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Privilege Speech of Senator Cynthia Villar; International Year of the Soils "Save our Soils (He

The United Nations General Assembly, through the Food and Agriculture Organization or FAO, declared 2015 as ‘International Year of Soils to raise awareness of the importance of soils for food security and essential eco-system functions.

Locally, the Department of Agriculture, through the Bureau of Soils and Water Management, is leading the Philippine’s participation under the national ‘Save our Soils’ campaign. It encourages all stakeholders to take an active role in soil conservation and management.

Napakaimportante sa atin na maging aktibo tayo sa implementation ng campaigns during the International Year of Soils, lalong lalo na at ang Pilipinas ay isang agricultural country. We depend largely on soils for our produce or crops. The Philippines has 9.7 million hectares of agricultural land and two-thirds of our population is involved in farming in those lands.