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National Laws and its Provisions on Protecting Cultural Heritage

October 11, 2017

Protecting cultural heritage is a collective responsibility which is why its essence is also entrenched in our national laws. The following show how the State includes culture and heritage in legislation:

 

Republic Act No. 7160 – Local Government Code


"Section 16. General Welfare. - Every local government unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate, or incidental for its efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare. Within their respective territorial jurisdictions, local government units shall ensure and support, among other things, the preservation and enrichment of culture, promote health and safety, enhance the right of the people to a balanced ecology, encourage and support the development of appropriate and self-reliant scientific and technological capabilities, improve public morals, enhance economic prosperity and social justice, promote full employment among their residents, maintain peace and order, and preserve the comfort and convenience of their inhabitants."
 

Republic Act No. 10651 – General Appropriations Act 2015

DepEd-OSEC, Special Provision No. 22, “Preservation of Gabaldon School Buildings”, Volume II-A, page 285

22. Preservation of Gabaldon Buildings. Gabaldon school buildings shall not be demolished. The DepEd shall preserve and restore the existing Gabaldon school buildings as part of the preservation of the country's cultural heritage.

General Provisions, Section 19, “Protection of Built Heritage, Cultural Properties and Cultural Landscapes”, Volume II-B, page 1529

 

Republic Act No. 10717 – General Appropriations Act 2016

DepEd-OSEC, Special Provision No. 20, “Preservation of Gabaldon and Other Heritage School Buildings”, Volume II-A, page 271

20. Preservation of Gabaldon and Other Heritage School Buildings. The existing Gabaldon school buildings and other heritage school buildings shall not be demolished. The DepEd shall endeavor to preserve and restore said buildings as part of the preservation of the country's cultural heritage.

 

General Provisions, Section 43, “Protection of Built Heritage, Cultural Properties and Cultural Landscapes”, Volume II-B, page 796

Section 43. Protection of Built Heritage, Cultural Properties and Cultural Landscapes. Alteration, renovation or demolition of heritage buildings and open spaces declared by government cultural agencies or presumed to be important cultural properties, including but not limited to provincial capitol buildings, city hall, municipal hall, monuments, fountains, parks and plazas, school, state colleges and universities, fortifications, lighthouses, bridges, public hospitals, train stations, museums, public libraries, stadiums, prisons and government offices, shall be undertaken only upon prior approval of government cultural agencies and proper consultation with stakeholders and cultural groups to be administered by the NCCA. This includes the protection of the sight line with regard to built heritage, cultural properties and cultural landscapes.

In addition, in undertaking major infrastructure projects, the concerned department/agency shall be responsible specifically in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of national roads and bridges as they impact on heritage structures or aspects of heritage conservation pursuant to Republic Act No. 10066 of the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009.

 

Republic Act No. 10924 – General Appropriations Act 2017


General Provisions, Section 33, “Institutional Linkage with the National Cultural Agencies”, Volume I-B, page 641

In the implementation of programs, activities and projects authorized in this Act, agencies indentified under R.A. No. 10066, the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009, shall consult, coordinate and work closely with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts to ensure that their respective responsibilities under R.A. No. 10066 are implemented.
 

General Provisions, Section 34, “Protection of Built Heritage, Cultural Properties and Cultural Landscapes”, Volume I-B, page 641

Section 34. Protection of Built Heritage, Cultural Properties and Cultural Landscapes. Alteration, renovation or demolition of government buildings and open spaces declared by government cultural agencies or presumed to be important cultural properties, including but not limited to provincial capitol buildings, city hall, municipal hall, monuments, fountains, parks and plazas, school, state colleges and universities, fortifications, lighthouses, bridges, public hospitals, train stations, museums, public libraries, stadiums, prisons and government offices, shall be undertaken only upon prior approval of government cultural agencies and proper consultation with stakeholders and cultural groups to be administered by the NCCA. This includes the protection of the sight line with regard to built heritage, cultural properties and cultural landscapes.

In addition, in undertaking major infrastructure projects, the concerned department/agency shall be responsible specifically in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of national roads and bridges as they impact on heritage structures or aspects of heritage conservation pursuant to Republic Act No. 10066 of the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009.

 

 

 

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