Phil-Japan experts, trainees on Ifugao Rice Terraces Project meet

Member agencies and other stakeholders of the Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP) convened today in the 4th Republic of the Philippines – Japan Forum on ISMTP at the Heritage Convention Hall, Ifugao State University (IFSU), Lamut, Ifugao.

The two-day activity (January 18-19,2018) which incorporates the Research-Project Progress Presentation of the stakeholders aims to bare the development of the project as well as draw insights from activities undertaken as well future activities.

Dr. Serafin L.Ngohayon, now the hold over President of IFSU, after his 2nd term ended last December 13, 2017, expressed his joy over the significance and the lingering momentum of the project to sustain development of communities in the Ifugao Rice Terraces (IRT).

“The ISMTP is a human capacity building project being implemented by the collaborative efforts of IFSU and the Ifugao GIAHS Sustainable Development Committee-Ifugao, Philippines and the Ifugao GIAHS Support Committee – Japan. Partner agencies are University of the Philippines-Open University and the Provincial Government of Ifugao.

“ISMTP adopted the human capacity building framework of the Satoyama Satoumi Initiative being implemented in the GIAHS site of Noto, Japan.

Dr. Ngohayon informed the attendees of IFSU’s relentless commitment to the project, thus, IFSU GIAHS R and D Center was made part of the IFSU organizational structure with Dr. Marissa Bulong as the Director.

The ISMTP headquarters is at IFSU-Lamut Campus.

Support messages were delivered by counterpart Japan invoking the unwavering collaboration of the Phil-Japan.

Professor Koji Nakamura, JICA Technical Cooperation for Grassroots Project and Executive Director, ISMTP -Phase II was no less than pleased of the progress as he presented a comprehensive report of ISMTP from launching to its implementation and its future development.

# Jill B. Saquing

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