Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 16:27

Tagbilaran City – After gracing the successful groundbreaking of two Small Reservoir Irrigation Projects (SRIPs) in Ubay and Buenavista, Bohol, NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya (Ret.) on his two-day official visit to province committed a brief time to meet the management and staff of the NIA Regional Office VII headed by Engr. Modesto G. Membreve.

During the meeting held at the Central Visayas Training Center on June 27, 2017, Admin. Visaya discussed his 4- Point Agenda which will help steer the agency with respect to its current situation and in unison to the campaign of President Duterte’s administration – Against corruption and uplifting the lives of the farmers.

Eradication of graft and corruption – the Administrator is keen in addressing the issue on corruption, a long standing problem of the agency resulting to the compromised project implementation. Although admitting that it is difficult if not impossible to eradicate this crookedness, he is confident to somehow scale down this practice during his term.

Improve delivery of services – With the recent implementation of the free irrigation services which is no doubt, one of the substantial achievement of the present administration, Gen. Visaya would want to ensure that despite this set-up services offered to farmers will not be hindered; instead it should be more precise and fast. In terms of operation, the administrator wants to strengthen the institutional aspect and to encourage the participation Irrigators Associations in the maintenance of their respective systems.

The Administrator will also focus on investing to modernize the equipment and tools presently used by the agency. A practical approach for a faster and accurate data needed in project implementation as well as in monitoring Irrigation Systems’ operations. Thus, timely completion of projects equals better services to the farmers.

Uplifting the morale and welfare of NIA’s human resource – On top of all the resources and capabilities of any organizations, it is the men and women who perform their duties and responsibilities that the Administrator accounts the success and achievements of the agency in pursuing its mandate.

And to compensate, he will see to it that all available benefits and advantages will be given to all eligible employees and ensure a fair and just system of personnel evaluation for promotions and movements.

The approval and implementation of SSL IV which has been the longing of all NIA employees since it was made into law will also be prioritized.

Strengthening administration’s organizational structures – A review of the present organizational structure will be undertaken to ensure that agency is efficient and effective in performing its mandate.

These will be the foundation of the administration of Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya, of which he is confident that will provide a practical approach to issues and concerns of the agency; with regards its clientele - the farmers and its employees.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 15:59

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 27, (PIA)—Gipasalig na ni National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Ricardo Visaya nga pangitaan nila og pundo alang sa katumanan sa P10 bilyones nga Bohol Northeast Basin (BNB).

Didto sa iyang labing unang gitambongan nga pag-lihi sa Benliw Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) human sa tulo ka buwan nga paglingkod isip administrador sa NIA, gipadayag niya nga may 19,400 na lang ka ektarya nga luna sa Bohol ang mahimong kapatubigan.

Gikan sa 44,000 ka ektarya, napatubigan na ang dakong bahin niini dala sa mga higante nga proyektong patubig sa mga kabasakan nga una na nga natukod.

Lakip sa mga natukod nga patubigan mao ang Pilar Pamacsalan Dam, Bayongan San Miguel Dam, Capayas Dam sa Ubay, Talibon SRIP ug uban pang gagmay nga mga pagsira sa sapa aron makapatubig.

Sa kasamtangan nga 19,400 ka ektarya nga kabasakan nga kinahanglan pang abtun sa patubig, usa ka daku nga plano sa irigasyon ang nakita ug gisugyot na ni Kongresista Aristotle Aumentado.

Ang BNB, mogamit sa suba sa Cantakoy aron lup-an og ikapasanap ang tubig sa gibanabana na nga 19,000 ektaryas nga kahumayan sa Danao, Dagohoy ug mga silingan nga lugar.

Hinuon, sa nahimo na nga feasibility studies kabahin niini, kon moabut sa 19,000 ang abton sa patubig, dako usab ang lugar nga masanapan.

Gani, segun sa Kongresista, may dako usab nga gamit kining gisugyot nga patubig dala na sa mahimong kini ang tinubdan sa gahum dagitab.

Gibutyag sa mga eksperto gikan sa Energy Development Corporation, ang dam sa patubig nga mahimo sa Bohol Northeastern Basin mahimong makahatag og gikan sa 6 megawatts ngadto sa 12 mega watts sa koryente.

Dugang pa, kini mamahimong dakong tinubdan sa tubig nga magamit sa balay, dugang pa ni Aumentado.

Dala niini, mismo si Administrador Visaya ang mibutyag sa unsa ka importante nga kapundohan ang P10 bilyones nga patubig.

Gawas pa, matud niya, kon mapabarug na kini, may 400 ektaryas na lamang nga kabasakan ang angay nga abton pa sa NIA.

Didto usab sa nahisgutang groundbreaking, si Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco mipalubad sa dakong tumong nga himoon ang Bohol nga rice basket sa Central Visayas.

Gupadayag sa Bol-anong naglingkod sa taas nga posisyon abag sa Presidente nga kon mahimo, idoble pa ang rice sufficiency sa Bohol sa panglantaw nga himoon ang panguma sa humay nga makaaghat sa mga tigpananum sa maayong ugma sa panghumayan. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

By : Rey Anthony H. Chiu - Manager, PIA-Bohol Infocen.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 15:33

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 27, (PIA)--In a day, the government through the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) broke ground for some a total of P1.2 billion in two small reservoir impounding projects (SRIP) that would critically boost Bohol's rice production in the region.

No less than NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya and Boholano Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco led local and NIA officials in breaking ground for the P595,000,000.00 Benliw SRIP in Ubay and the P620,000,000.00 Bonotbonot SRIP in Buenavista, June 26.

Administrator Visaya, who has just recently pegged his third month as administrator of the country's top agriculture infrastructure agency said it is his first time to officiate a groundbreaking event at NIA and two ground breading events in a day at that, all in Bohol.

This is the third ground breaking activity in Bohol [under the Duterte administration] in 2017, and it would be the only one [province] in the country [to have this chance], the former army officer who had 37 years of decorated military service pointed out.

Last May, NIA also broke ground for a P725 million Cayacay-Mabini SRIP.

Benliw SRIP relies on its water source from Pasanan Creek, and the water collected would serve 400 hectares of rice fields in Ubay barangays of Benliw, Imelda, Cagting and Sinandigan through its irrigation package.

The irrigation system would directly benefit an estimated 600 farmers and their families, NIA said.

The Benliw SRIP would submerge some 5.6 square kilometers but would have a live storage capacity of 2.86 million cubic meters of water, the project brief showed.

In fact, NIA 7 Regional Manager Engr. Modesto Membreve shared that the water impounding could also serve as a venue for aquaculture, power generation, water supply and soil conservation.

A dam in the region would also help the communities in their flood control and mitigation, NIA said.

Ubay Mayor Constantino Reyes, who led local officials in welcoming their NIA officials and farmer beneficiaries cited that the dam in Benliw would play a key role in the town's poverty alleviation.

From our un-used cogonal lands, we can convert it now to ricefields, the mayor pointed out adding that it would strategically boost the people's goal of helping attain rice sufficiency in Bohol.

On the other hand, both Evasco and NIA Administrator Visaya also led the local officials and irrigators association officials in breaking ground for the Bonotbonot SRIP in the early afternoon of June 26 at Barangay Rufo Hill.

Engineers would be tapping the Maubid Creek and put up a zoned earth fill dam rising up to 28 meters in height to collect 5.372 million cubic meters of water to irrigate rice lands.

Covering a catchment area of 12.96 kilometers, Bonotbonot SRIP would benefit farms of Bonotbonot, Cangawa, Buga-ong, Bato, Sweetland and Lapacan Norte, Engr. Membreve said.

Cabinet secretary Leoncio Evasco on the other hand pointed out that the government is not just responding to the needs of communities, but also putting up opportunities to grow economies.

Citing the provision of irrigation systems as a way of attaining rice sufficiency, he said the Duterte Administration did not have second thoughts about supporting the project.

With the irrigation facility, we do not rely on the rains now, Evasco, who noticed that the farmers in the catchment area now covered by the facility has been farming for decades depending on the rains.

The irrigation, he said would increase the farmers' average harvest per hectare to 5,146 tons from the current 455 tons.

Aside from the demand for peace and order as well as streamlined democracy while ridding corruption, the Duterte Administration has also vowed to respond to the economy of the stomach; putting up of anti-poverty measures like irrigation facilities, education and public infrastructure have been top spending priorities.

In Bohol, the latest SRIPs also effectively reduce the possible irrigation development potential of Bohol to just 19,400 hectares, Visaya said. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)