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DA-BSWM promotes transparency through database system on irrigation projects

By Amelia M. Fermia - Project Assistant III
December 07, 2016

With the initiative for enhancing transparency, the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) conducted a two-day Seminar-Workshop for the final stage of the project entitled “Compilation and Development of Database System on Small Scale Irrigation Projects (SSIPs)” on December 1-2, 2016.

The said project aims to develop a database system that will contain the inventory of SSIPs implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the BSWM and the DA Regional Field Offices (DA-RFOs). This shall also serve as basis for the government to locate its investments.

BSWM OIC-Director Sonia M. Salguero said that the development of database system will bring transparency as the research and development studies and other related documents will be made available to the public through web access by the stakeholders.

"With the Philippines gaining recognition on technological advances, we at the BSWM came up with this project that calls for another milestone for the development progress of our small scale irrigation projects. I believe that this project will not only provide a long-term solution for utilizing the current information and future activities relative to irrigation projects, but it will also promote transparency in government transactions which complies to the advocacy of our President Rodrigo Duterte," Salguero underscored.

According to Undersecretary for Field Operations Ariel T. Cayanan, the Department has been embarking on the development of water resources for agriculture in the country since 1970's. The implementation of SSIPs nationwide included the Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP), Small Diversion Dam (SDD), Shallow Tube Wells (STW), Small Farm Reservoir (SFR) and spring development.

"In the midst of technological breakthrough, other types like the Pump Irrigation System from Open Sources (PISOS) and Alternative Prime Movers for Pump Irrigation Systems like solar, wind, and ram pump were developed to provide supplemental irrigation where feasible in locations not reached by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) systems," Usec. Cayanan added.

With funding support from the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), the said project underwent series of Stakeholders Workshop in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao this year.

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