New NIA chief vows to fight corruption

MANILA — New National Irrigation Administration (NIA) administrator Ricardo Visaya on Tuesday vowed to fight graft and corruption by devising mechanisms to ensure maximum transparency.

In a statement, Visayas also pushed for the amendment of Executive Order No. 203, or the application of Salary Standardization Law IV to NIA and other losing government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC), with the help of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary.

He believed this is a long overdue salary increase for the benefit of the deserving and hardworking employees of NIA.

Visaya, retired Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, further said he would give priority to programs designed to boost production of local farmers.

“Our farmers are the number one clientele of NIA. We will give them what is due them in order to help increase their production,” he noted.

Visaya was elected on Tuesday as the new NIA administrator during the regular NIA Board meeting held at the Malacanang Premier Guest House, after swearing in as the new member of the NIA Board of Directors before its acting chairman Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr.

He will also act as the concurrent Vice-Chairman of the NIA Board.

Evasco reminded Visaya that as the new administrator, “his heart and mind should always be for our farmers as they play a very crucial role in our food security.”

Evasco added that employees should “always transact in a very transparent manner especially that we are in the government; ensure checks and balance, transparency, and accountability in government dealings.”

Visaya bowed out of the military service last Dec. 8 upon reaching the age of 56. He was awarded with the Legion of Honor degree of Commander by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Leslie Venzon/PNA-northboundasia.com