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NIA gets earful from Negros Oriental governor over P400m project

Barely had the National Irrigation Administration settled under a new boss when it is now in hot water with Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo, over a P400-million irrigation project.

Degamo, during the Negros Island Regional Development Council meeting in Canlaon City, scored the NIA for not coordinating with local government units in the implementation of the project.

“Since it did not pass through us, we returned it,” he said of the project in Pamplona town in Negros Oriental, which dates back to 2007.

“We have been bypassed, and we will not tolerate it,” he added.

He also stressed the project has not been used, and is thus considered a “white elephant.”

Earlier this year, the NIA experienced a leadership crisis after administrator Peter Tiu Lavina stepped down over allegations of corruption.

President Rodrigo Duterte named former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Ricardo Visaya as his replacement.

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