Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program holds 2nd graduation ceremony

By: Jeremy M. Gawongna

Ifugao Satoyama Graduation 2016 1bTwenty-one stakeholders of Ifugao’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites identified as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) completed their training under the Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP) on its second year of implementation that culminated with a graduation ceremony on March 15, 2016 at Ilob Village Inn, Bocos, Banaue, Ifugao.

Purpose of the program is to empower the stakeholders by providing them the expertise as entrepreneurs, a strategy to address outward migration which is one of the factors contributory to the abandonment of the heritage sites. This is a collective effort to promote sustainable development in GIAHS sites.

The program is a partnership undertaking of the Ifugao State University (IFSU), Kanazawa University, University of the Philippines – Open University (UP-OU), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Provincial and Municipal Local Government Units.