Manila, Jan. 10 -- The mayor of Banaue, Ifugao wants concerned agencies to map out a plan that will make traditional farmers of its famous rice terraces more productive, provide a performance-based grant not just to preserve the UNESCO Heritage Site but also enhance its environment.

In an interview on Thursday, Banaue Mayor Wes Dulawan said farmers rather depend on the dole out from the various government agencies assisting them than improve on production.

He suggested that performance-based grants will make farmers preserve the stonewall and provide irrigation on the rice paddies which have been their source of livelihood for generations.

"So that farmers could continue the rice cycle," he said, adding that farmers are late in their pla...