• Aquino fires NIA chief

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    President Benigno Aquino 3rd has fired National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Antonio Nangel who got a dressing down several days ago because of the agency’s poor performance.

    President Aquino on Tuesday confirmed that he is not renewing the appointment of Nangel, whose term of office ended on June 30.

    The contract of the NIA administrator is renewed yearly.

    “Maliban na lang kung magkaroon ako ng amnesia mula ngayon hanggang mamaya, wala akong balak irenew siya [Unless I suddenly develop amnesia now until later, I have no intention of renewing him],” the President told reporters.

    Aquino, who was NIA’s guest of honor in its golden anniversary on June 25, expressed his dismay over the agency’s failure to meet its targets.

    He said NIA’s accomplishment rate from 2001 to 2009 was a poor 66 percent from the target it set to irrigate new lands.

    In 2011, the agency’s accomplishment was 87 percent. However, it fell to 65 percent in 2012.

    Aquino has ordered the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to audit NIA funds.

    Nangel has blamed NIA’s failure to irrigate more lands last year to typhoon “Pablo”, which hit Mindanao in December.

    The President said instructed the Executive Secretary and other concerned agencies to verify Nangel’s excuses.

    NIA, a government-owned and -controlled corporation, is primarily responsible for developing and managing irrigation systems in the country.

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