:46
News Title:INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE TO ALL PHILIPPINE-REGISTERED CITIZEN GROUPS
Content:
Attention:
ALL PHILIPPINE-REGISTERED CITIZEN GROUPS

What:
To institutionalize participatory budgeting in the bureaucracy and progressively broaden the constructive partnership with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders consistent with the Principles of Engagement as agreed upon and signed by the DBM and some CSOs on September 3, 2010; and

To provide guidelines on citizen participation as a component of the National Government’s budget process, particularly in the preparation and submission of agency budget proposals.

The Department of Budget and Management invites citizen groups to participate in the preparation of the FY 2013 Agency Budget Proposals of selected NGAs/GOCCs, including the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

Who:
Philippine-registered civil society organizations, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, cooperatives, professional associations, trade unions, faith-based organizations, media groups, indigenous peoples movements, foundations, and other citizen groups formed primarily for social and economic development, to monitor government programs and projects, engage in policy discussions, and actively participate in collaborative activities with the Government.

How:
Citizen groups interested in participating in the consultation process may contact the central office of the National Irrigation Administration for the details by calling at Telephone No. (02)9265896 or by writing, sending an email.

CSOs must meet the eligibility requirement of having monitored, assessed and evaluated particular on-going projects, activities and and/or programs of a National Government Agency (NGA) or Government-Owned-and-Controlled-Corporation, to be supported by duly substantiated findings, assessments or evaluation.

Together with a copy of at least one (1) report/assessment/ evaluation relative to the above eligibility requirement, the interested citizen groups shall submit the following supporting documents:

  1. Proof of existence
    1. Copy of Articles of Incorporation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or other similar documents registered with the Cooperative Development Authority, Department ofLabor and Employment or Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board or proof of existing partnership with an NGA/GOCC, whichever is applicable;
    2. For affiliate organizations, copy of duly executed Affiliation Agreement between the Partner CSO and Affiliate CSOs, and copies of the covering Board Resolutions from both Partner and Affiliate CSOs
  2. Board Resolution adopting and officially submitting to NIA, the following original or duly certified true copies of the following:
    1. Letter of Intent for the partnership;
    2. Extent of participation desired (e.g. specific activity to be undertaken, program/project, or specific geographical location);
    3. Designation of the CSO signatory to the Budget Preparation Agreement (BPA);
    4. A Statement of No Conflict of Interest, indicating that the CSO and NIA are not related by business or contractual relations, and that the CSO’s officers are not related to the NIA officers, by consanguinity or affinity (up to the third level), or by business or contractual relations; and a Declaration of Potential Conflict of Interest, as may be necessary.
All interested citizen groups may submit the above documents to NIA through mail/hand-carry to:

      Senior Deputy Administrator Antonio A. Galvez
Chairman, Steering Committee for the Conduct of Partnership with CSO and other Stakeholders in the Preparation of NIA’s 2013 Budget Proposal
      National Irrigation Administration
      EDSA, Diliman, Quezon City

      Attention: Technical Working Group

Or send to the email address nia.programming@yahoo.com

When:
Submission of requirements on or before March 30, 2012.

Period of Consultation:
Meetings with the selected CSOs are scheduled on April 13 & 18, 2012 to finalize the BPAs. Consultations are to be held from April 19 to 27, 2012.

The DBM looks forward to the constructive participation of CSOs to ensure transparency and accountability in the use of public funds.

Approved for posting by:

SIGNED
ANTONIO S. NANGEL
Acting Administrator
National Irrigation Administration
Date Published:2012-03-06
Reference No.:45
News Title:P260 M FOR ANTIQUE
Content:The Department of Agriculture thru the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has earmarked P260 M for the construction, rehabilitation and restoration of sixty (60) communal irrigation systems in the Province of Antique. These projects are under the Irrigated Rice Production Enhancement Project (IRPEP) funded by the International Fund Agricultural Development (IFAD).

IRPEP is a tripartite irrigation development program of the Department of Agriculture thru NIA, Local Government Units and the Irrigators Association. As a tripartite program, each participating entity shares in the cost, DA-NIA with 70% equivalent to P182 M, LGU with 20% equivalent to P52 M and IA with 10% equivalent to P26 M.

The Project aims to restore about 2.282 ha and rehabilitate about 1,589 ha that would bring normal irrigation to 6,165 ha benefiting 7,368 farmers in the Province of Antique.
Date Published:2012-03-21
Reference No.:44
News Title:COMPLETED IRRIGATION PROJECTS TURNED OVER
Content:The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) had completed another two small irrigation projects in the Province of Antique and turned over to Irrigators Associations for operation and maintenance. The two projects are just one of the completed irrigation projects of the NIA in its fast-tracking commitment of complete the rehabilitation, restoration and construction of various irrigation projects in the country. The two projects have a combined irrigated area of about 60 hectares benefiting 70 farmers costing P3 M.

The Mablad and Bugnay Small Irrigation Projects are one of the sixty (60) projects under the Irrigated Rice Production Enhancement Project (IRPEP) in Antique with an overall total estimated project cost of P260 M . Once the rehabilitation, restoration and construction of these projects were completed, they will have a combined irrigated area of 6,165 ha benefiting 7,368 farmers.

Completion of irrigation projects is in line with the Rice Self-Sufficiency Program of the government as these contributes to more productive and harvestable area.

The turnover of the completed projects was done during the AgriPinoy Farmers’ Forum held in the Municipality of Barbaza in the Province of Antique. It was witnessed by no less than DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel, Antique Governor Exequiel Javier, Congressman Paolo Javier, Barbaza Mayor Faith Francisco and other LGU Executives, NIA officials and Irrigators’ Associations.
Date Published:2012-03-21
Reference No.:42
News Title:NIA-NEGROS OCCIDENTAL TO BUILD IRRIGATION HIGHWAY
Content:The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental (PGNO) vowed to build irrigation highway in the province.

In a meeting between NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel and Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo G. Maranon held at the Provincial Capitol on August 5, 2011, both parties agreed to speed up the program on building an irrigation highway. Governor Maranon presented to Administrator Nangel the Program of Work amounting to P166 Million. In a very rare situation, Governor Maranon offered P76 Million or almost 46% of the program while NIA will provide P90 Million. Indeed, LGU sharing in funding requirements for irrigation development is a welcome gesture and is highly commended and appreciated by Administrator Nangel.

Present during the meeting was no less than DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala who also expressed his appreciation and advised Administrator Nangel to give priority to the program.

The irrigation highway will be started in CY 2012.



Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo G. Maranon and NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel present to DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala the Program of Work for the Irrigation Highway for the province.
Date Published:2011-08-08
Reference No.:41
News Title:NIA – SNAP SIGNED MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
Content:National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and SN Aboitiz Power Corporation (SNAP) signed the Memorandum of Agreement signaling the start of the conduct of a Feasibility Study on the MARIS Reservoir Optimization Project. The study will be undertaken by SN Aboitiz Corporation with NIA providing assistance. The project aims to a) increase the operating range of MARIS Reservoir thus providing more live storage, and hence, allowing irrigation releases and power generation to be optimized, b) allow the existing MARIS Dam to be upgraded to meet international standards of safety, and c) investigate possible improvements to the irrigation outlet works at MARIS Dam. Optimization of MARIS Reservoir will allow NIA and SNAP to realize the benefits of increasing the maximum elevation of MARIS Reservoir from 104.75 masl to 108 masl.

Signing the MOA for NIA is Administrator Antonio S. Nangel and for SNAP is its President Emmanuel V. Rubio. Witnessing the signing are Atty. Genever M. Dionio – Department Manager of NIA Legal Services and Engr. Celso C. Caballero III – Assistant Vice President for Business Development of SNAP.

Date Published:2011-07-27
Reference No.:40
News Title:NIA ADMINISTRATOR IN ILOCOS SORTIES
Content:"Management by going around" is what Administrator Antonio S. Nangel of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) strategy in running an agency as huge as the NIA. Administrator Nangel believes that going down to the level where the action takes place, is more effective in knowing first-hand the real situation in the field.

His sorties started in Vigan, Ilocos Sur where he attended the Project Managers’ Conference which aimed to assess the progress of project implementation of big projects nationwide. Project Managers whose projects were evaluated to be lagging behind were advised to prepare catch-up plans in order to complete the projects as targeted. The generated areas of these projects contribute to the target areas for attaining the rice self-sufficiency program.

The project visitation of the completed Banaoang Pump Irrigation Project along with a Farmers’ Forum was next in the Administrator’s itinerary. Together with DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, Administrator Nangel briefed Secretary Alcala of the various components of the pump project as well as other important information such as the total project cost, irrigated area, farmer-beneficiaries and funding source. During the Farmers’ Forum, Secretary Alcala advised the farmers to utilize the irrigation system as efficient as possible to reap utmost benefits from it. With the irrigation system, the farmers are now assured of irrigation water supply throughout the year.

In Amburayan River Irrigation System, another Farmers’ Forum awaits the group of Administrator Nangel and DA Secretary Alcala. The President of the Farmers’ Federation thereat requested the Secretary and Administrator to assist them rehabilitate and improve their irrigation system especially the intake and tunnel. For their part, they advised the NIA officials in the region to evaluate further the program of work and submit same to Central Office.

Although already quite late in the evening, the group proceeded to the Provincial Capitol of La Union where the Local Government Officials led by Governor Manuel Ortega was waiting. A brief dialogue was conducted where the local officials presented their concern not only in irrigation but on the whole gamut of agriculture.

The next stop of the group was in Lingayen, Pangasinan where a breakfast meeting was held with Local Government Officials led by Governor Amado Espino. The meeting proved fruitful as each sector committed to support one another for the development of the agriculture and fishery sector in the province.

A Farmers’ Forum is held in Alaminos, Pangasinan attended by farmers and fisherfolks from all over the province. The DA presented the various assistance programs of the department available for the farmers and fisherfolks.

The Administrator’s sorties winded up in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan where ARIIP Project Manager Reynaldo C. Mencias gave a short briefing on the ongoing re-regulating pond project of the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (ARIIP) in San Manuel, Pangasinan. The Project when completed will irrigate about 35,000 ha in Eastern Pangasinan.

Indeed, it was a very hectic schedule for Administrator Nangel but he feels satisfied and confident that with his "Management by going around", the projects of the NIA will be properly implemented and completed as scheduled.



Administrator Antonio S. Nangel during the Project Managers’ Conference in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. Beside him (L) is Sr. Deputy Administrator Antonio A. Galvez, Engineering Dept. Manager Erdolfo B. Domingo, and (R) Deputy Administrator Democratico P. Grana, Jr. and Project Manager Santiago P. Gorospe, Jr of Banaoang PIP.



Project Visitation and Farmers’ Forum at Banaoang Pumping Station with DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala on the rostrum, Administrator Nangel is seated 3rd from left.



Breakfast meeting with Local Government Executives in Pangasinan led by Governor Amado Espino. Administrator Nangel is seated 3rd from left.



Farmers and Fisherfolks Forum in Alaminos, Pangasinan. Among the audience is Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Lorna Grace B. Rosario (in sunglasses).



DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan at the inauguration of Rice Mill, a grant from KOICA (Korea).



ARIIP Project Manager Reynaldo C. Mencias in his presentation of Progress of Project Construction of Re-regulating pond for ARIIP.



A souvenir photo after the ARIIP briefing, from (R), NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel, DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, ABONO Party-list Representative Robert Raymund Estrella, Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino, DA RFU 1 Regional Executive Director Renato Maguigad, 6th District Board Member Ranjit R. Shahani. (standing behind is Pangasinan IMO Manager Engr. Helsy S. Bermudez)
Date Published:2011-07-27
Reference No.:39
News Title:NIA CELEBRATES 48TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
Content:The National Irrigation Administration celebrated its 48th Founding Anniversary during the Irrigation Week on June 20-24, 2011. Secretary Proceso J. Alcala was the Guest of Honor and Speaker during its anniversary program held on June 24, 2011 at IEC Bldg, NIA Office, Quezon City (see separate story).

Highlighting the celebration is the awarding of recognition to outstanding performers both from the NIA and from the Irrigators Associations (IA). From the NIA, the highest award of Most Distinguished Award went to no less than the NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel, together with Engr. Reynaldo C. Mencias and Engr. Reynado C. Adao, Project Managers of Agno River Integrated River Irrigation System and Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Project-Irrigation Component, respectively. Administrator Nangel was also conferred the Hall of Fame Award for receiving three consecutive Most Outstanding Operations Manager of the Year, a feat he earned while he was the Operations Manager of the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (UPRIIS). Other awardees include Regional Manager of the Year for Engr. Alberto B. Lacuaren, Regional Manager of NIA Region 9, Most Outstanding Frontline Irrigation Manager to Engr. Josephine B. Salazar from UPRIIS, Outstanding Frontline Irrigation Managers, Most Outstanding ISF Collector of the Year, Outstanding ISF Collector of the Year, among others.

On the side of the IA, there are two categories of award: for the National Irrigation Systems (NIS) and Communal Irrigation Systems (CIS). CARP-IC also awarded its own IA both from NIS and CIS. Capping the highest award for NIS are Balisong –San Vicente IA from Davao del Norte and M.T.G. PLIVIRISCAF IA from Nueva Ecija, while from CIS, the Most Outstanding IA for 2010 is Basak-Pangutusan CARP IA from Compostela Valley. Runners-up from first to fifth are NIS – NAPAL-CONEL ROAD IA, General Santos City, PATAG-CORUNA IA, Bukidnon, WEBAMSI IA, Agusan del Sur, BAGNOS IA, Isabela; CIS – BOAN-BIDA IA, Agusan del Sur, SAN JUAN IMPASUG-ONG LA FORTUNA IA, La Fortuna, BULACANON IA, Cotobato, KASAVIFIA, Zamboanga del Sur, BAYAWAN UNITED FARMERS IA, Negros Oriental. All the above awardees received trophy and cash awards. Incidentally, the top awardees in both categories were given P100,000.00 each by California Energy (CALENERGY) International Ltd, while the second placer were given P75,000.00 by SN Aboitiz Power Inc. and First Gen Hydro Power. The remaining cash awards were given by the NIA.

The celebration was successfully completed and everybody is looking forward to the 49th founding anniversary come 2011.

Date Published:2011-07-14
Reference No.:38
News Title:SECRETARY PROCESO J. ALCALA IS GUEST OF HONOR AT NIA 48TH ANNIVERSARY
Content:Secretary Proceso J. Alcala was the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the 48th Founding Anniversary of the National Irrigation Administration during the culmination of Irrigation Week on June 24, 2011 held at the Convention Hall, IEC Bldg., NIA Office, Quezon City.

In his message, Secretary Alcala underscored the important role of the NIA in attaining the rice self-sufficiency program of the Aquino Administration, being implemented by the Department of Agriculture under his watch. He also called on the Irrigators Association, whom he appreciated their inclusion and recognition in the NIA anniversary celebration, to work hand-in-hand with NIA and the DA, as he committed to provide all the needed support programs to make the goal of rice self-sufficiency successful.

On the other hand, NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel acknowledged the support and cooperation of all Regional / Operations / Project Managers as well as their understanding of the gargantuan responsibility given to NIA in the attainment of the rice self-sufficiency program of the government. He extolled them to perform their best as they are the frontline implementers of the program. He also asked them, what would they like best remembered in the history of NIA?

He also stressed that the years ahead, 2012 to 2013 are the target years for our country to be rice self-sufficient. Its attainment lies in our hands, we should not let this opportunity to make NIA a great contributor to this goal, Administrator Nangel said. He asked for everyone to be part of a strong team and be counted in the annals of a great NIA.

Before ending his message, Administrator Nangel expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Secretary Alcala for the support, trust and confidence extended to him and NIA. He also thanked the other members of the Executive Committee, all Department Managers and all employees of the agency from central to field offices. He also acknowledged the presence of former Administrator Jose B. del Rosario, Jr, whom he said his mentor who planted good seeds which he continues to nurture.

Lastly, he said that more challenges are ahead of NIA but these challenges serve as strength and inspiration to get things done and done with all our best.

Date Published:2011-07-14
Reference No.:37
News Title:IRRIGATION PROJECT INSIDE IWAHIG PENAL COLONY
Content:The National Irrigation Administration thru its Regional Office No. 4-B has started the construction of the Iwahig – Balsahan Irrigation Project right inside the compound of the Iwahig Penal Colony in Puerto Princesa City. Due to security reasons, the commencement of the project took quite sometime, nevertheless, ending up with a Memorandum of Agreement between the Bureau of Corrections and the National Irrigation Administration. The signing of the MOA was facilitated by no less than DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel.

The ongoing project is funded under GAA with a project cost of P 40 Million funded under GAA. It will irrigate about 414 hectares and will benefit 120 inmates of the Iwahig Penal Colony. It is interesting to know that life in that prison is not a life behind bars, but a life with nature because the place is abundant with tress, flora and fauna. The inmates though of different categories enjoy a life outside prison bars. During the visit of Administrator Nangel and other NIA officials, it was observed that the inmates are engaged in farming, beautification of compound and other livelihood activities. Some inmates are also employed as skilled and non-skilled laborers in the construction of the irrigation project.

At present, 100 hectares is being irrigated but once the project is completed it will irrigate an additional 314 hectares. The project construction started in July 2011 and expected to be completed by December 31, 2011.

During the project visitation, Administrator Nangel and Mr. Guillermo B. Ayala, OIC of Iwahig Prison and Penal engaged in the discussion of the ongoing construction. Mr. Ayala appreciates the project in the compound as he said that the construction of the project will increase the irrigated area and assures a year-round supply of irrigation water. The harvest from the farm, it was learned, is the main source of rice supply not only of the prison’s officials but for the inmates as well. For his part, Administrator Nangel said that irrigation services is not discriminatory but caters to all kinds of people where irrigation is feasible. He said further that irrigation is one of the keys to attaining socio-economic development in any part of the country.



NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel during the inspection of Iwahig-Balsahan Irrigation Project inside the Iwahig Prison and Penal Colony, Puerto Princesa City.
Date Published:2011-07-19
Reference No.:36
News Title:ASN visits Banaoang Pump Irrigation Project
Content:Administrator Antonio S. Nangel (ASN) visited the Banaoang Pump Irrigation Project (BPIP), in Ilocos Sur on June 9, 2011. After briefing conference with BPIP officials led by PM Santiago P. Gorospe, RM John N. Celeste with key regional office personnel, and China National Constructional and Agricultural Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CAMC) managers, he proceeded to BPIP Pumping Station Complex in San Mariano, Bantay, Ilocos Sur.



Among the features of the complex presented by CAMC Managers, Mr. Richard Cheng and Mr. Daniel Liu, to ASN and party were the state-of- the-art Pumping Station Computer Control System, the seven (7) units electric powered pumps designed for 6,000 ha, and cooling water pumps, among others. The Administrator was impressed with the facilities as compared to other pumping stations he had seen before. Afterward, he led the field inspection along the main canal, making observations and giving instructions. Among his instructions were - to put a rain gauge station every 500 ha, cut trees along canal embankment, put up staff gauge in the inlet to know Q, coordinate with LGU, and implement water management. Nine Irrigators Association Presidents and farmer-members expressed their heartfelt gratitude to ASN for the construction of BPIP. The partial operation during the Dry Season of 2010 gave the farmers a glimpse of the benefits reaped from the irrigation project. In his message, the Administrator encouraged the farmers to use water wisely and assured them of NIA’s readiness to assist them in availing agricultural support services offered by the government.



The construction of BPIP is being financed by the People’s Republic of China thru the CAMC. The project has constructed one pumping station and sub-station, installed seven (7) units of electric powered pumps, and constructed 1.40-km tunnel and 614-m closed conduit, 18-km main canal and 32-km lateral canals. It also built 90-km main and 176-km supplementary farmditches, 50-km O&M roads, 30-km drainage canals and 11.80-km transmission lines. It aims to provide irrigation service to seven (7) municipalities of Ilocos Sur such as: Bantay, Vigan, Caoayan, San Vicente, San Ildefonso, Sto Domingo, and Magsingal, with the generation of 5,232 ha of new areas and benefitting about 4,000 farming households.

After two extensions, BPIP is now scheduled for turn over to Region 1 for operation and maintenance before the year ends.


Date Published:2011-06-21
Reference No.:35
News Title:NIA MANAGERS’ CONFERENCE
Content:The managers at the different levels of the National Irrigation Administration held the Managers’ Conference in Subic, Zambales on May 26-27, 2011. It was attended by all senior management officials headed by no less than NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel, department managers, regional / operations / project managers nationwide.

In the message of Administrator Nangel, he gave emphasis on the agencies’ concerns, updates and directions. He told the group that a strong team work should be in place in order for the agency to attain its objectives. He also mentioned of the 3Hs to guide them when confronted with problems. These 3Hs are, Head/Mind, Heart/Feelings and Hands/Touch. Use our Head to always anticipate the problems and recommend possible solutions while the situation are still under control; Use our Heart to be more humane, considerate and flexible especially in dealing with co-workers regardless of position; and use our Hands to execute our plans and to firmly decide on the issues within your authority. He also stressed to be proactive, that we should not wait for things to happen but to make things happen. Go down to the field to know first-hand situation to enable you to act immediately, he further said.

The conference discussed among others, are the status of project implementation, status of operations performance, rice self-sufficiency roadmap including its manual, rationalization plan, private-public partnerships, as well as administrative and finance matters.

The conference was very productive and fruitful in that, overall activities of the agency were assessed, remedial measures were provided, and commitments made and assured.



NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel delivers his message to the Regional / Operations / Project Managers and Department Managers during the NIA Managers’ Conference in Olongapo City.
Date Published:2011-06-06
Reference No.:34
News Title:NATIONAL IRRIGATORS ASSOCIATION CONGRESS HELD
Content:The National Irrigation Administration spearheaded the conduct of the National Irrigators Association (IA) Congress held at the Camelot Hotel on May 18-19, 2011. It was attended by the Presidents of Provincial Federation of Irrigators Associations nationwide.

The IA Congress aimed to inform the farmers of the Rice Self-Sufficiency Program of the national government where the farmers play a vital role in its attainment. The Program aims to attain rice self-sufficiency in 2013. It was also the venue where issues that may hinder the program’s attainment were discussed and solutions recommended.

Secretary Proceso J. Alcala of the Department of Agriculture attended the IA Congress together with NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel. Secretary Alcala emphasized the importance of the Irrigators Association in the rice self-sufficiency program of the government where the lead agency is the Department of Agriculture with National Irrigation Administration playing a very important role being the irrigation agency of the government. For his part, Administrator Nangel vowed to closely coordinate with the IA in the implementation of projects and to continue with the consultation meeting.



DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala answers questions from the farmers during the National IA Congress. Behind him is NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel.
Date Published:2011-06-06
Reference No.:33
News Title:Irrigators Association Cluster Consultative Workshop
Content:Series of Irrigators Association Cluster Consultative Workshop is being conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in close coordination with the National Irrigation Administration (NIA). Now on its 4th batch, the cluster consultative workshop aims to disseminate the Rice Self-Sufficiency Program of the government spearheaded by the DA in partnership with its various attached bureaus and agencies. NIA is one those agencies involved.

Admittedly, irrigation is one vital component of rice production. Within the NIA, beneficiaries of irrigation are organized into irrigators association and have been proven strong partners in rice production, hence, during the cluster consultative workshop these irrigators associations are represented by the President of the Provincial Federation of Irrigators Association. Their problems affecting increased rice production were brought out during the consultation and presented to DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel. Both officials reacted positively to these issues and assured the farmers that appropriate action will be considered. They expressed their appreciation for their participation and commitment to the rice self-sufficiency program.

One of the objectives of the cluster consultative workshop is to inform the irrigators association of the award system to be given by the DA. The program will involve selection of 10 outstanding IA at the provincial level with an award of P5 M worth of projects; 50 outstanding IA at the municipal level with an award of P1 M worth of projects and 500 extension workers for contributing an outstanding IA with P20,000.00 cash award.



DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel during the IA Cluster Consultative Conference for Regions 6, 7, and 8 held in Cebu City.
Date Published:2011-06-06
Reference No.:32
News Title:Administrator Nangel in NIA-LGU-IA Consultation Meeting
Content:NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel recently attended the NIA-LGU-IA Consultation Meeting held at the Aklan State University in Aklan on May 6, 2011. It was attended by the Presidents of various Irrigators Association in the province, local government units and NIA officials from NIA Region VI headed by Regional Manager Gerardo P. Corsiga.

The theme and focus of the consultation meeting is the presentation of plans and programs on irrigation development for the province of Aklan. Issues and problems not only of the farmers but the LGU as well were brought out and actions were taken and/or solutions recommended.

Leading the LGU officials is no other then Congressman Florencio Miraflores. Other LGU includes Mayor Antonio Mameng of Banga, Mayor Ramon Legaspi of Makato, Mayor Maria Lourdes Miraflores (wife of Congressman Miraflores) of Ibahay, Mayor William Lachica of Kalibo, Mayor Victor Fernandez. Other guests also include personalities from the press, Philippine Information Agency and Bombo Radyo.

Congressman Miraflores commended Administrator Nangel whom he said was the only NIA Administrator to conduct this consultation and going down to the area to feel and listen to the needs of the farmers and LGU. For his part, Administrator Nangel expressed his appreciation to the support and understanding of the National and Local Government Units to the programs of the NIA.

Later in the afternoon after the consultation meeting, Administrator Nangel met with Congressman Antonio del Rosario of the first district of Capiz and with Governor Vic Tanco of the same province. Both meetings were very productive in that the plans and programs of the NIA for the province of Capiz were spelled out and possible problems threshed out. Congressman del Rosario also commended Administrator Nangel for his reaching out to the various stakeholders.



NIA-LGU-IA Consultation Meeting at Aklan State University. With Administrator Antonio S. Nangel is Congressman Florencio Miraflores (to his right) and Mayor Maria Lourdes Miraflores of Ibahay Municipality, Aklan. At the podium is Mayor Antonio S. Mameng of Banga, Aklan. Partly hidden is Mayor Ramon Legaspi of the Municipality of Makato, Aklan. (Mayor Makato is the President of Mayors’ League of Aklan.



Administrator Nangel inspecting Aklan River, the source of irrigation water for Aklan-Panakuyan RIS, together with Mayor Mameng of Banga, Aklan, Region VI Regional Manager Gerardo Corsiga.



Administrator Nangel with Congressman Antonio del Rosario of 1st District of Capiz



Administrator Nangel with Governor Vic Tanco of the Province of Capiz

Date Published:2011-05-16
Reference No.:31
News Title:Administrator Antonio S. Nangel at IA Share Awarding Ceremonies
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Administrator Antonio S. Nangel awards to Irrigators’ Associations in Mal and Padada River Irrigation Systems in Davao del Sur, the check as payment of their share in irrigation service fee collection in simple ceremonies held at the NIA-IA Farmers’ Training Center in Digos City. NIA Region XI Regional Manager Felix M. Razo said that the ceremony is very significant in that this is the first time in the history of PADADA and MAL RIS where all the Irrigators Associations were able to receive a share in ISF Collection. To be able to get a share in ISF, the IA should be able to collect at least 60% of collectibles. The maximum share is 15% if total collection reaches 100%. This also shows that the IA thereat at are very active partners of NIA.
Date Published:2011-04-12
Reference No.:30
News Title:NIA CHIEF IN SORSOGON
Content:NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel joined high level officials of Sorsogon during the Sorsogon Convergence Initiative for Rural Development held in Sorsogon on April 8, 2011. The convergence is one of the fora where issues for rural development are discussed and solutions formulated thru consultation with all stakeholders in the province. Bottomline is that all projects should be coordinated with other agencies for a synchronized approach.

Present during the convergence is no less than Congressman Salvador Escudero, and other local government officials. In that same occasion, Senator Chiz Escudero met with NIA Administrator Nangel to discuss priority irrigation projects in Sorsogon and elsewhere in the Bicol provinces. For his part, Administrator Nangel instructed Regional Manager William Ragodon and Interim IMO Manager Siervo Maglangit to prepare the Programs of Work of the identified irrigation projects and systems for inclusion either in CY 2011 or CY 2012 project implementation.

After the meeting, Administrator Nangel together with Regional Manager Ragodon visited some irrigation projects and systems in Sorsogon. It has been another productive trip for the hardworking NIA Administrator.



Officials of different government agencies, NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel (in long-sleeves blue shirt) who attended the Convergence Initiative together with Congressman Salvador Escudero.



One of the irrigation projects in Sorsogon visited by NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel
Date Published:2011-04-12
Reference No.:29
News Title:NIA REGION IV-B CREATED
Content:The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in its Board Resolution No. 7678 – 11 adopted on March 14, 2011 authorized the creation of Regional Office No. IV-B. The creation was pursued by the various Representatives and Local Government Units officials comprising MIMAROPA or Region IV-B. The creation is in line with the geographical and political sub-division.

On his part, NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel said that the creation of NIA Region IV would hasten irrigation development in that new region considering that full attention could be given by the new organization. Region IV-B has a potential irrigable area of about 149,250 hectares and area developed as of today is only 45,500 ha or about 30%.

In a simple ceremony coinciding the awarding of recognition for Outstanding NIA and Irrigators Association held in Palawan on March 31, 2011, Administrator Nangel hand over the memorandum to Engr. Conrado V. Cardenas, Jr. designating him Interim Officer-In-Charge of the NIA Regional Office No. IV-B. It was witnessed by no less than DA Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Antonio A. Fleta, NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance, NIA Region IV-A Regional Manager Efren S. Roqueza and other NIA Officials. NIA Region IV-B will hold office at Calapan City, Mindoro Oriental.

MIMAROPA is the acronym for Mindoro Oriental and Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan. Being an island region, Engr. Cardenas was challenged to place MIMAROPA in the mainstream of irrigation development to attain the government’s goal of rice self-sufficiency in three years’ time.
Date Published:2011-04-04
Reference No.:28
News Title:NIA CHIEF IN MINDANAO SORTIES
Content:ENGR. ANTONIO S. NANGEL, Administrator of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) went on sorties in Mindanao during the period March 16-18, 2011, specifically in Misamis Oriental and Occidental to attend to various events related to irrigation development.

Administrator Nangel visited ALISA Irrigators Association in Alupijid, Misamis Oriental where the farmers demonstrated how they make organic fertilizer out of banana peels, rice stalks and other materials. They also produce Indigenous Micro Organism which they mix to hasten decay/decomposition of materials. The organic fertilizers are used by the farmers thus reducing use of chemical fertilizers: in turn, reducing their farming expenses, increasing their yield and eventually income. The farmers said that organic fertilizer enabled them to harvest 100-120 cavans per hectare. Incidentally, the ALISA Irrigators Association has been a consistent awardee as Most Outstanding IA not only in Region 10 but also a runner-up in the national category. Mayor Giovanni Labis expressed his gratitude for the support NIA is giving to his constituents. In turn, Mayor Labis committed to share in the cost for air drier, which the IA requested from NIA. Administrator Nangel said the ALISA IA can be a model to other IAs nationwide.

Next in his field visit is the Mini-Agro Festival held in Barra, Opol Misamis Oriental, conducted by the Regional Federation of Irrigators Association in Region 10. The RFIA is composed of 92 Irrigators’ Associations coming from both the national and communal irrigation systems. The festival showcased the farm products in its province. Later in the afternoon, Administrator Nangel attended the RFIA 16th General Assembly as Guest Speaker. In his speech, Mr. Nangel acknowledged the valuable support and cooperation of the Irrigators Association in pursuing irrigation development and sought their support in the government’s goal of rice self-sufficiency in 2013. In attendance to the General Assembly is the Regional Executive Director of DA-RFU 10 Mrs. Lalay Ramos. For her part, she committed to course thru the NIA and IA the distribution of 7,000 certified seed and various farming equipments given by DA. These equipments will be repaid by the recipients. Moreover, the Agricultural Training Institute ATI) vowed to collaborate with NIA in providing training to the farmers.

Administrator Nangel visited the ongoing Balingasag Irrigation Project. The project when completed by December 31, 2011 will irrigate 2,226 hectares of new area, and 274 hectares rehabilitated area. At present, Balingasag IP is irrigating 700 hectares. The project will benefit 2,213 farmers. In Misamis Occidental, Mr. Nangel visited Tangub Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) with Tangub City Mayor Philip Tan. When completed, the project will irrigate 394 hectares new area and 214hectares existing area. Tangub SRIP is targeted to be completed by 2012. It will benefit 660 farmers.

Administrator Nangel is accompanied by NIA Region 10 Regional Manager Julius S. Maquiling, NIA Consultant Reynaldo E. Concordia, PAIS Manager Pilipina P. Bermudez, SRIP Project Manager Ely Luz and other key staff of NIA Region 10.
Date Published:2011-04-04
Reference No.:27
News Title:SMALL RESERVOIR IRRIGATION PROJECT IMPACTS ON FARMERS’ LIVES
Content:NIA Administrator Antonio S. Nangel recently visited two Small Reservoir Irrigation Projects (SRIP) in Negros Oriental which he proved to be the turning point of the lives of the farmers in Zamboanguita and Dauin in the province.

The Calango SRIP in Zamboanguita change the lives of the farmers as they attested that before, the people thereat could hardly afford to eat rice, saying that "they only eat rice when somebody in the family is sick". Completed in 2000, the project had since changed that outlook, saying, they can eat as many times they want. The SRIP enabled the farmers to plant rice at least twice a year and vegetables year round supplying nearby municipalities.

With the introduction of organic technology by the Department of Agriculture, they have shifted from chemical to organic fertilizer which their Irrigators Association produced. They attest that organic fertilizer increased their yield to 100-120 cav per ha/cropping season.

In Dauin SRIP in the same province, where before, the whole service area of Dauin is purely cogon and scattered with large lava stones all over the place, the area is now beaming with ricefields planted with rice and other crops. One farmer, Mr. Godofredo Tabijon attested that his life improved a lot with the completion of the irrigation system. He plants vegetables, one of which is eggplant. He said that from his 6,000 sq.m. lot, his gross income is about P50,000.00 in three months. He uses organic fertilizer and does not use chemicals for pest and other plant diseases. He patiently picked out the insects and other destructive elements of plants.

These irrigation systems were recently visited by NIA Administrator Nangel and he said that he is very pleased to gather first hand information from the farmers of the benefits they are getting from NIA projects. He said he is overwhelmed by the smiles shown in the face of the farmers attesting satisfaction in their lives brought about by the irrigation systems.
Date Published:2011-04-04