“Provide data on soil and water management and develop soil rejuvenation programs that our regional field units (RFUs) can benefit from,” Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala instructed all researchers of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) during the celebration of the agency’s 64th anniversary.

The agri chief also urged the experts to share the results of their research and development (R&D) work.

Now that PAGASA has officially declared the occurrence of El Niño until the end of the year, Alcala tasked the BSWM to closely coordinate with DA-RFUs for a more effective implementation of soil and water management programs , including the dissemination of information on how to save water.

In addition, Alcala called on Small Water Impounding System Associations (SWISAs) officers “to religiously participate in water harvesting every time the rain falls, and to regularly check the canals for leakages in the small water impounding projects so as to prevent water wastage.”

Noting BSWM’s crucial role in providing interventions to areas that have scarce supply, Alcala directed BSWM Dir. Silvino Tejada to organize and implement water-saving programs in the small water impounding projects.

“Let’s try to utilize the technology we have on hand, such as solar water pumps and windmills where available,” he said.

“At the end of the day, hindi maaabot ng Pilipinas ang kasapatan sa pagkain, at  ang pinapangarap na pagbabago ng buhay ng mga magsasaka’t mangingisda kung wala ang BSWM,” he said.

During the event, Alcala and Tejada signed the Soil and Water Resources Research and Development Roadmap for 2016-2022.

The Agri chief also led the awarding of Outstanding BSWM employees and the recitation of Code of Ethics of BSWM Outstanding Group Unit.

BSWM was established six and a half decades ago with the vision of being a frontrunner in research and policy-making body in the soils and water management.

In particular, the agency has started to adopt sustainable and inclusive Agri-Pinoy approach through research, technology dissemination, and other services, and has also consistently supported DA’s banner programs in rice, corn, organic agriculture, and high-value crops. It continuously undertakes research and technology development that aims to preserve, conserve and enrich the country’s soil and water resources. (Marlo Asis, DA-AFID)

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy


Author: tuklasinnatin

A Journalist and served government for 20 years. A community organizer who rose from a clan of artists and novelists.

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