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Ifugao Heritage Office proposes P10M project to rehabilitate rice terraces

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (1 December) — The provincial government here proposed a P10M conservation program for the Ifugao Rice Terraces World Heritage sites.

Renato Patacsil, Project Coordinator of the Ifugao Cutural Heritage Office (ICHO) said the amount will cover the restoration of the damaged and abandoned rice terraces which will eventually maximize rice production of the terraces owners and optimize the function of the Ifugao Rice terraces.

The said amount is also intended to fund activities to impart to the rice terraces owners the economic value and sense of belongingness and restore the dignity of the Ifugao Rice Terraces (IRT) as they are the prime stakeholders. It will be used to rehabilitate and make operational the Communal Irrigation System (CIS) and to restore the universal value as well as the heritage value of the rice terraces; strengthen partnership of the local government units and terraces farming communities in the implementation of the IRT conservation plan and management of the watershed area that includes protection, planting and enhancement that contributes and minimize the practice of small scale illegal logging and slashed and burn in the watershed area.

The conservation program also aims to deepen the appreciation of the local people of the universal value of the Ifugao rice terraces and to encourage massive participation in the implementation of the project.

“Furthermore, we hope that through the efforts of all stakeholders such as the Local Government Units and the farmers, the terraces will be delisted from the list of endangered world heritage sites,” Patacsil said.

Patacsil said that ICHO is expected to restore 5,384 cubic meters of eroded stonewalls in the municipalities of Banaue, Kiangan, Hungduan and Mayoyao, considered as the four heritage sites; rehabilitate and make functional six CIS supplying water to approximately 110 hectares in said heritage sites and enhance and protect100 hectares of woodlots. (PIA-Ifugao)

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