The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) reported that at least P675 million would be needed to restore cultural and heritage sites that were damaged in North Luzon due to the magnitude 7.0 last July.
On Wednesday, September 28, NCCA Chairperson Rene Escalante told the Senate Finance subcommittee that the restoration and rehabilitation of numerous sites would take at least two years to complete.
He cited the damages in 16th-century cathedral in Vigan, and the Bell Tower in Bantay, Ilocos Sur. The 19th century Baroque church of the Santa Catalina de Alejandria Parish in Abra province was also among the important cultural properties that incurred damage due to the quake.
The NCCA also proposed that the renovation budget be divided into two phases, the first phase in 2023 and P270 million for the second phase in 2024.