While cultural traditions seem to dwindle in practice as years pass by, the ‘ob-obbo’ of Agasil Irrigators’ Association in Brgy. Gonogon, Bontoc, Mountain Province beg to differ.
Even before development came in, farmers were maintaining and operating their irrigation systems the ‘ob-obbo’ way, a cultural practice that has its root in the traditional system of the Igorots in Mountain Province, which was passed on from ancient generation up to the present. The ‘ob-obbo’ is a cooperative work with no expected money in return. All water users are obliged to join in the clearing and restoration activities without complain. They bring their own packed lunch... read more