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BSWM conducts Stakeholders Consultation for National Mapping, Characterization, and Development of Spatial Database for the Coastal Areas Affected by Salinity

By Pett P. Ocampo - Information Officer
March 04, 2019




The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), through the Agricultural Land Management and Evaluation Division (ALMED) conducted a Stakeholders Consultation for National Mapping, Characterization, and Development of Spatial Database for the Coastal Areas Affected by Salinity. Based on the Rationale and Background of the Study presented by Mr. Edgar D. Natividad, Section Chief of the Farm Management Viability Section of ALMED, the BSWM Reconnaissance Survey - series of 1980s - 45 provinces are identified as affected by salinity. They represent more than half of the country’s provinces. With this initiated studies, their extent is not known and there has been no nationwide information system developed for the salinity-affected areas. The one-day Stakeholders Consultation held at the BSWM Lopez Hall on February 21, 2019, aims to address this study and develop a national information system for the coastal areas affected by salinity. It also aims to describe the soil physical and chemical characteristics; generate salinity maps; develop spatial database on salinity for the coastal areas; undertake suitability evaluation for agriculture and fisheries; and prepare scenarios as input to policies to be formulated. This undertaking is participated in by the BSWM’s stakeholders from the different Provincial and Municipal Agriculture Offices of the respective Local Government Units of Batangas, Bulacan, Marinduque, Masbate, Pampanga and Quezon. This activity is under the leadership of BSWM Dir. Angel C. Enriquez and implemented by the ALMED through its Technical Staff. Ms. Feriola Serrano, Section Chief of the Land Resources Inventory and Evaluation Section, who welcomed all the participants, underscored the importance of this undertaking mainly because it will be an opportunity for all parties to be informed of the results of the study in their respective areas, to be able to share experiences and knowledge and solicit feedbacks. Presentation of data and maps was presented per province by other ALMED Technical Staff namely, Ms. Angelica L. Ecito, Ms. Juliet G. Espineli, Ms. Regine Marie N. Brion, Mr. Valerio R. Ablaza, Jr., Mr. Rogerick B. Asug, Ms Ditse Marie L. Tesorero and Dr. Dante E. Margate.





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