The month of June is significant to soil conservation and management as the Soil Conservation Month (SCM) and Desertification & Drought Day (DDD) are observed and recognized.

The Soil Conservation Month (SCM), spearheaded by the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM), and observed in June every year, 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. This event 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 – “Rising Up from the Threats of Land Degradation through Soil Conservation.”

Meanwhile, the Desertification and Drought Day (DDD) is observed every 17th day of June. This event was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1995, which is similarly an opportunity to promote awareness on the issue and ways of combatting 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: “Rising Up from Drought Together.” According to UNCCD, this year’s theme focuses on early action to prevent disastrous outcomes.

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 2022 & DDD 2022 posters in your official website page and/or social media accounts and tarps in your respective Offices.

The soft copies of these posters and tarps, fonts used and guides on how to use the templates can be downloaded via this link. (Google Drive)

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

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