Youths’ Perceptions of and Attitudes Towards the Ifugao Rice Terraces

Josefina T Dizon, Margaret M Calderon, Asa Jose U Sajise, Rogelio T Andrada II, Myranel G Salvador
Vol 15 No 1 (2012), pp. 52-58




A survey of 100 students was conducted among third and fourth year high school students in the UNESCO heritage municipalities of Banaue, Mayoyao, Hungduan, and Kiangan, Ifugao. It aimed to look into the perceptions and attitudes of young people towards the Ifugao Rice Terraces, determine the relationship between the students’ perceptions of, and attitudes towards the Ifugao Rice Terraces and their plan to engage in agriculture in the future, and recommend strategies to enhance the involvement of the youth in the management and conservation of the Ifugao Rice Terraces. The survey reveals that only about one-fourth of the students will likely be involved in agriculture or in farming in the future, and the majority will engage in non-agriculture occupations.

Three categorical variables were signifi cantly associated with the students’ choice of future occupation, namely, sex, ethnic group, and school. Income and academic standing have a negative correlation, while age was directly correlated with desired occupation in the future. Although on the average the students have favorable perceptions of, and attitudes towards the rice terraces, the very small number of students interested with agriculture may threaten the existence of the terraces. Thus, it is recommended that the values of the terraces should be integrated into the public and private elementary and high school curricula; the students should be involved in various terrace farming activities as part of their practical arts or agriculture subjects; and the students should be provided with incentives such as scholarships and jobs to rekindle their interest in agriculture- and forestry- related courses.


Keywords: attitude, Ifugao Rice Terraces, Youth, perception

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