UN rules on rice terraces hamper Ifugao growth, says gov
BAGUIO CITY—The rice terraces in Ifugao province have been hailed as a World Heritage Site, but regulations imposed to protect them have gotten in the way of improving people’s lives, the province’s top official said.
The rice terraces in the villages of Batad and Bangaan in the capital town of Banaue, Mayoyao in Mayoyao town, Nagacadan in Kiangan town and Hapao in Hungduan town have been inscribed as internationally protected areas by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).
But Unesco has prescribed restrictions on how the terraces and the communities these serve are to be treated, Ifugao Gov. Denis Habawel said.
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