As the primary government agency responsible for the promotion of Philippine history, the NHCP has the following functions:

  • Commemorate significant historical events and declare historically significant sites, structures, events and personages.
  • Conduct research, produce materials in various media and publish and disseminate historical works.
  • Undertake and prescribe the manner of restoration, conservation, and protection of the country‚Äôs historical movable and immovable objects.
  • Manage, maintain and administer national shrines, monuments, historical sites, edifices and landmarks of significant historic-cultural value.
  • Regulate the design and manufacture of heraldic items of government agencies, pursuant to Republic Act 8491 (Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines).
  • Resolve historical controversies or issues.