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BSWM NSST Project Phase 1 output presentation and turn-over ceremony

By Pett P. Ocampo
August 29, 2017

The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) officially started the Presentation of Outputs and Turn-over of Maps of the National Soil Sampling and Testing (NSST) Project Phase I in the Provinces of Davao del Sur and Davao Del Norte on August 23, 2017. Held at the Star Hotel in Davao City, the turn-over of outputs was presented to the Local Government of the said Provinces represented by Mr. Paul Ferconcillo, Provincial Agriculturist (Davao Del Sur), Mr. Roy B. Yap (Representing the Governor’s Office of Davao Del Norte) and DA-RFO XI Regional Executive Director Engr. Ricardo Oñate. The Turn–over ceremony was led by the BSWM OIC-Director Angel C. Enriquez, BSWM’s Soils Survey Division Chief and NSST Cluster III Head, Mr. Dominciano D. Ramos, Jr. and Geomatics and Soil Information Technology Chief, Engr. Pablo M. Montalla.

The National Soil Sampling and Testing (NSST) is a nationwide program covering 82 provinces of the country which aims to provide vital information on the soil health status, its fertility or nutrient deficiencies and which crops are best suited for a specific soil, climate and geographic condition. The output will be part of the National Color-Coded Agricultural Guide Map (NACCAG) of the Department of Agriculture, under the DA’s food security blueprint, that aims to guide and help farmers optimize rice production through effective nutrient management and soil rehabilitation practices. The BSWM whose mandate is to formulate measures and guidelines for the effective utilization of soil, took the lead in the project in collaboration with the DA-Regional Field Offices (RFOs) and the Local Government Units (LGUs). The NSST Project is in response to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s 1st SONA Statement to conduct a nationwide soil analysis to determine areas most suitable for rice farming to optimize production with the use of effective soil rehabilitation and fertilization. This Project will also help answer the DA Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol’s statement on “addressing the end of the guessing game of the Filipino farmer.”

Also present during the Turn-over were the Municipal Agriculturists of Davao del Sur and Davao Del Norte, both in Region XI. The NSST Phase I Presentation and Turn-over of Outputs will be done nationwide. Consequently, series of Briefings and Fieldwork for Phase II are continuously being undertaken nationwide. The Maps are accessible through the following websites, farmersguidemap and BSWM website.

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