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Funds sought for rehab of Ifugao rice terraces

MANILA, Philippines – The devastation brought by typhoons “Pedring” and “Quiel” in September caused massive damages to the Ifugao Rice Terraces, prompting a lawmaker to seek help from donors in the rehabilitation of the rice terraces.

Lone district of Ifugao Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat on Tuesday called on the international donor community for help because funds are needed to restore large portions of the rice terraces in Banaue, which collapsed at the height of the back-to-back typhoons.

“We need all the help that we can get to restore the rice terraces that are not just part of the Ifugao way of life and identity but are also a source of livelihood for the people,” he said in a press statement.

Banaue suffered the biggest damage from the typhoons in the province, according to the latest disaster report.

A state of calamity was also declared in Ifugao, after the storms caused millions of pesos in damage in the province’s infrastructure.

Aside from renewing tourism at the Ifugao Rice Terraces, which was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Baguilat said the need to restore the terraces is urgent because of its importance to the livelihood of Ifugao residents.

Because the terraces serve as a giant water purifier and help minimize soil erosion, restoring them would also help prevent the further siltation of the Magat Dam.

“Magat dam has become heavily silted and easily overflows during continuous rains during the stores. Rehabilitating the rice terraces will minimize siltation due to soil erosion,” said Baguilat.

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