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Save PHL’s Eighth Wonder of the World–Ifugao Rice Terraces

MANILA, April 6 (PIA) — The Ifugao Rice Terraces is dubbed as the Eighth Wonder of the World and inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1995 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

It was however included in the 1999 World Monument Watch’s list of 100 most endangered sites and the 2001 UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger due to its deterioration.

The Philippine Rice Research Institute discovered that worms were damaging the roots produced by germinated rice seeds and eroding the terraces by digging out their walls.

Rats were also eating the rice flower heads that contributed to the terraces’ erosion with their burrowing.

According to UNESCO, the degradation of the Ifugao Rice Terraces is the result of the absence of the necessary monitoring mechanism and management plan to preserve and ensure the sustainable development of the national landmark.

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities concerned with reports on the rapid deterioration of the Ifugao Rice Terraces urged the Ifugao Cultural Heritage Office to conduct an inquiry on the continuous degradation of the site.

Legarda also called on other concerned government agencies to ensure that various efforts are in place to save it from total degradation.
“We have to immediately address the growing concerns over the many issues surrounding the worsening state of the rice terraces in order to determine the remedial measures that must be introduced to ensure that this national treasure is protected,” Legarda said. (PIA-7/Minerva BC Newman with reports from the Office of Senator Legarda)

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