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BSWM conducts 1st cluster-wide congress for the recipients of Composting Facilities for Biodegradable Wastes (CFBW) and orientation of BSWM projects and activities

By Pett P. Ocampo - Information Officer
January 30, 2019

The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) of the Department of Agriculture (DA), through the National Organic Agriculture Program,conducted the 1st Cluster-Wide Congress for the recipients of Composting Facilities for Biodegradable Wastes (CFBW) and Orientation of BSWM Projects and Activities at the Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel on January 24 to 25, 2019. The 1st ever Cluster-Wide Congress aims to inform recipients and make them aware of the current policies, programs and projects and other initiatives of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the BSWM and solicit their suggestions and recommendations for the improvement of the performance of the facilities. A staunch advocate of Organic Agriculture,Senator Cynthia A. Villar graced the event to add more emphasis on the importance of composting our biodegradable wastes and to encourage the Local Government Units in this endeavour. Also present in the event are the BSWM Officer-in-Charge Assistant Director Dr. Edna D. Samar, National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) Representative Engr. Guillermo F. Saret, Jr.; and, the Focal Person on Organic Agriculture Program on Provision of Agricultural Equipment Facility (PAEF) Component Ms Yolanda L. Abrina. The event was attended by 188 recipients together with their Provincial Local Government Officials from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region I and Region II representing the Luzon A Cluster. Testimonies on the benefits of the CFBW were presented by Mr. Reden Soriano of Region II, Mr. Dominador V. Urbanozo of CAR and Mr. Roberto D. Urlanda of Region I.An Open forum and sharing of experiences were also part of the session.

In the BSWM’s sustained effort to acquaint and inform its partners of the other important programs and activities of the BSWM, key and technical staff presented their respective fields of expertise. Assistant Director Dr. Edna D. Samar presented her topic on Research Results on Fertilizer Use Efficiency; Ms. Yolanda L. Abrina presented the Rationale and Highlights and Accomplishments of the BSWM-OAP; Engr. Alberto E. De Guzman of the Water Resources Management Division discussed on theSolar Power Irrigation System; Ms. Eugenia A. Briones of the Soils Survey Division talked about the Utilization of Organic Fertilizer from Biodegradable Wastes; Ms. Sharon G. De Vera also of the Soils Survey Division on the updates of the National Soil Sampling and Testing Project (NSSTP) Phase III; and Ms.Jovette L. Tenorio, on the updates of the Network of Protected Areas for Agriculture and Agro-Industrial Development (NPAAAD). The BSWM, tasked by the DA to continue its advocacy and promotion on the use of organic inputs through the establishment of different facilities,strives to strengthen and capacitate Local Government Units, Farmer Cooperatives and Associations, State Colleges and Universities and even Civil Society Organizations in the production of natural farming inputs.

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