TAGBILARAN CITY – The National Museum Bohol field office bared that post-earthquake efforts in restoring the centuries-old churches declared as National Cultural Treasurers are still on going with some tangible accomplishments. Under its pre-restoration phase, works such as 3-dimensional scanning, detailed engineering studies and storage conservation posted 100% apiece. Other activities include shoring with 98%; documentary and retrieval inventory, 95% apiece; and construction of recovered objects and preparatory master plan, 45% apiece.
Master plans for restoration are itended for under pacakage one: Inang-angan of Loon town; Punta Cruz watchtower, Maribojoc; Balilihan and Panglao watchtowers; and provincial Capitol, which was turned over to NM from the provincial government. Package II: centuries-old churches of Dimiao, Alburquerque; Package III — Guian Church in Eatsrn Samar destroyed by supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ in Nov. 8, 2015; and package IV — churches of Cortes, Loboc, Maribojoc, Loon and Loay watchtower.
But these undertakings were not without issues and concerns, like limited number of experts and the need to apply for conservation actions on recovered objects.
It said that efforts on clearing the debris still going on in some churches and the number of liturgical objects or elements of immovable cultural property are already recovered.
Other tasks being done and expected to be worked out include coordination with stakeholders, prevention of illicit trafficking of cultural properties, capability building and meeting or consultation with stakeholders religious sector and the community, NM said.