NIA IV-A familiarizes on CPES

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 08:45


November 26, 2018 – The National Irrigation Administration Region IV-A conducts Training Workshop on Contractors Performance Evaluation System (CPES) at Ouan’s Farm Resort, Lucena City, Quezon, November 26-29, 2018.

The 4-day training workshop is part of the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act under Section 12. 

It requires all procuring entities implementing Government Infrastructure projects to evaluate the performance of their contractors using the NEDA-approved CPES guidelines for the type of project being implemented, in NIA’s case – the irrigation projects. 

“This training workshop will be an instrument for an improved delivery of services particularly to our Filipino farmers.”, said NIA Regional Manager Romeo Lopez.

RM Lopez said that this new mechanism will enable NIA to implement quality projects as it ensures all the government infrastructure projects to conform to specified requirements and standards.

“Magkakaroon na ng centralized database of information sa ating mga contractors para mabilis nating malaman kung ang mga sumasali ba na contractors sa ating mga projects ay talagang maayos at maaasahan.”, he added.

The system is part of the government efforts to build more quality infrastructure projects in a more efficient way.


Monday, November 12, 2018 - 08:45

The Local Government Unit of Pagbilao led by Mayor Shierre Ann Portes-Palicpic through the Office of the Municipal Agriculture held the 11th Pagbilao Harvest Festival from November 12 to 14, 2018.
The LGU annually holds the event since 2007 to celebrate the agricultural sector of the municipality, to recognize farmers and fishermen and to promote their products as well.
Among the colorful booths featured were from four (4) participating irrigators associations of Dumacaa RIS covering the area of Pagbilao namely: Alupaye Farmers Central IA, Alupaye Sitio Tubigan IA, Mapagong Farmers IA and Nagkakaisang Magsasaka ng Bantigue IA of Dumacaa RIS who participated in the festival for the first time.
The festival showcased the Pagbilao products such as organic vegetables, fruits, seafoods, kakanin or finger foods, rice, shirts, baskets and many more.


Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 08:30

NIA IV-A, Pila Laguna – The National Irrigation Administration, Region IV-A, on Thursday, announced that its Solar-Powered Pump intended for irrigation is finally fully operational.
The PUNTA Communal Irrigation Project is serving at least 24 hectares of agricultural land in Brgy. Punta, Jala Jala Rizal. Its main source of water is deep well which was first operated by pump and engine (fuel).
The project consisting of three (3) units of Solar Powered Pumps was started last August 2017 and was fully operational this month.
The Php 5.2 Million irrigation project was funded by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program for CY 2017.
The communal irrigation project is set to benefit the Nagkakaisang Magsasaka ng PUNTA which consists of twenty-one (21) Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries.
The solar pumping irrigation program is one of the Agenda of NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya to venture into new technologies that will not only be beneficial to farmers but also to the environment. In the long run, the new technology is set tone down the cost of rice production as it will minimize the use of diesel and gasoline.


Monday, February 5, 2018 - 04:30

February 5, 2018 - Farmers Satisfaction Survey Result (FSS) for NIA-Region IV-A was recently released by Batangas State University (BSU)  and Southern Luzon State University (SLSU), commissioned SUCs as third party of NIA-Region IV-A.  Said activity was conducted from November  2017 to January 15, 2018.  For CY 2017, we attained an average mean of 4.41 which is Very Satisfactory (VS) with 96.62% satisfied farmers under the NIS. This is a big leap from the previous year wherein increase of 0.7 in average mean from Satisfactory to VS level and increase to 9.8 in the percentage satisfaction of farmers in NIS. On the other hand, CIS attained an average mean of 4.12, increase of 0.11 from last year with an adjective rating of Satisfactory and 93.64% satisfied farmers benefiting from the agency’s services, gaining 3.69%. 

This is the third year NIA-Region IV-A commissioned SLSU for the provinces of Laguna, Rizal and Quezon while second time for BSU to conduct the survey for Batangas and Cavite provinces.  All Irrigators Associations (IAs) under NIS which has 80 IAS  undergone the said survey while 30% of the operational CIS-IAs both for wet and dry season which is 77 IAs were considered. Total number of respondents is 1,413 farmers randomly selected from up, mid and downstream.

 It will be noted that conduct of FSS is among the Performance Agreement Negotiation (PAN) of NIA with GCG.  Nine (9) survey questionnaires  for NIS and six (6) for CIS were administered to determine the degree of farmers satisfaction  as to the services being delivered to them. These are 1 – Compliance in the implementation of agreed cropping calendar; 2 – Timeliness of delivery and distribution of irrigation water; 3 – Equitability of delivery & distribution of irrigation water; 4 – Action on request for rehabilitation/construction of irrigation systems/projects; 5 – Quality of construction/rehabilitation of irrigation facilities/structures; 6 – Action on requests for technical advisory/support services; 7 – Quality of technical advisory/support services provided; 8 – Action on requests for trainings and other capacity building programs, and; 9 – Quality of training and other capacity building program provided. 

Survey questionnaire for CIS-IAs focused on the following:  1 –– Action on request for rehabilitation/construction of irrigation systems/projects; 2 – Quality of construction/rehabilitation of irrigation facilities/structures; 3 – Action on requests for technical advisory/support services; 4 –  Quality of technical advisory/support services provided; 5 – Action on requests for trainings and other capacity building programs, and; 6 – Quality of training and other capacity building program provided.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 04:15

January 16, 2018 – Employees and officials of National Irrigation Administration Region 4A warmly welcome the homecoming of Engr. Romeo “Romy” M. Lopez during the leadership turnover ceremony held at NIA Region 4A covered court, Pila Laguna on January 16, 2018.

Then NIA 4A Regional Manager Engr. Modesto M. Membreve handed the “Key of Leadership” to Director Lopez along with all the responsibilities anchored with the position.

Before heading to 4A, Engr. Lopez was the Regional Manager of NIA Region 5 in Naga City, Camarines Sur. He assumed his post in NIA region 4A replacing Engr. Modesto Membreve 
after the latter move to Region 7 and assumed leadership in the region.

A native of Lucena City, Quezon, Engr. Romeo Lopez gained his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Luzonian University Foundation in Lucena City in 1980. He also pursued a graduate study of Master in Public Administration at Union College of Laguna in 2008.

From Civil Engineering Aide, to the Division Manager, and now Acting Regional Manager, Director Romy has literally risen from the ranks. A true-blooded NIAn, he started his service as Civil Engineering Aide in Quezon Provincial Irrigation Office (PIO) in 1980. 
After three years he was transferred to Marinduque PIO as Acting Provincial Irrigation Engineer. In 1984, with his exemplary service, he was promoted as Supervising Engineer A and was assigned to Romblon PIO as Provincial Irrigation Officer. 

His effort and dedication paid off as he received numerous awards lauding his significant contribution in the agency. From three consecutive years, 2007-2009, he was hailed as the Outstanding Provincial Irrigation Engineer of the Year.

He spent almost 20 years in different provincial offices, including Marinduque, Romblon,  Aurora, Laguna, and Quezon before he assumed the Division Manager post in Laguna-Rizal Irrigation Management Office in Pila Laguna. 

He was also a full-fledged Division Manager of Quezon Irrigation Management Office (IMO) in September 2014 – May 2015, and also served as Acting Regional Manager of NIA Region 4A.

With his fully equipped experiences in field operations, Engr. Lopez was given a chance to help the NIA Central Office as the Operation Manager from 2015-2017.  

In all his previous speaking engagements, RM Lopez vowed to focus on timely project implementation, to strengthen partnership with stakeholders, and to institute measures for a more efficient service for farmers in the region. 

He said that his leadership in the region was also guided with the direction of NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya’s  4-point agenda to which the agency is embarking on. 

A passer of Career Service Executive, RM Lopez committed to lead the region with integrity and efficiency. During his first weeks in the post, RM Lopez visited several irrigation projects to personally know the status of implementation. He also scheduled various meetings with the leaders of towns and provinces to strengthen the agency’s partnership for a smooth coordination and assistance.