Maraming salamat sa Bureau of Soils & Water Management (BSWM) sa imbitasyon upang ako ay maging bahagi ng inyong 67th Anniversary. Happy Anniversary sa lahat ng bumubuo ng bureau, ang lahat ng mga empleyado sa buong bansa.
Then and now, the importance of BSWM’s role in the development of our country and our very own survival as people, has not diminished. In fact, lalo pa kayong naging importante dahil sa mga environmental challenges that confront our two vital resources, which are soil and water.
Your role is crucial for agriculture alone, considering that you are under the Department of Agriculture, but as I cited earlier to the whole country and all the people. Dahil ngayon ay konektado na ang lahat. When soil and water for agriculture is affected, it will also have a so-called chain reaction and will also affect many other sectors and ultimately the lives of the people.
Yes, the main mandate of BSWM is to formulate measures and guidelines for the effective utilization of soils and water as agricultural resources to attain food security and safety, environmental stability to address environmental concerns such as land degradation, climate change, and agricultural biodiversity conservation. But failure in fulfilling your mandate will affect not only the agriculture sector.
Thankfully, true to its mandate, the BSWM has been on track in ensuring the sustainability of our soil and water resources to first and foremost make sure that there will be enough for crops production so that we have food on our table.
As we all know, soil is very important in attaining maximum crop productivity and water is equally important, as it provides irrigation to our farmlands. Sa irrigation, wala na halos problema ang ating mga magsasaka dahil batas na ang free irrigation, for the first time in our country’s history.
I know that BSWM is also involved in the implementation of small scale irrigation projects through the technical assistance they extend to small water irrigation systems association (SWISA) in all regions. It is really a big help in areas not served by large scale irrigation systems.
For your anniversary, I know you will roll out more projects and programs, so we have high expectations about them. Personally, I hope they will really address environmental concerns particularly regarding climate change, since the farmers are among the most adversely affected by it.
Natutuwa rin ako na tuloy-tuloy ang inyong pag-distribute ng mga composting facility for biodegradable wastes (CFBW), as you know, talagang pino-promote ko ang composting kahit saan ako magpunta. At partner rin tayo sa pagbibigay sa Boracay ng mga composting facility, dahil nakita ko na maraming food wastes doon na nakakadagdag sa basura, eh pwede naman i-compost.
You, more than anyone else, know how composting help restore soil healt and biodiversity, kaya importante ito. Tamang-tama rin dahil ngayong June ay “Soil Conservation Month”, and the theme is “Conserve and value our soil. Keep it productive”. Composting is the best to value, conserve and keep our soil productive.
At ngayong araw, I learned, na magti-turnover din kayo ng wind, solar and ram pumps, maganda rin iyan dahil mga alternative sources of energy and water ang mga iyan at environment friendly. Ang mismong farm namin ay may mga ganyan facilities. So, I hope, i-promote nyo pa ang paggamit ng mga facilities na mga iyan.
As I said earlier, BSWM is on the right track. Just keep on coming up with innovative and responsive programs and projects as well as services and facilities. Kapag ginagawa ninyo iyan, then you are doing your job. Of course, importante ang sustainable implementation ng mga ito. Tututukan nyo rin dapat para huwag masayang ang efforts ninyo at resources ng ating gobyerno. Para naman, katulad ng sinasabi ng anniversary theme ninyo, “Masaganang Bukas ay Makamtan Natin”.
On that note, let me congratulate again ang lahat ng bumbuo sa BSWM, happy 67th anniversary! Rest assured of my continued support of your efforts towards the effective and efficient use of soil and water resources in the country. Maraming salamat at mabuhay ang Bureau of Soil and Water Management!