NIA fails to execute irrigation projects worth P12B
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) said it has failed to execute last year as much as 436 irrigation projects worth P11.93 billion.
Of these projects, it has been found out that the Sta. Josefa Pump Irrigation Project (SJPIP) in Agusan del Sur, which would take half a billion peso to build, suffered the longest delay of seven years.
Based on its own assessment, the delays in project implementation are caused by various contributing factors, such as the Right-of-Way (ROW) problems, peace and order situation in project areas, delay in the release of funds and budget allocation process, and delays incurred in the bidding process of civil works that attribute to the late start of contract works.
NIA also had to deal with unworkable site condition within the project area due to consequences of climate change affecting the construction operations, on-going farming activities, and poor contractors’ performance resulting to extension in project implementation.
“These issues are being addressed by the NIA Administrator, giving stern warning to NIA field management offices to closely monitor project implementation so that any problem that may arise can be resolved immediately,” the agency said in a statement.
In the case of SJPIP, which was supposed to start in 2008, NIA said the project construction was not continuously undertaken “due to factors that are beyond control”.