[27 July 2022]

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) condoles with the loss of life in the areas affected by the strong earthquake in Northern Luzon. We fully support the national and local government’s priority in saving human life and rendering assistance to families and communities in need. The NHCP, in collaboration with the local government units and cultural property owners, expresses its commitment to help rehabilitate the damaged historic sites and structures, many of them have been part of the life of the people for centuries. Most of these structures have been declared National Historical Landmarks and Important Cultural Properties, which are protected by the Heritage Law. For the time being, we will give way to government agencies conducting relief operations, and addressing the basic needs of the people. We enjoin our local partners to safeguard the artifacts, retrieve important parts of the structure necessary for the restoration, and provide NHCP with necessary documentations of the destroyed structures and the retrieved parts.

The NHCP will join the Board of Commissioners’ Meeting of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) tomorrow, 28 July 2022, to discuss the action plan of the cultural agencies and its affiliates in the restoration and rebuilding plans of these heritage properties.

 

Dr. Rene R. Escalante
Chairman