Our very own UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Banaue Rice Terraces located deep in the province of Ifugao, is starting to lose its luster, a local official said.
According to Banaue Mayor Jerry Dalipog, this is mostly due to the concrete structures built on the terraces, which cause the surrounding parches of land to dry up, GMA News Online reports.
“It continues to deteriorate... The local government wants a rehab, but due to funding, our 20 percent development fund of the local government units is limited,” he said.
Apparently, another reason causing the site’s poor state was partly due to relocating locals that leave no one to tend to various areas of the terraces.
Dalipog said they’ve always wanted to rehabilitate and restore the beauty of the cultural landscape and are looking for other means to work around their budget woes.
For now, the local government will begin a restoration project with the help of the Philippine Army.
The Banaue Rice Terraces, considered by some as the 8th Wonder of the World, are over 2,000 years old and was created by the Ifugao’s ancestors. More importantly, it is a vital part of the Philippines’ history and unique identity.
Check out this breathtaking footage taken by a drone back in 2013: