The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

UP Open University (recommended by overseas office)

Youth Capacity Building and Exchange Program toward Sustainable Development and Conservation of Ifugao Rice Terraces

Activity grant

Project Description

This project is being proposed in recognition of the need to continue to address the extensive problems that still confront the IRT such as terrace erosion, unregulated tourism activities, loss of indigenous knowledge, and out-migration of young Ifugaos which result to the lack of succession in the farming of IRT. This project will conduct capacity building program by developing comprehensive training modules, train the on-site trainors from Ifugao. This will aslo mplement youth capacity-building programmes in areas relevant to sustainable development of the rich cultural and environmental heritage, IRT, their interlinkages and cross-cutting issues, in coordination with the local government (Ifugao LGU) and institution like IFSU and other sectors. [No. K16-0704]

Ecosystems and the Symbiotic Society
Grant year
FY2016 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years
From October 2016 to September 2018
Grant amount
Php 4,999,500
Activity region
Philippines Los Banos, Laguna & Ifugao (Ifugao sites: Banaue, Kiangan, Hungduan and Mayoyao)
The project collaborators from Los Baños, Manila, and Ifugao during the project launch, January 2016.

Overview of the Organization

Representative: Serrano Joane
Chancellor: Bandalaria Melinda
University of the Philippines Open University was established to provide quality higher education opportunities to individuals aspiring for higher education and improved qualifications but are unable to take advantage of traditional modes of education because of personal and professional obligations.
Recent Activities
  • UPOU Releases MOOC Policies, Principles and Guidelines
  • FMDS Conducts Round Table Discussion on Sustainability Perspectives
  • UPOU Chancellor represents Philippines in ASEM MOOCs Stakeholders Meeting in Korea
  • Open and Distance eLearning Certification MOOCS now open for HEI Faculty and Staff
  • UPOU holds second Roundtable Discussion on Assessment
  • UPOU Professor shares Research on OER and OEP as Keynote Panelist in Cape Town Conference
  • UPOU opens Art Exhibit to culminate Women's Month Celebration
  • UPOU Faculty and Staff attended the OE Global Conference 2017
  • UP Open University Celebrates Open Education Week
  • UPOU conducts forum to Celebrate World Social Work Day and International Women's Month
  • UPOU Faculty Presents Paper in World Wood Day Celebration in USA
  • Chancellor Bandalaria shares ASIAN MOOCs at the 1st Asia-Pacific MOOCs Stakeholders Summit
Number of Full-time employees: 176
WEB site
Voice of Representative
The project will empower the youth of Ifugao with both the knowledge and leadership capability to sustain the IRT landscape. It will allow them to learn about Ifugao culture and respect their way of life, to learn from each other to promote a holistic view of rural and urban linkages and to appreciate the interconnectedness of these systems which hopefully will result to decrease in rural to urban migration as well as stimulate economic development, strengthen food security and preserving the rich cultural and environmental heritage of the Ifugaos.