Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 03:45

It was during the CY 2017 RICE ACHIEVERS AWARDS Pagpupugay sa mga Natatanging Lalawigan, Bayan, Irrigators Associations and SWISA that SANTAMASI was given the special award and cash prize of Php 100,000.00, held in PICC, Pasay City last May 31, 2018.  The Rice Achievers Award is a Dept. of Agriculture nationwide annual event that recognizes the efforts of outstanding rice producers of the country.   It is the DA’s way to motivate and show appreciation for any group or institution sharing their contribution to the government thrust on food production. 

SANTAMASI organized in mid80’s, has been an active Irrigators Association and consistent awardee as NIA-Region IV Outstanding IA in NIS Category from CY 1992 – 2002. Though its organizing period was not that easy, IA challenges abound them.  With the dedication and commitment attributed to NIA staff’s effort in implementing participatory approach in the management of irrigation systems, soon the IA was involved in the operation and maintenance with 974 hectares and 34.95 kilometers canal length entering into Joint System Management and later to Model III Contract where an 82% CE was attained. At present, Modified IMT contract is being implemented by the IA per MC 13 S. 2017


Monday, February 26, 2018 - 03:30

Engr. Romeo M. Lopez (2nd from R) had photo opportunity with Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez (Middle).

February 26, 2018 – The new NIA Region 4A Regional Manager Engr. Romeo M. Lopez conducted various courtesy call with local and provincial government units in Calabarzon.

The NIA 4A chief, on February 26, went to Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez to inform the latter about the current efforts of the agency on irrigation development in the province. Engr. Lopez vows to closely coordinate with the local government units for the smooth flow of project implementation.

“Mahalagang ka-partner natin ang ating mga kasama sa lokal na pamahalaan para mas mapabilis na maisaayos ang mga proseso sa pagpapatupad ng mga proyekto”, he added.

A native of Lucena City, Quezon, Engr. Lopez assumed his post last January 16, 2018.
Before heading to 4A, Engr. Lopez was the Regional Manager of NIA Region 5 in Naga City, Albay. He replaced Engr. Modesto Membreve after the latter move to Region 7 and assumed leadership in the region. 


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.


Friday, January 19, 2018 - 03:45

January 19, 2018 - Kamakailan lamang ay ginanap ang kauna-unahang Stakeholders Forum sa Region 4A na nilahukan ng lokal na pamahalaan, magsasaka, kapulisan, kasundaluhan, at empleyado ng NIA sa probinsya ng Quezon. 

Ang nasabing malaking pagpupulong ay ginanap sa  St. Jude Cooperative Hotel & Event Center, Brgy. Isabang, Tayabas City, Quezon noong  Enero 19, 2018. 

Isa sa mga layunin ng kasalukuyang administrasyon ni NIA Chief Ricardo R. Visaya na magkaroon ng bukas na paguusap sa lahat ng partners ng NIA sa pagpapatupad ng mga proyektong patubig. Batid niya na sa maayos na paguusap ng bawat sektor sa lokal na pamahalaan ay mabilis at maayos na maisasagawa ang mga proyektong maghahatid ng kaginhawahan sa ating mga magsasaka. 

Nagpasalamat naman ang Regional Manager ng NIA 4A na si Engr. Romeo M. Lopez sa lahat ng dumalo sa nasabing pagpupulong. Inaasahan niya ang tuluy-tuloy na koordinasyon sa probinsya ng Quezon para mas mapalawak pa ang serbisyo ng NIA sa mga magsasaka sa lugar. 

Kabilang sa mga dumalo sa pagtitipon ay sina NIA Deputy Administrator Romeo G. Gan, NIA PAIS Manager Pilipina Bermudez, at NIA Quezon IMO Division Manager Engr. Fidel M. Martinez.


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.