Tigil muna! NCA, NCHP to investigate bridge constructions in Laoag
A government road-widening project has been suspended in Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, after it threatened to damage a three-arch Spanish-era bridge in Barangay Barit.
Provincial Tourism Officer Aianree Raquel said top cultural agencies will send experts to “assess the damage done and determine actions to be taken.”
Raquel said the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the National Museum will look into the situation involving Barit Bridge.
She also said a technical working committee meeting was conducted to discuss the issue.
Work on the bridge was halted following an appeal from heritage advocates to preserve the bridge, also known as “Puente de Barit.”
Fr. Ericson Josue of the Laoag Diocese said the “Puente de Barit” is among the heritage structures in the province that must be preserved.
Under Republic Act 10066, the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009, all concerned agencies such as the Department of Public Works and Highways should consult and work with the NCCA and other national cultural agencies regarding any construction, renovation, retrofitting or demolition activities affecting historical and cultural sites and structures.
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