BAGUIO CITY (December 6, 2018) —  State-run Ifugao State University
in partnership with the Kalinga State University are helping Ifugao
villages against the darn effects of landslides.
With the recent natural disasters that brought destruction to lives,
properties and livelihood in the Cordillera Region, IFSU through its
Extension and Training Department is stepping up its capacity
trainings and activities to strengthen the capacity of local
communities to adapt and mitigate the impacts of natural disasters.
The Ifugao Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office said
that the province is ranked 3rd among the top 10 provinces in the
Philippines at risk to all combined climate and weather related
disasters; one of which is rain-induced landslide.
The report added that majority of the towns in Ifugao are identified
as susceptible to landslide.
With this, IFSU through its Extension and Trainings Department
partnership with the KSU collaborated on a project to help
disaster-prone communities through — The Project Reducing Disaster
Caused by Rain-Induced Landslide: Training for Communities and
Non-Experts—that aims to train barangay officials and community
leaders and evaluate land slide susceptibility of their communities
using the developed tool for non-experts to guide them in crafting
policies and ordinances as well as programs related to Disaster Risk
Reduction Management.
The areas to be covered are four barangays of Banaue:  Poitan; Gohang;
Amganad and Batad; and Pitawan in Hingyon town.
The first training was conducted in Poitan, Banaue, Ifugao on November
19-20, 2018 joined by twenty-nine participants.  The same training
followed in Gohang, Banaue on November 26-27, 2018 attended by
twenty-seven participants.
A trainee from Banaue said, “It very helpful for us to determine the
areas/sites that are susceptible by using the folding paper technique
and the simple evaluation tool to compute the susceptibility. Now that
we know that our area is really susceptible to landslide, we will take
some actions. We will ask the Banaue Local Government Unit to fund a
riprap project to at least control the impacts when a landslide may
occur.”
“I am not an engineer but the method and formula helped us detect the
landslide-prone areas. The training should also be open to all like
our relatives and community members,” said another trainee.
IFSU hopes that the capacity trainings will be replicated in other
communities of Ifugao to capacitate local people to lessen the damage
and loss of lives, properties and livelihood.
IFSU recently created its Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee
and Environmental Department to formulate and consolidate programs
responsive to the needs of the institution and Ifugao communities.
***Artemio A. Dumlao***