By Roy Mabasa
For the first time, the United States government is funding a cultural heritage conservation training program.
The US Embassy in Manila has poured in P1.245 million for a course that will focus on best practices in protecting and preserving irreplaceable cultural sites and objects.
The University of Santo Tomas Graduate School – Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (USTGS-CCCPET) will facilitate the four-day training course in Iloilo City from April 17 to 20.
The 27 participants are responsible for the conservation of built heritage sites in their localities around the Philippines. Participants include representatives from local and provincial governments, heritage councils, academic institutions, civic organizations, and dioceses.
International experts on cultural heritage preservation will lead sessions designed to train participants on best practices of conservation management planning, including historical research, legal frameworks, architectural and materials documentation, conditions and hazard assessments, and conservation policy-setting. The course includes a full day of field work, when participants will develop short conservation plans for built heritage structures in Iloilo City.