The Soil Conservation Month (SCM) observed every June and was created through the Department Order No. 2 series of 1997 by the former Secretary Salvador H. Escudero on May 21, 1997 and Administrative Order No. 16 series of 2007 issued by the former Secretary Arthur C. Yap. Spearheaded by the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM), it promotes the importance of soil conservation management in attaining food security for the Filipino people. For this year’s observance, the SCM will be celebrated with the theme – “Conserving soil together: A key to land restoration and recovery.

Similarly, the Desertification and Drought Day (DDD) is being observed every 17th day of June. This observance was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1995, which is likewise, to promote awareness on the issue and ways of combating desertification and drought. The Philippines as one of the Country Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is encouraged to actively participate in this observance. This year, the DDD will be celebrated with the slogan: “Restoration. Land. Recovery.”  According to UNCCD, the goal of the 2021 Desertification and Drought Day (DDD) is to demonstrate that investing in healthy land as part of a green recovery is a smart economic decision – not just in terms of creating jobs and rebuilding livelihoods, but in terms of insulating economies from future crises caused by climate change and nature loss, and accelerating progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

In line with this year’s observance, we are encouraging you and/or your office to be part of this awareness raising campaign by displaying or posting the Soil Conservation Month 2021 & DDD 2021 posters in your official website page and/or social media accounts.

The soft copies of these posters and guide on how to use the templates can be downloaded in here. (Google Drive)

For more information on DDD campaign, you may visit the UNCCD official website.

The globe image in the DDD poster is taken from here.