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DA-BSWM, UE, partners ink MOA on composting facilities

By Loraine D. Cerillo - Project Development Officer II
May 18, 2016

The Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) recently partners with the University of the East-Caloocan City Campus to promote the gradual adoption of Organic Agriculture nationwide through establishment of Small-Scale Composting Facilities (SSCF) during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on May 17 at the University of the East Manila Campus.

The joint project is in support to Republic Act 10068 known as the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, authored by Secretary Alcala during his term as Quezon congressman, intends to promote, propagate, develop, and further implement the practice of organic agriculture in the country to improve soil fertility, increase farm productivity, reduce farm-source pollution, further protect the health of the farmers, consumers, and the general public, as well as save on imported farm inputs.

According to BSWM Director and NOAP National Coordinator, Dr. Silvino Tejada, the BSWM as the National Focal Agency for NOAP advocates the utilization of organic fertilizers and inputs to further promote environmental protection while producing safe food for the consumers.

This project is in view of the wider approach to promote organic agriculture in the country. Also, this undertaking will strengthen our partnerships with universities to help educate the students on the importance of agriculture and organic agriculture,” Tejada underline.

On the other hand, UE represented by the President and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Ester A. Garcia, as beneficiary will operate and manage the SSCF by providing the necessary manpower for the operation and maintenance of all components of SSCF.

UE Caloocan Campus Chancellor, Dr. Zosimo M. Battad further said that this partnership, in close coordination with DA-Regional Field Office IV will catalyze for urban farming and will help in research and development activities undertaken by the university.

The government is set to allot at least Php 300,000 for the establishment of SSCF.

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