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PHILIPPINE CULTURAL HERITAGE LAW
The drafting of the Omnibus Cultural Heritage Law, otherwise known as the
“PHILIPPINE CULTURAL HERITAGE LAW” aims to provide for the protection
and preservation of the Philippine Cultural Heritage. This began as an interface
program within the Subcommission for Cultural Heritage (SCH) in 1994. This was
initiated by the then Commissioner for SCH, Felice Prudente Sta. Maria as an
advocacy mandate of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
The bill was further deliberated on by the NCCA members of the 22 National
Committees [representing both the public and private sectors], and the
affiliate government agencies, like the National Museum, Cultural Center of
the Philippines, National Historical Institute, Records Management and Archives
Office, and the Intramuros Administration for the Department of Tourism.
The First Omnibus Philippine Cultural Heritage Law considers existing laws
pertaining to culture and cultural properties, international conventions, heritage
laws of different countries, and most importantly our local needs.
Among the major features of the proposed bill are as follows:
A redefinition of cultural properties to encompass tangible and
A sharing of responsibilities among national, provincial, and local
government systems -- and private owners -- in the maintenance
of cultural properties, which include financing and training of
A system to prioritize which cultural properties will be conserved