March 6, 2017
The NIAEASP, the 6,000-strong organization of NIA employees nationwide duly recognized by the Management and the Civil Service Commission as the sole bargaining entity for and in behalf of the agency’s workforce, expresses its profound sadness over the sudden resignation of NIA Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña.
Administrator Laviña, during his short stint with our beloved agency, had shown
his genuine love and support for the rights and welfare of NIA employees by making the impossible possible in terms of employees’ benefits.
In less than a month after assuming office, he ordered the release of the 2016 Collective Negotiation Agreement Incentives (CNAI) of employees, despite the opposition of some members of his management team, who feared possible disallowance of the payment of said incentive by the Commission On Audit.
Administrator Laviña also authorized in January 2017 the release of the employees’ Uniform and Clothing Allowance (UCA), first time in the history of NIA that the UCA was given to personnel in the first month of the year. For more than 20 years, this allowance was usually released in July or August.
More than a week before his resignation, the administrator, a true leader of NIAns that he is, lifted the suspension order issued by his unpopular predecessor on the payment of the Viability Incentive Grant (VIG), a performance-based benefit granted to viable offices and their employees who performed creditably towards attaining self-sufficiency of their respective offices. For three years, starting 2014 up to 2016, NIAns were deprived of this incentive.
Administrator Laviña took an enormous risk when he directed the payment of our CNAI and VIG. We listened to him in awe when he said “Kung si Pangulong Duterte ay handang mamatay para sa bayan, handa akong makulong para sa inyong mga benepisyo.”
Aside from being a pro-employee, Administrator Laviña inspired NIAns with his vision of reclaiming NIA’s title as the best irrigation agency in Asia. We believed in his program to strengthen NIA through the proper retooling and trainings of officials and employees to make them more knowledgeable, responsive and effective in discharging their duties of serving the country’s farmers
We saw his sincerity and genuine desire to uplift the lives of farmer irrigators, who together with NIA employees, were the first groups of people he sought to meet and interact with when he visited all the regions in the country in his first month in office. In that short period of time, Administrator Laviña was able to get the support of NIA employees and Irrigators Associations (IA) behind President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s free irrigation service policy.
It is in this context that we in the NIAEASP met the news of his resignation with great sadness. NIAns lost in him a champion of employees’ rights and welfare. Nawalan kami ng isang tunay na lider na MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAKATAO at MAKADIYOS!
To Administrator Peter Tiu Laviña: Sir, you will always be in our hearts. We will miss you! We wish you good luck in your future endeavors. God bless you!
As we in the NIAEASP bid Administrator Laviña goodbye, we wish to welcome our new administrator, Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya, to the NIA.
Our Union is ever-ready and willing to support Administrator Visaya’s new agenda, vision and programs for the NIA. We just hope that just like his predecessor, the new NIA administrator will also be pro-employees, pro-farmers and most especially pro-NIA by safeguarding and protecting our Agency from corruption and greedy personalities who see our Agency as a giant milking cow worth more than P36 billion for 2017 alone. -30-
By authority of the
(Sgd) VICTORINO T. ARON
(Sgd) ED G. YU