CABANATUAN CITY -- National Irrigation Administration Chief Ricardo R. Visaya called on all his men to exert extra efforts to further improve the delivery of irrigation services to the farmers amid the challenges of modernization brought about by the changing times and meeting these opportunities head-on through innovation.
The NIA administrator made the call during the holding of the traditional “New Year’s Call” with other top-level agency officials, regional irrigation managers, and division heads at the NIA Convention Hall inside the NIA central office compound in Diliman, Quezon City on Tuesday.
The theme for this year’s “New Year’s Call” was “NIA 2019: Addressing Challenges through Modernization, Meeting Opportunities through Innovation.”
The highlight of the event was Administrator Visaya’s laying down of his plans and programs for the agency for 2019, said Engr. Jose Ariel G. Domingo, Division 3 manager of the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems, one of the NIA division managers present during the affair.
During the event, Domingo said General Visaya presented his four-point agenda, dubbed “eradicate graft and corruption, improve delivery of services through modernization, strengthen the organization, and develop human resources and improve their capabilities.”
Domingo said the former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief-turned-NIA administrator mentioned the benefits of constructing floating water-based solar power projects on dams and reservoirs than land-based ones which are being pushed by the agency.
“Gusto ni Administrator Visaya na hindi ma-sacrifice ang ating farmlands kaya sabi niya mas beneficial kung itatayo o ilalagay sa ibabaw ng reservoir itong mga solar power projects,” he said, referring to the 2,500 square-meter pilot project done by the SN-Aboitiz Power Group in Magat Dam in Isabela which features solar panels fixed to float on the water surface.
Turning to those division offices with unfinished targets or backlogs in accomplishments in 2018, Visaya warned them to shape up and make proper innovations to be able to catch up, said Domingo.
Taking pride in presenting the Division 3’s 2018 accomplishments, Domingo said his office registered one hundred percent completion rate for all its irrigation projects in 2018.
Despite the passage of the Free Irrigation Service Fee Law last year, he said his division also posted a total income of P5.7-million for 2018, the highest among all the NIA-UPRIIS division offices in Nueva Ecija.