NIA clinches two MOUs to hasten irrigation, RE dev’t


Aimed at hastening irrigation development and leveraging the resources for the advancement of renewable energy, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has sealed two Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with BPE Corp. (BPEC) and China Railway Construction Corp. Ltd., underscoring their mutual commitment to sustainable development initiatives.

In a report by Philippine Star, the signed MOU outlined three priority projects, particularly the Ilocos Norte-Ilocos Sur-Abra Irrigation Project, Upper Banaoang Irrigation Project, and Tumauini River Irrigation Project.

Eduardo Eddie Guillen, the acting administrator of NIA, and Jesus Francisco Gabriel Delgado, president of BPE Corp. (BPEC), formalized an MOU for conducting a feasibility study on the pilot installation of a micro-hydro power system at Angat Maasim River Irrigation System (AMRIS) South Main Canal in Angat, Bulacan. 

According to NIA, this project, named Project GENIHAR (Generate-Irrigate-Harvest), signifies the collaborative effort between them and BPEC to optimize irrigation water for renewable energy development.

Given the challenges posed by climate change, NIA emphasized the significance of investing in renewable energy for sustainable development. 

In a joint commitment, both parties seek Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives to fast-track and expand irrigation development. 

Meanwhile, NIA intends to harness private sector expertise to achieve swift progress in this endeavor.