Agency allots P650M to restore churches-A A +A
Monday, May 19, 2014
THE National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has allotted P650 million for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of about 30 churches and heritage sites in Bohol and Cebu, which were damaged by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Oct. 15, 2013.
The NHCP project includes the Basilica del Sto. Niño, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Fort San Pedro, Magellan’s Cross and Museo Sugbo.
NHCP chairperson Maria Serena Diokno said the project will have three phases: pre-restoration that will include an assessment of the damage on the structures; development of a master restoration plan; and actual restoration.
The pre-restoration phase will involve a detailed engineering study on the structure and the site. It will also look into the presence of sinkholes.
The NHCP aims to complete the pre-restoration phase of churches and other heritage sites in July or August. The NHCP will then convene agencies and experts, including geologists and structural engineers, to a meeting to present the restoration master plan based on the results of the detailed engineering study.
“Once we have completed the restoration plans, we will hold consultation meetings with stakeholders,” Diokno said. She said stakeholders will include parish priest, local legislative council and the local government.
“We want to present the restoration plan and get approval before we proceed,” she said.
Once the parish has approved the restoration plan, NHCP will conduct a bidding.
Diokno said the NHCP project will not include recent additions or modifications of the heritage structures.
The project will also include training of heritage workers who will be the first to respond to any emergency that affects the structure.
In Bohol, the earthquake damaged the Church of San Pedro Apostol in Loboc; Church of Our Lady of Light, Loon; Santissima Trinidad Parish, Loay; Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Baclayon; Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Dauis; San
Nicolas Church, Dimiao; and Santa Cruz Parish Church, Maribojoc.
The earthquake also damaged the St. Catherine's Church in Carcar City, Cebu. (Alyza Burdeos, SU Mass Comm intern)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 20, 2014.