NIA acquires heavy equipment worth P110.5M
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) said it acquired 17 units of heavy equipment worth P110.5 million for use in irrigation project implementation, as well as for the operation and maintenance of existing irrigation systems.
The acquisition of heavy equipment is one of the Four-Point Agenda of NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya.
NIA said the purchase of heavy equipment constitutes NIA’s three-year re-fleeting program of 40 wheeled excavators for Calendar Year (CY) 2017 to 2019, which can be broken down as follows: 17 for CY 2017, 18 for CY 2018, and five for CY 2019.
The said heavy equipment is intended to be used for construction, as well as Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of existing National and Communal Irrigation Systems nationwide.
As of December 31, 2017, NIA maintained in operating condition 3,245 units of heavy, light/transport, other support, and special equipment in support to the operations and maintenance of irrigation systems nationwide.
Of these, the agency has a total of 383 existing heavy equipment. Out of which, only 23 units are in good operating condition and 360 units are very old, less reliable, and operating intermittently. Thus, the three-year re-fleeting program is a great relief to efficient NIA operations.