Oct 29, 2020

Preserve cultural properties, Palawan towns urged

Fort Santa Isabel in Taytay town, built in 1667 as a wooden palisade under the Augustinian Recollect priests, is among the cultural heritage sites in the province. (Photo courtesy of Annze Anna)

Local government units (LGUs) in Palawan should conduct an inventory of all their cultural properties and formulate preservation policies to protect them from ruin.

In a resolution approved by the provincial board on Tuesday, board member Roseller Pineda said the goal is in line with the present tourism development targets of the province.

“Yan kasi ang pinanggalingan natin. Napaka-importante nito para sa mga umuusad na probinsya kagaya ng Palawan na makita natin kung ano ang ating kultura at saan tayo nagmula,” Pineda said.

He said the LGUs should ensure the protection and preservation of the different cultural properties that should not be relocated, rebuilt or change.

Section 13, Article 14 of the Philippine Constitution said “the state should foster the preservation, enrichment and dynamic evolution of Filipino National Culture.”

“Parang hindi kasi importante sa atin pero nakalagay sa constitution na kailangan ‘yan na mapangalagaan. Marami sanang pwedeng malaman tungkol sa kulturang Palawenyo kaya dapat magkaroon nito, hindi ‘yong ganoon na makakalimutan na lang,” he said.

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