Satoyama Phase I ends, 3rd batch graduates

IFSU Main Campus- The Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP) held its 3rd Graduation Ceremony and Phase-1 Culmination Program on January 26, 2017 at the IFSU Review Center.

Atleast 16 locals graduated under the ISMTP who composed the 3rd batch of trainees. The graduates were from the heritage areas: seven from Banaue, five from Hungduan, three from Mayoyao and one from Kiangan.

The ISTMP is a capacity building project to help build the capacity of Ifugaos in the conservation of Ifugao Rice Terraces (IRT). It is a collaborative undertaking of the Ifugao State University (IFSU), Kanazawa University of Japan, University of the Philippines- Open University, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Provincial and Municipal Local Government Units in the Province of Ifugao.

The program aimed to train and empower locals by providing them essential knowledge and expertise in managing and addressing factors affecting the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) sites in the Philippines specifically Ifugao Rice Terraces (IRT).

The program run for three years after it was launched on March 25, 2014 at IFSU, Lamut Campus and has officially ended on January 31, 2017.

The ISTMP has a total of 51 graduates: 14 graduates for the first batch, 21 for the second batch and 16 for the third batch.

Atty. Alberto Pawingi, Provincial Administrator and former Provincial Governor represented and  spoke in behalf of Hon. Pedro G. Mayam-o, Ifugao Provincial Governor.

Atty. Pawingi acknowledged and thanked the partner agencies for their support through the ISTMP which aided in the improvement of the heritage sites in the province.

To the graduates, Atty. Pawingi encouraged them to maximize their knowledge and skills for the betterment of the community.

“You can be of a service to our people; the province needs your skills and expertise and I hope that you are always willing to extend your help regardless of the amount or salary that will be given to you,” Atty. Pawingi told to the graduates.

On the other hand, Dr. Nancy Ann P. Gonzales, IFSU Vice President for Academic Affairs congratulated the graduates and challenged them to put into practice what they learned from the program.