SDM Project: Contextualization of the Instructional Materials for the Training of Youths toward Conservation of Ifugao Rice Terraces as a Satoyama Landscape



University of the Philippines Open University / Philippines


Ifugao State University, Kanazawa University, Ifugao Provincial Government, Ifugao Municipal Local Government Units (Banaue, Hungduan, Kiangan and Mayoyao), Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement (SITMo)








instructional materials, Ifugao Rice Terraces, sustainable development, conservation, youth training


Joane V. Serrano, PhD

Associate Professor

Faculty of Management and Development Studies


Information Office


Summary Sheet

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Over the past ten years there have been many efforts on the part of the local government, non-government organizations, academe, and the private sector to conserve and preserve the Ifugao Rice Terraces. Since Ifugao has its unique cultural context as an indigenous community, project initiatives should be contextualized to the local culture in order to maximize their effectiveness. One way of doing this is by making use of the native languages in developing instructional materials. These instructional materials/modules aimed to provide Ifugao communities with updated information on Ifugao Rice Terraces as a Satoyama landscape, its biodiversity status, ecosystem services and importance of the Ifugao culture and heritage. And through this project, the instructional materials/modules were translated into Ifugao native languages: Tuwali and Ayangan. Using the local language leads to better understanding and appreciation of a subject matter than another learned language. In addition, the project was able to: validate content of the instructional materials to the elders and youths of the Ifugao villages; contextualize through translation the instructional materials to the local languages of Tuwali and Ayangan; and share, conduct and evaluate the translated instructional materials to Ifugao community members. This project is in line with the first strategic objective of IPSI which is to “increase knowledge and understanding of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes that are addressed by the Satoyama Initiative”. The project also addresses the sustainable development goals on climate change (13), sustainable seascapes (14), and ecosystems and biodiversity (15). Through collaboration and commitment, the project was able to achieve its goal of consolidating translated instructional materials that will facilitate information dissemination about the Ifugao Rice Terraces as a Satoyama landscape to the community stakeholders.

Validation and evaluation workshop with translators (January 2019)

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