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Ifugao Cultural Office trains OSYs on stonewalling

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Banaue, Ifugao (20 November) -- In order to preserve the cultural practices particularly the indigenous Knowledge on structural design on stone walling by transmitting the knowledge to the younger generation, the Ifugao Cultural Heritage Office (ICHO) conducted recently a training at Barangay Kinakin here.

Participated by out of school youths and young married farmers who are engaged into farming, the trainors are old folks who had been doing stonewalling for a long time.

Renato Patacsil, the Project Coordinator of ICHO hopes that with the skill transfer program, there will be more skilled and concerned stonewallers who will soon restore the collapsed walls. He said the barangay has many neglected terraces and garden within the ricefield.

The training was funded under the 20% development fund of the province.

Patascsil said that the project is proven good based on experience during the pilot training. The only setback is that the funds is inadequate to accommodate more trainees.

In 2008, ICHO successfully piloted the stone-wall skill transfer in two barangays in Hungduan town with 19 OSYs trained by five elders.

The ICHO also conducted stone-wall skill transfer in barangays Bocos and Viewpoint of Banaue with 33 OSYs and six elders as mentors in the project selected sites. "The skill training was a great experience on the part of the OSY and their mentors because it provided them the venue to learn and appreciate the value of our culture," Patacsil said.

On the part of the mentors, they are happy for the opportunity to pass to the younger generation their skills in stonewalling. Patacsil said the training gave the trainors a happy feeling that even if they pass away, they will not worry if the rice terraces will be abandoned due to lack of skilled young generation who will restore the beauty of the rice terraces. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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