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Philippine mapping agency surveys heritage sites

Lagawe, Philippines: The National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) of Philippines scheduled mapping surveys of heritage sites in Ifugao, according to Renato Patacsil, the project coordinator of the Ifugao Cultural Heritage Office (ICHO). The four heritage sites in the province are Banaue, Hungduan, Kaingan, and Mayoyao.
Patacsil said that the survey team will start in Kiangan covering the barangays of Julongan and Nagacadan to identify the buffer zone including the forests or “Muyung” which is a part in the maintenance of the rice terraces that should be protected as source of irrigation.
Hungduan is the largest inscribed site in the province as it covers the whole municipality; Patacsil said that the other three municpalities have selected barangays only.
The total amount of the said project is PHP 997,000 (PHP: Philippine peso) pooled from various stakeholders. The Office of Congressman Teddy Baguilat Jr. allotted PHP 500,000; UNESCO – PHP 200,000; National Commission on Culture and the Arts – PHP 100,000; Department of Tourism – PHP 150,000; and the provincial local government unit – PHP 80,000.
Patacsil said that this is one of the requirements of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in order to delist the rice terraces from its danger status.
Source: PIA