The Bureau of Soils and Water Management, as the mandated agency for the conduct of inventory, characterization and evaluation of land resources for the country, have generated a wealth of information through extensive technical reports together with ground-validated and self-explanatory maps. The entire land resources survey to produce these individual land factor maps took about 15 years of fieldwork, validation and consultations with stakeholders, local executives, and other government agencies concerned with the rational utilization of our land resources. This spatial database (maps) aims to provide baseline information that may be valuable for planning purposes including potential agricultural development and strategic prioritization of commodities consistent with national food security programs and climate change adaptations.
These maps, namely soils/physiography, land management unit, slope, erosion, and land use and vegetation has been made available upon requests to clients in analog format. However, through the grant of a generous funding support from the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (WB-GFDRR) and in collaboration with the IT infrastructure assistance from the Department of Agriculture Information Technology Center for Agriculture and Fisheries (DA-ITCAF), conversion and rendering of these important analog land resources maps into a geodatabase-ready information have been realized. These datasets are now made accessible for download free-of-charge via this DA-ITCAF server.