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Soil Survey Suitability Classification and Land Use Updating Project of the Municipality of Palompon, Leyte

By Salvador A. Fabula – February 22, 2012



Introduction

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The Soil Survey Suitability Classification and Landuse Updating Project of Palompon, Leyte was started last January 9, 2012 and finally completed each field work activity last February 20, 2012 through the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) dated October 11, 2011 entered by and among the BSWM and LGUs of Palompon, Leyte. The final output and the turn over of the project is expected by mid of June this year.

Its objective was to generate a comprehensive soil data base that will facilitate the assessment of the productivity potential of utilized land and the possible formulation of recommended crops for every given type of soil.

The soil suitability maps, relief model and other landuse data will serve as guide to various agricultural development and planning activities of the Municipality of Palompon.

Project Description

The project was implemented as a joint undertaking of the BSWM and the Local Government Units (LGU’s) of Palompon, Leyte. The survey was carried out for a period of 4 ½ months; 1 ½ months field work activities including the construction of 3-D Relief Model and three (3) months for laboratory analysis, evaluation, map preparation and report writing.

Project Management

The project was financed by the Municipal Government of Palompon with the BSWM as project implementor. The fund was managed by the LGUs of Palompon, Leyte and the BSWM Project Management Team ensured the project outputs are met upon project completion.

Team Composition

1. Salvador A. Fabula Overall Project Team Leader
2. Oscar F. Costelo Assistant Project Team Leader
3. Berna G. Pastor Team Member/ Soil Fertility Specialist
4. Noemi M. Pascual Team Member/ Soil Fertility Specialist
5. Engr. Henry Cacayan Team Leader (Climate/ Water Resources)
6. Irvin K. Samalca Team Leader (Landuse and Vegetation)
7. Joselito N. Bangawan Cartographer
8. Armando B. Arcamo SWAC/Relief Model Specialist
9. Bonifacio Jogno, Jr. GIS/Relief Model Specialist
10. Dino R. Velasquez Relief Model Specialist
11. Jose Pepito Espenili Relief Model Specialist
12. Clarita D. Bacatio Technical Supervisory Support (Soils)
13. Felix N. Albano Technical Supervisory Suppor (Carto)

Activities

The Multi-Disciplinary Team of the BSWM has completed its activities, as follows;

  1. Courtesy call and orientation briefing to LGU officials.
  2. Soil, land use and vegetation cover, climate and water resources surveys.
  3. Collection of 135 soil profile samples. Description of 69 pit samples to define and separate soil mapping boundary by soil series.
  4. Establishment and mapping of eight (8) soil series with 27 corresponding soil mapping units, namely; Bongliw, Bugko, Umingan, Batuan, Faraon, Bolinao, Palompom and Lugo Series.
  5. Delineation and mapping of updated land use by Landsat thru ground thruthing with the use of GPS.
  6. Assessment of climate and water resources wherein seven (7) major and minor erosion rivers, two (2) waterfalls, and 15 springs in the municipality were identified.
  7. Soil survey with an area of 16, 586 hectares.
  8. Completion and turn over of 3-D Relief Model with the scale of 1:11, 000.
  9. Pre-final delineation of maps (soil, slope, erosion, landuse, soil/land limitation maps).
  10. Project report pre-final presentataion

Output

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Project outputs include:

  1. Soils, landuse and vegetation cover, slope, erosion, flooding, soil fertility, land limitation map and suitability for various crops.
  2. Proposed agri-development plan (six book-bound copies)
  3. Soil Report
  4. 3-D Relief Model

Despite the short project duration, the Project Team was able to accomplish more than what is expected. The municipality of Palompon will now be able to fully maximize their soil and water resources through the projects’ identification of appropriate crops for every soil type.

Through this undertaking, Mayor Ramon C. Oñate of Palompon, Leyte presented a letter of commendation to the BSWM and Project Staffs headed by Salvador A. Fabula expressing his thanks and gratitude for conducting the Soil Survey Suitability Classifcation and Land Use Updating Project of the Municipality.





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