By Ed G. Yu
NAGA CITY — The top management of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) cited the leadership of NIA Bicol Regional Director William P. Ragodon for the unprecedented feat that led to a P22.8 million net income for the agency’s regional operation in 2009.
The NIA Bicol regional office here led by Ragodon was honored with the Most Improved Group Performance award during the awarding ceremonies of the NIA 47th Anniversary held on June 18 in Quezon City.
The award was based on the unparalleled performance of NIA Bicol in 2009 when it posted a total income of P67.8 million from irrigation service fee’s (ISF) current and back accounts, amortization of communal irrigation system (CIS), equipment rentals and other revenues. Less operational expenses for personnel salaries and benefits, and maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) amounting to P45 million, Ragodon’s office earned a net income of P22.8 million based on the audited financial statement last year.
In 2008, NIA Bicol incurred a net loss of P18.5 million, while in 2007, it had a deficit of P20 million. The last time NIA Bicol as whole posted a surplus from its operation was in the early 1990’s.
Ragodon attributed last year’s extraordinary performance from several factors, among which were: the release of the P100-million labor intensive projects where farmers who were hired as laborers contributed a portion of their wages as payment for their irrigation fee back accounts; and the hard work exerted by NIA field personnel in collecting ISF current accounts and CIS amortization.
NIA, created by Republic Act 3601 on June 22, 1963, is a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC). As a government corporation, it does not receive funds from the national government for its operation. It solely relies on its collection of income to pay the salaries and other benefits of its more than 4,800 employees nationwide including MOOE.
Ragodon, who was promoted as full-fledged NIA regional manager in 2007, urged the agency’s officials and employees in the Bicol region to continue working hard to provide good irrigation service to Bicolano farmers. He also called on NIA engineers to ensure that irrigation projects implemented in the six Bicol provinces are strictly in accordance with their standard designs and specifications.