PH SOIL PART­NER­SHIP LAUNCHED

In or­der to pro­tect soil re­sources, dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions launched the Philip­pine Soil Part­ner­ship (PSP) that seeks to pro­mote sus­tain­able soil man­age­ment

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The Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA), thru the Bureau of Soils and Water Man­age­ment (BSWM) and with sup­port from the Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion (FAO) launched the Philip­pine Soil Part­ner­ship (PSP) dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of the World Soil Day on De­cem­ber 5, 2018.

The PSP aims to im­prove soil gov­er­nance at the na­tional level to en­cour­age part­ner in­sti­tu­tions to act to­gether in or­der to pro­tect and pre­serve the lim­ited soil re­sources of the coun­try. It also seeks to pro­mote sus­tain­able soil man­age­ment, which en­vi­sions healthy and pro­duc­tive soils for the coun­try.

In­con­gru­ous pres­ence of chem­i­cal sub­stance at a higher than nor­mal con­cen­trate level has ef­fects on non-tar­geted or­gan­ism.

This poses se­ri­ous threat to food se­cu­rity and safety, causes ground­wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion, loss of soil bio­di­ver­sity, and risk to hu­man health.

“At present, we don’t have na­tional as­sess­ment on soil pol­lu­tion and re­searches on how to mit­i­gate these chem­i­cals that may cause soil pol­lu­tion, and so we have to act to­gether to ad­dress this,” BSWM OIC-Director An­gel En­riquez said.

The cel­e­bra­tion was at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from DA re­gional field units, other na­tional gov­ern­ment agen­cies, civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions, aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions, stu­dents from nearby schools and other pri­vate sec­tors.

Thru the cre­ation of PSP, BSWM will pro­mote sus­tain­able man­age­ment of soil re­sources for soil pro­tec­tion, con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able ac­tiv­ity; en­cour­age in­vest­ment, tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion, pol­icy, ed­u­ca­tion aware­ness and ex­ten­sion in soils; pro­mote tar­geted soil re­search and de­vel­op­ment fo­cus­ing on iden­ti­fied gaps and pri­or­i­ties and syn­er­gies with re­lated pro­duc­tive, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial de­vel­op­ment ac­tions; en­hance the quan­tity and qual­ity of soil data and in­for­ma­tion thru data col­lec­tion (gen­er­a­tion), anal­y­sis, val­i­da­tion, re­port­ing, mon­i­tor­ing, and in­te­gra­tion with other dis­ci­plines; and har­mo­nize meth­ods, mea­sure­ments and in­di­ca­tors for the sus­tain­able man­age­ment and pro­tec­tion of soil re­sources. /

PHOTO BY TOTO LOZANO/ PRES­I­DEN­TIAL PHOTO

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Roa Duterte vis­its one of the food stalls dur­ing the Depart­ment of Tourism's Food and Travel Fes­ti­val dubbed ‘Kaon Ta!' held at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on De­cem­ber 7, 2018. Also in the photo are Ay­ala Cor­po­ra­tion Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Jaime Zo­bel de Ay­ala and Tourism Sec­re­tary Ber­nadette Puyat

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