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DA-BSWM P99M project with the Province of Bohol

By Pett P. Ocampo
January 28, 2020

OIC Director Sonia M. Salguero, of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) first official trip for 2020 is a success as she fulfills her maiden assignment for Secretary William “Manong Willie” D. Dar of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Sec. Dar, through the BSWM, has committed a total of P99 million for soil and water projects in the Province of Bohol. His declaration was made during the 20th Ubi Festival held at the Bohol Agricultural Promotion Center Grounds, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, on January 28, 2020.

The commitment was strengthened via the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Secretary Dar and OIC Dir. Salguero for the DA and the Hon. Rene L. Relampagos, acting Governor of Bohol on behalf of Governor Arthur C. Yap who is on official travel to Japan. The MOA is for the P20 million proposed Soils and Water Laboratory to be established in Carmen, Bohol as a start-up activity.

As the nationally mandated agency to supervise, regulate and control the establishment and operations of all soils laboratories in the Philippines under PD 1435 and further support the implementation of Department Order 4 & 10, the BSWM was designated by Sec. Dar to take the lead in this undertaking with Dr. Gina P. Nilo, Chief of the Laboratory Services Division (LSD) of the BSWM as the National Focal Person for Soil Laboratories of the DA. LSD is PNS ISO/IEC 17025 accredited as of June 15, 2016 and valid until June 14, 2021 ensuring that they provide services with the highest quality and accuracy that conforms to accepted local and international standards on soil and water analysis for agriculture.

Furthermore, a P50 million budget is committed for the establishment of a Solar Power Irrigation System (SPIS) and another P24 million is allocated for two Small Water Impounding Projects (SWIP). The establishment of SPIS and SWIP is under the Small-Scale Irrigation Project implemented nationwide by the BSWM through its Water Resources Management Division.
Sec. Dar also instructed OIC-Dir. Salguero to partner with the Bohol State University (BSU) for a Soils and Water Conservation program and has allocated P5 million for this purpose. These activities will cover the total amount of P99 Million allotted to the Province of Bohol.

These efforts are part of the DA National Soil Heath Program to have a systematic and holistic approach in addressing soil health to ensure sustainable use and management of soil resources and enhanced productivity and income in line with the Department’s twin objectives of sustainable production and profitability – Masaganang ANI at Mataasna KITA.

On the same occasion, the BSWM also turned-over the Land Suitability Map for Coffee and Cacao to Acting Governor Rene L. Relampagos and Atty. Salvador D. Diputado, Regional Executive Director DA-RFO 7.

The BSWM is the nationally-mandated agency on sustainable management of soil and water resources for agriculture. BSWM is currently ISO Certified 9001:2015.

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