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Santo Tomas Farms

Integrated Projects Planned for Santo Tomas, Naguilian Farms

Long Term and Integrated Projects. The schematic map above presents a summary of the major EcoCulture projects planned for the Santo Tomas, Naguilian Farms. Some have already been initiated since last year, other s more recently.  Others will require further study and need more funding to initiate.

The focus here are the major infrastructures planned. What cannot be presented in this schematic map are the more complex EcoCulture projects, such as creating biodiverse and ecodiverse systems to create more sustainable and stable EcoCulture systems.

Read more: Integrated Projects Planned for Santo Tomas, Naguilian Farms

Systematic placement of the proposed water sequestration ponds in the Santo Tomas Farms

Comprehensive proposal for the proposed number and locations of the water sequestration ponds
Fig. 01. Comprehensive proposal for the proposed number and locations of the water sequestration ponds in the 10.8-hectare Santo Tomas Farms

 Summary: The distributed locations of the ponds considered the complex terrains of the area, consisting of low lands, gentle rolling hills, high and flat hill top, existing local canal system, forested areas, rice fields, cornfields, etc; and, biodiverse vegetation already existing in the area.

 This EcoCulture project aims to collect as much rainwater during the monsoon season to provide as much water that is more scarce during the long dry season, and especially during severe drought during the occurrence of El Nino.

Read more: Systematic placement of the proposed water sequestration ponds in the Santo Tomas Farms

Santo Tomas, Naguilian, Checkered DENR Map for Geolocation Tagging

There are now more than a thousand images for the Santo Tomas Farms EcoCulture projects alone. And there will be more photos, as more EcoCulture projects start and the observations documented,  Proper geolocation tagging would improve the utility of the images. This data will be used by the Design and Engineering Team as well as the Research Team for experimental design and documentation of studies.

Cropped DENR Map of Santo Tomas, Naguilian with Checker Grids
Fig. 01. Cropped DENR Map of Santo Tomas, Naguilian with Checker Grids

Read more: Santo Tomas, Naguilian, Checkered DENR Map for Geolocation Tagging

Preliminary Assessment of the Banks of Mallig Creek


Fig. 01.  Light and deep violet swaths indicate existing land collapse or potential soil erosion due to lack of ground cover and steep areas along the creek banks. Light green indicates the presence of vegetation but may not  be sufficient to prevent soil erosion or land collapse.

The water in Mallig Creek is brown in color.  This indicates significant bank erosion and soil erosion in areas that empty their rainwater into the creek. We have undertaken preliminary survey of the extent of potential soil erosion and land collapse in the Santo Tomas farms slated for our EcoCulture projects. This assessment will be used to design remediation approaches to avert further erosion in the Santo Tomas farms.

Our goal is to design EcoCulture techniques including the use of pioneer plants that will aid to create the environment that will pave the ground for more stable succession to mature and biodiverse ecosystem.

Read more: Preliminary Assessment of the Banks of Mallig Creek

Recording "deforestation" and soil erosion

Santo Tomas, Naguilian
[20140501: Santo Tomas, Naguilian]

When I was young, there once was in the village of Baculud, Ilagan, Isabela, a flat land just before the steep riverbank. Vast enough to serve as an afternoon promenade just before sundown -- when there was a cool breeze triggered by the temperature difference of the river and the land. The children flew kites, launched paper airplanes or run around with whirling paper propellers;   while the elders watching the young converse about local happenings, national and world events.

Read more: Recording "deforestation" and soil erosion