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Students from Quezon City gets lecture on the importance of soil

By Loraine D. Cerillo - Project Development Officer II
December 07, 2015

Soil is teeming with life as there are more living individual organisms in a tablespoon of soil than there are people on earth. The year 2015 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of the Soils to celebrate its vitality and major contributions to human beings as well as recognizing the challenges when it comes to the health of our soils.

As part of the celebration and initiatives of the focal agency, Bureau of Soils and Water Management, it recently conducted a pilot program “Adopt-A-School” which is an information campaign targeting the students of Bagong Pag-Asa Elementary School in Quezon City to promote a deeper understanding of the core concepts of soil and to convey a message to the youth to take care of the soil as it is the basic resource that supports every form of life on earth.

Director Silvino Tejada said that “Adopt-A-School” project will boost the interest of the young ones to successively achieve the purpose of rehabilitating the depleted and degraded land resource which whom he considered young learners as the best ambassadors of taking good care of the soil realizing that the future belongs to them.

Several information materials such as multi-media presentations and hand-outs were provided to students who attended the event and hands-on exercise to further explain and elaborate how soils are being formed, its uses and functions, the factors causing soil degradation and to make them appreciate the value of it.

Director Tejada’s campaign to healthier soils encourages loving the soils because we can never replace it with another. According to him, soils cover just six percent of the Earth’s land surface and there is existing huge number of degraded land areas. This is basically our individual call to help, he added.

For the successful result of the pilot program, “Adopt-A-School,” BSWM team is planning to spearhead with other schools in Quezon City to feed and promulgate information to the students and teachers as part of the initial step to achieve the purpose of saving our soils.

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