The National Irrigation Administration
The National Irrigation Administration is a government-owned and controlled corporation tasked with the development and operation of Irrigation Systems all over the country. It was created under RA 3601 which was signed on June 22, 1963 by then President Diosdado P. Macapagal.
Its forerunner was the Irrigation Division of the defunct Bureau of Public Works. By virtue of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1 issued by President Ferdinand Marcos, all irrigation activities were integrated under the NIA. The Agency’s power were likewise broadened and capitalization increased from P300 M to 2 B by the issuance of PD 552 on September 11, 1072. Capitalization was further increased to P10 B under PD 1702 on July 17, 1980.
Development and management of water resources for irrigation and provision of necessary services on a sustainable basis consistent with the agricultural development program of the government.
For the Irrigator Sector
Nationwide existence of efficient irrigation systems-
>That are environmentally sound and socially acceptable.
>Located in strategic agricultural areas.
>Capably managed by viable and dynamic Irrigators’ Association.
>Profitably producing good quality rice and diversified crops.
>Progressively improving the welfare of the farm families, the rural communities.
>Sustainably supporting the Food Production Program of the government.
For the NIA
> Transformed into financially independent organization.
> With its employees enjoying compensation and benefits comparable with other service-oriented government corporations.
> Attaining back its prominence as a leader in irrigation management in the Asian region.
> Attaining excellence as a well managed government corporation.
• To develop and maintain irrigation systems in support of the agricultural development program of the government.
• To provide adequate level of irrigation service on a sustainable basis in partnership with the farmers and the local government units (LGU).
• To provide technical assistance to institutions in the development of water resources for irrigation.
• To support economic and social growth in the rural areas thru irrigation development and management.
• To improve and sustain the operation of NIA as a viable corporation and service-oriented agency.