Ifugao Satoyama Meister Trainees present research projects in Japan

Trainees under the Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP) presented their research projects at the Kanzawa University Noto School Building in Suzu City, Ishikawa, Japan during the Workshop with Noto Satoyama Meister staff, alumni and trainees on October 25, 2018.

Stephanie S. Ayahao, an ISMTP trainee from the municipality of Kiangan, Ifugao, one of the four Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) Site in Ifugao shared her Satoyama Project on Ikat Weaving during the workshop.

Ms. Ayahao believes that through her weaving project, she can contribute in the revitalization of the traditional weaving industry in her community as an approach in passing the traditional weaving practices while responsive to the contemporary designs.

On the other hand, Arky Raplh T. Dulnuan presented his butterfly project in Banaue, Ifugao. As an ISMTP trainee, he intends to use his Satoyama Project to start a butterfly sanctuary and as the same time an enterprise for his family. As an insect collector, Dulnuan attributed his interest in butterflies as one of the most beautiful insects in the rice terraces and their implications in the biodiversity of the rice terraces.

Another project presented during the workshop was on the contextualization in the teaching of arts for elementary pupils as a powerful medium in the transmission of culture and the conservation of the rice terraces. Judy Baggo, an ISMTP trainee from Hungduan, Ifugao believes that the project would contribute to increase the understanding of children about the culture and traditions about the rice terraces.

Other ISMTP projects include the use of hydroponics in the rice terraces; occupational health study on rice terraces farmers; ethno-medicinal plants in the rice terraces communities; blacksmithing; agro-tourism; kabir chickens; and early indigenous warning devices.

ISMTP is now on its second phase is a capacity building funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency implemented by the Ifugao GIAHS Support Committee in Ishikawa Prefecture in collaboration with the Ifugao State University, University of the Philippines-Open University and the Ifugao Provincial Government.

The project aims to develop the technical and leadership skills of the Ifugao Rice Terraces (IRT) stakeholders to sustain the IRT landscape through relevant trainings.
As a partner and implementer of the project, the Ifugao State University (IFSU) supports and encourages more research projects from the trainees to contribute in the conservation of the IRT as UNESCO World Heritage and GIAHS Sites.#