Ifugao town holds ‘Boge ad Viewpoint’

BANAUE, Ifugao, Feb. 12 (PIA) -- About a hundred individuals from government and non-government organizations joined the ceremonial “Boge ad Viewpoint” (rice planting) held at the Aguian view deck at barangay Viewpoint.


The annual event that signals the start of planting season in this municipality is organized by the local government unit of Banaue, and barangay Viewpoint in collaboration with Universal Harvester Inc. (UHI) and rice terraces restoration volunteers in the community.

Mayor Jerry Dalipog explained that the Boge ad Viewpoint is part of the many endeavors that the LGU is conducting to promote the tourism industry of the municipality and for the restoration of the Banaue Rice Terraces (BRT).

“It was started many years ago with the municipal government as the financing institution only, however when it was promoted through the quad media, it gained support from various stakeholders like the Universal Harvester Inc,” the mayor informed.

Dalipog shared that in 2017, the UHI through its Executive Vice President Dr. Milagros Ong-How supported the conduct of said event and provided an initial funding of P3 million through a project proposal for BRT restoration.

He also informed that through the help of other government agencies and personalities, a total of P200 million was allocated in the General Appropriation Act to fund the restoration of the BRT to be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Agriculture and Department of Tourism.

 Meanwhile, retired BGeneral Ramon Yogyog, UHI coordinator, lauded all the participants of the Boge ad Viewpoint, especially the uniformed personnel assigned in the province.

“Uniformed personnel brought in discipline and community relations in the province. Army soldiers are not only for battle but you acted as teachers, social workers, disaster responders during calamities. Likewise, the personnel of the Philippine National Police who are visibly working in the community and that is a big transformation in the security service,” Yogyog stressed.

He reiterated UHI’s willingness to partner with the community for the restoration of the rice terraces in the province especially in Banaue and urged everyone to support by joining the bandwagon of Rice Terraces Restoration volunteers.

“We, the elders, must find ways to encourage the younger generation to join us in restoring our heritage sites and a formula that will balance not only the business stakeholders but also the farm owners who will gain from the support and improvements that are forthcoming,” Yogyog said. Marcelo B. Lihgawon(JDP/MBL-PIA CAR, Ifugao)


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