May 31, 2021

A Ceremonial Turnover of Firearms led by NIA Central Office representatives and NIA Region 7 Regional Manager Engr. Wilson M. Lopez commence today at NIA R7 Central Visayas Training Center.

The firearms, some Pistol Caliber 9mm Glock 17 Gen 4 with Luminescent Sight, was distributed by the Acting Manager of Procurement and Property Division, Ms. Elaine P. Villanueva; Civil Security Officer A, Mr. Orlando S. Manalastas Jr.; and, Property Officer A, Mr. Richard M. Diesta.

The procurement of these firearms aims to strengthen peace and security of NIA officials, employees, stakeholders and properties inside the RO compound and of the field offices. Ms. Elaine P. Villanueva, the Acting Manager of Procurement and Property Division said it is one of the Administrator's 4-point agenda which is the modernization of equipments for Operations.

"Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa ating top management, of course sa ating Administrator, Ricardo Visaya, who initiated the procurement of firearms. It is about time na i-secure naman natin and properties and of course the employees of National Irrigation and Administration", Villanueva added.

The ceremony was also attended by NIA Region 7 Division Managers, Chiefs, staff and security personnel. Negros Oriental Satelite office and Cebu Irrigation Management Office also attended the event virtually.

The event commenced with an orientation on the 4 basic firearms safety rules led by Civil Security Officer A, Mr. Orlando S. Manalastas Jr.