Research delivers preservation of Mayoyao native house

Mr. Jeremy Gawongna ( third from left) before the members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Mayoyao during the presentation of his Research work.

Mr. Jeremy Gawongna ( third from left) before the members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Mayoyao during the presentation of his Research work.

The Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Project (ISMTP) has spawned another good thing to celebrate in the Ifugao cultural heritage with the passage of a resolution supporting the preservation of the Mayoyao Native House.

Resolution 22 series of 2017 of the Sangguniang Bayan of Mayoyao has adopted the recommendation to execute the Homestay Program that specifically spinned off from the research of Mr. Jeremy M. Gawongna under the ISMTP.

The Homestay Program as proposed in Gawongna’s research titled “Local Perceptions on the Importance of Indigenous Native Houses in Mayoyao and Modifications in the Structure” is considered as an “intervention to conserve the indigenous native houses,” the resolution says.

That instead, per the resolution, of the residents viewing it as a commodity, “the local people will be empowered to make them (native houses) profitable through human capacity building programs of the Philippine Government, line agencies and non-government organizations here and abroad.”

The adoption of the resolution is also aligned to the municipality’s vision on eco-tourism and cultural heritage preservation.

The Homestay Program is seen to aid in the preservation of the uniqueness of the Mayoyao Native House which accordingly has enamored many not only of its construction but it also tells of the “resourcefulness and hardworking character of forefathers.”

The ISMTP implemented by Kanazawa University, University of the Philippines-Open University (UP-OU), Ifugao State University (IFSU) along with the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Mayoyao, Hungduan, Banaue and Kiangan has ended its First Phase with 51 graduates from the heritage areas of the said LGUs.

The ISMTP is a human capacity building program that hopes to strengthen the involvement of locals in the conservation of the Ifugao Rice Terraces system.
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by: Jill B Saquing
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