Manila, Philippines – The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) has urged farmers and the people to battle desertification, land degradation, and drought.
BSWM Executive Director Dr. Silvino Tejada issued the plea as the World Day to Combat Desertification approaches and the country is duty-bound to abide by its commitment to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
Tejada said healthy soil is the key to securing water, energy, and building resilience to climate change, particularly in the Philippines, which is vulnerable to aberrant weather brought about by the La Nina and El Nino weather phenomenas.
He said the theme for this year’s UNCCD is “Healthy Soils Sustain Your Life: Let’s Go Land-degradation Neutral.”
BSWM takes the lead in fulfilling the country’s obligation to the UNCCD, Tejada said, and this year, the bureau has been selected as chairman of the subcommittees on land and water under the committee on conservation and Management Resource and Development (CCMRD) of the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD).
The sub-committees will serve as venues for consultation to put together country position, to discuss technical and policy issues on land and water, and to prepare national country reports.
Both subcommittees as reorganized will be comprised of 25 core member- institutions/organizations that will attend the regular meeting and 30 expanded members who will be on call depending on the issues and agenda that will be discussed. (Marvyn N. Benaning)