2013 The Outstanding Mapúan (TOM)
in the Professional Field of Practice in Civil Engineering
After passing the Civil Engineering Board Examination in 1971, he joined the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) as Assistant Civil Engineer during the construction of the Upper Pampanga River Project (UPRP). He gradually rose to higher positions, along the way garnering awards for meritorious services. As the Operation Manager of the UPRIIS, he was cited as most outstanding Regional Irrigation Manager of the country for three times. This elevated him to NIA’s Hall of Fame.
Administrator Nangel has been described as an innovative and hands-on Manager. Through his various management initiatives, he was credited for making UPRIIS viable after twenty years of non-performing project.
After serving as Administrator for barely one year, he was able to increase irrigable areas and service efficiency resulting tin a 170% cropping intensity, this was much higher as compared to the 130% average for the last two decades.
He started implementing the mini-hydropower projects in selected irrigation canals, in partnership with Investors, IA’s and LGU’s. The scheme would generate cheap hydropower that would serve rural communities; provide farmers with cheaper electricity to operate farm equipment and facilities. These projects will contribute to ease the power problems in some remote areas.
He intensified the Rice Rationing Program in some NIA irrigation systems. The program shortens the period of production of rice, with less water, cheaper cost and at minimal labor.
He also launched the implementation of “5 in 2” rice cropping scheme in various regions. This would allow farmers to have fine crops harvest in two years. The method has been found to be workable in Region 2. This is one of NIA’s contributions in government’s “Food Staple Sufficiency Program (FSSP).
After more than two years at NIA’s helm, with innovations he introduced, supported by efficient management, the agency is now a viable corporation. This is first time in its fifty years existence.
Antonio S. Nangel