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NCIP calls for suspension of Chico River project

May 08, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The Cordillera People's Alliance and other indigenous peoples groups say that the free, prior and informed consent of the communities in Katabbogan and Pinococ in Pinukpuk, Kalinga, was not obtained

What happens if the Philippines can't pay off loans from China?

Mar 02, 2019 - 12:52 PM

(UPDATED) Senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares raises the alarm over the looming Chinese debt trap. The finance department shrugs off fears and says the Philippines can pay off the debt.

Department of Agriculture eyes more solar irrigation facilities in Laguna, Rizal

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says that the use of solar-powered irrigation systems can also save farmers more money

Busy Farmers in North of Manila in Pugo La Union get hope after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said “We will focus on agriculture in the coming years. We know that the major reason for inflation this year has been the logistics problems we have had in agriculture, as well as production problems.” Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

COA hits delays in P12-billion irrigation projects

Jul 29, 2018 - 7:05 PM

State auditors blame 'inadequate planning' and 'inefficient' performance for the non-completion of 436 irrigation projects in 2017

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Duterte signs free irrigation law

Feb 09, 2018 - 10:56 AM

Republic Act 10969 also condones the unpaid irrigation fees of farmers owning 8 hectares of land or less

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 45th Founding Anniversary of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) at the NEDA Central Office in Pasig City on February 6, 2018, expresses his optimism on how NEDA could contribute to the development of the country to an upper middle class status for the coming years. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Congress approves free irrigation for small farmers

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:27 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives would now convene a bicameral conference committee to thresh out differences between their versions of the bill

IRRIGATION. Rice farmers are in need of free irrigation to free them from the burden of paying service fees to the National Irrigation Administration. File photo

Locals protest Duterte admin's Chico River project

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:08 PM

The P2 67 billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project is seen to boost the country s agricultural production but some tribes fear that it will adversely affect their communities

MARTYRS. This installation in Bugnay, Kalinga, based on a concept by Vladimir Longid, depicts the 3 Chico Dam martyrs : Pedro Dungoc, Macliing Dulag, and Lumbaya Gayudan. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

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Former AFP chief Visaya is new NIA head

Mar 07, 2017 - 11:31 AM

Retired general Ricardo Visaya replaces President Rodrigo Duterte s former campaign spokesman Peter Laviña who was sacked over corruption allegations

NEW NIA CHIEF. Former AFP chief General Ricardo Visaya is set to again serve the Duterte administration

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Duterte fires campaign spokesman as NIA chief

Mar 01, 2017 - 8:45 AM

5th UPDATE The President mentions his decision to let go of Peter Laviña in a recent meeting with labor groups The outgoing NIA chief says he resigned

Typhoon Nina destroys at least P25-M worth of crops

Dec 28, 2016 - 2:05 PM

The typhoon that made landfall on Christmas Day also leaves at least P83 46 million worth of damage to infrastructure according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

INITIAL REPORTS. NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña receives initial reports on damaged irrigation facilities in areas hit by Typhoon Nina. Photo courtesy of NIA

Peter Laviña is new NIA head – Piñol

Nov 15, 2016 - 10:58 AM

The incoming head of the National Irrigation Administration says among his goals is to provide free irrigation services to farmers

Agri chief seeks P4B additional funds for NIA

Aug 25, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is also proposing to convert the National Irrigation Administration a government corporation into a service agency

FREE IRRIGATION. Agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol is seeking for additional funding for the National Irrigation Administration to cover the irrigation services fee that will be scrapped.

Lawmaker wants farmers’ irrigation fees scrapped

Jul 16, 2016 - 2:00 PM

House Bill 558 seeks to ease the burdens of Filipino farmers and make them more productive

NO MORE FEES? Cebu 1st District Representative Raul del Mar wants to remove a burden off the shoulders of Filipino farmers. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Over 1,000 hectares of riceland in Bicol barren due to drought

Jun 23, 2016 - 8:15 AM

The drought stricken areas point to at least P93 million lost for the first cropping alone at an estimated 80 bags minimum rice yield per hectare

DROUGHT. A farmer in Sangay, Camarines Sur inspects his farm affected by drought. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

What does the most vote-rich province want from the next president?

May 05, 2016 - 3:02 PM

Cebu is the most vote rich province in the Philippines with about 2 7 million registered voters

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What do the 5 presidential bets promise for PH agriculture?

Apr 06, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The fate not only of farmers but of consumers and the entire economy rests on the shoulders of the next president

Poe on Kidapawan: Why are the victims getting sued?

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:39 PM

Campaigning in Cebu presidential candidate Grace Poe says the vote rich province faces water shortage like Kidapawan Cotabato where farmers recently clashed with cops

DANAO ALLIES. Presidential candidate Grace Poe and running mate Francis Escudero (right) endorse Bakud Party chairman Ramon Durano III (center) during the local party's assembly in Danao City, Cebu, on April 5, 2016. Photo courtesy of Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

DBM releases P12.3 billion in irrigation funds

Mar 02, 2016 - 7:59 PM

P11 8 billion will be used for the expansion of irrigation across the country while the remaining P500 million is for NIA s Quick Response Funds

THIRSTY RICE. Palay is particularly sensitive to drought conditions because it depends on a stable supply of water to grow. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Inclusive business now just 'good business'

Feb 17, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Firms with a cause are increasingly using their models to scale up generating investor interest and changing the world at the same time and there is huge potential for them in the Philippines says global experts

INCLUSIVE SHIFT. Experts discuss the changing investors changing mindsets towards inclusive businesses at the a discussion that opened ADB's 2nd Inclusive Business Asia Forum on February 17. (from left) Ferdinand de la Cruz - COO Manila Water, Heekyung "Jo" Min executive Vice President Creating shared Value- Cj Group, Dr. Dilip Kulkarni - President of Sustainable Agriculture- Jain Irrigation, Lito Camacho of Credit Suisse and Eriko Nishikawa of IFC. Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

6 cops killed in clash with communist rebels in Cagayan

Feb 16, 2016 - 1:34 PM

UPDATED The rebels allegedly burned heavy equipment being used for projects of the National Irrigation Administration

Young farmers in Yolanda-hit region promote resilient agriculture

Jan 28, 2016 - 6:12 PM

Young survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda are some of the voices calling for resilient agriculture to address the threats of climate change to agriculture

Q&A: How Indonesia will accelerate infrastructure dev't in 2016

Jan 11, 2016 - 4:05 PM

Rappler sits down with Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono

NIA mulling abolition of irrigation service fees

Aug 25, 2015 - 6:15 PM

The agency says consultations with policy experts on the issue will be completed in 3 months

Subsidies to gov’t-owned firms rise by 200% in Q1

Jun 07, 2015 - 10:27 PM

The National Electrification Administration Philippine Children’s Medical Center and the National Irrigation Authority were the biggest beneficiaries of gov’t help

NEDA Board approves LRT2 west extension project

May 19, 2015 - 8:38 PM

The board chaired by President Benigno Aquino III also approves projects on irrigation fire safety and local development

Cagayan Valley on red alert for Typhoon Dodong

May 09, 2015 - 3:48 PM

Typhoon Dodong’s heavy to intense rain may cause Cagayan River floods in Tuguegarao City and across the towns of Enrile Amulung Alcala and Aparri

Want to start a farm? 3 tips from Kiko Pangilinan

Oct 07, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan says only a strong private public partnership can sustain growth in the agricultural sector

FARMER-CENTERED. Secretary Francis Pangilinan says the problem with Philippine agriculture is the lack of respect for farmers. File photo from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization

Corruption charges vs NIA officials over P66M irrigation projects

Sep 08, 2014 - 4:01 PM

Government agencies file more than 60 folders of evidence against NIA officials for alleged corruption involving 4 irrigation projects in Caraga Mindanao worth P66 million

FILED. Members of a special investigation team composed of 4 government agencies file evidence against 53 persons allegedly involved in anomalous irrigation projects in Caraga, Mindanao. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Rappler Newscast | August 18, 2014

Aug 18, 2014 - 8:02 PM

Irrigation officials face charges for anomalous projects General Palparan is now in a Bulacan jail Julian Assange will leave his asylum

EXCLUSIVE: Corruption cases filed vs irrigation officials

Aug 18, 2014 - 3:56 PM

In June 2013 President Aquino scolded NIA for irrigating only 65 of its target coverage A year later investigations reveal corruption of alarming proportions

Indigenous elders support ‘questionable’ Iloilo megadam

Aug 05, 2014 - 7:06 PM

The Panay Bukidnons hope the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Phase II – 3 dams a 6 6 megawatt hydropower plant an 81 km high line canal – will finally bring progress to Calinog town

TRIBAL COUNCIL. Leopoldo Caballero (left), head of the council of elders of the Panay-Bukidnon indigenous people in Calinog, Iloilo, holds a press conference with his brothers Romulo and Rodolfo, also tribal leaders, to express support for the Jalaur River megadam despite unfavorable findings on the project. Photo by Joselito Villasis/

Nat'l Irrigation Administration elects new chief

Jul 07, 2014 - 1:34 PM

The appointment of Florencio Padernal is the latest in agriculture offices now under Secretary Francis Pangilinan He takes over an agency that still needs to irrigate more than 1 3 million hectares of land

IRRIGATION. Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija brings water to farm lands. Photo from Wikipedia

A thirsty world and the PH water problem

Jun 25, 2014 - 11:14 AM

Unsafe water kills more people than wars each year Have you ever thought of how many people lack access to toilets and safe drinking water?

UNSANITARY. For many poor households, there is only a blur line separating the spaces used for cooking and eating, bathing, and as toilets and garbage disposals. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/

PH road to rice self-sufficiency

Jun 17, 2014 - 2:52 PM

What s stopping the Philippines an agricultural country from achieving rice self sufficiency?

PH RICE. What's stopping the Philippines, an agricultural country, from achieving rice self-sufficiency? File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Smaller dam to irrigate Bulacan, Pampanga crop fields –NIA

May 13, 2014 - 3:09 PM

The Bustos Dam can supply water to irrigate the remaining rice fields in Bulacan and Pampanga amid low levels of the Angat Dam

Photo courtesy of PPP Center

How climate change threatens our food security

Mar 15, 2014 - 11:41 AM

As the world becomes warmer in the coming years Philippine agriculture will face greater challenges

LOSS. Agricultural workers lose crops and income due to extreme weather brought about by climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

JICA funds PH irrigation project

Dec 04, 2013 - 3:24 PM

The project aims to restore 11 501 hectares and rehabilitate 24 169 hectares of agriculture lands

RESTORING RICE. Galvanized iron liters a rice field in Hernani, Eastern Samar province on November 18, 2013, over a week after the storm devastated the area. TED ALJIBE/AFP PHOTO

COA hits NIA for poor irrigation record

Nov 04, 2013 - 12:37 AM

NIA has spent P67 18 billion out of its P134 811 billion budget from 2009 to 2012 but it has only covered 95 035 hectares of newly irrigated farmlands according to COA

#PugadBaboy: not SONAis

Jul 23, 2013 - 5:00 AM

President Aquino Noli De Castro Prisco Nilo and legislators involved in the pork barrel scam

#PugadBaboy: not SONAis punchline 2

Jul 23, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Officials PNoy reprimanded and the legislators in the pork barrel scam

#PugadBaboy: not SONAis punchline 3

Jul 23, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Coughing clapping tongue lashing and other SONA highlights

NIA performed poorly, says NGO

Jul 09, 2013 - 4:12 PM

The National Irrigation Administration NIA needs to do more to improve the country s irrigation system

Aquino fires NIA head for poor performance

Jul 02, 2013 - 11:56 AM

President Aquino confirms he will not renew the contract of National Irrigation Administration head Antonio Nangel

SUPPORT FOR FARMERS. President Benigno Aquino III (center) urged the National Irrigation Administration to do its part in helping Filipino farmers. Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr./Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino orders probe on NIA's failure to meet targets

Jun 26, 2013 - 3:43 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says President Aquino wants to verify the NIA s explanation on their poor performance