Employees of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) on Tuesday welcomed the agency’s new chief Claro Maranan, who replaced outgoing administrator Antonio Nangel.
Maranan, who was the No. 2 man at NIA, will officially take on the leadership of agency from Nangel—whose appointment officially ended on June 30.
During the 50th anniversary celebration of NIA held on June 25, President Benigno Aquino 3rd chastised Nangel for falling short of the agency’s targets year after year.
In his speech during the simple turn over ceremony on Tuesday, Nangel said that he is humbled and grateful for the opportunity given by President Aquino to streamline the agency’s operations, and implement the rice and food self-sufficiency targets of the government that would benefit millions of farmers nationwide.
He said that he is satisfied with his performance over the last three years—particularly the agency’s contribution in achieving the government’s targets under the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP).
Because of NIA’s achievements, particularly in increasing rice ecosystems, the Philippines is now closer to its self-sufficiency targets in rice.
As of June 2013, Nangel said that NIA’s contribution to the FSSP priority program of the Aquino administration was attained—with 190,973 hectares out of the target areas of 190,875 hectares from 2011 to 2013.
Of the total irrigated areas, 101,698 hectares were newly generated areas, while 89,275 hectares were restored areas.
“As of June 2013, we were able to complete our FSSP targets, and anything that we will accomplish in the next six months of the year will provide buffer in our rice production,” Nangel said.
“We would be able to complete all 2012 irrigation program by September,” he added.
Among the major projects approved by the National Economic Development Authority during Nangel’s term include the P3.49-billion Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project; P1.56-billion Umayam River Irrigation Project; P11.21-billion Jalaur Rive Multipurpose Project II; P7.05-billion Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation Facility; P4-billion National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (SRIP) and the P1.02-billion Barangay Pasa SRIP.