TAGBILARAN CITY – The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) of the Central Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC) conducted a coordination meeting among the Provincial Government of Bohol, concerned agencies, and parishes, and other Bohol stakeholders on the reconstruction, restoration, and rehabilitation of the heritage churches last January 27.
The coordination meeting was conducted to reconcile data and information and facilitate implementation of church building projects destroyed by the 2013 Bohol earthquake.
The meeting, held at the Governor’s Mansion in Tagbilaran City, served as a problem-solving session (PSS). It discussed and exchanged relevant information on the challenges of project implementation, and address these challenges by recommending measures to facilitate and fast-track project implementation.
RDC Chair and the governor of Bohol, Gov. Edgar Chatto, graced the activity with his presence.
Among the participants of the meeting were the RPMC members led by the chair, Dir. Efren Carreon of NEDA, co-chair, Dir. Carmela Fernan of DBM, Engr. Cliff Israel Ceriales who represented Dir. Rene Burdeos of DILG, and RDC Private Sector Representative of Bohol Panfilo Asares.
Present from the side of the implementing agencies were Dr. Maria Serena Diokno and Hon. Ludovico D. Badoy, chair and executive director, respectively, of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), Mr. Bernan Joseph Corpus of the National Commission for Culture of the Arts (NCCA), Engr. Charlemaine Tantingco and Engr. Madeleine Mary Simon of the National Museum, and Engr. Amelita Caganda and Engr. Rady Adame of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA). Representatives from the parishes of Baclayon, Loay, Loon, Tubigon, and Loboc also attended the meeting.
Dir. Carreon presented an overview of the RPMC and the scope of its monitoring work. The RPMC Secretariat presented the background and timelines of its monitoring on the rehabilitation, reconstruction, and restoration of the earthquake-damaged heritage churches.
The meeting reconciled and provided additional information from the various agencies involved in this restoration program. Mr. Corpus presented the institutional arrangements of the implementation of the restoration and reconstruction program of churches in Bohol among NCCA, NHCP, and the National Museum. Engr. Tantingco of National Museum and Dr. Diokno of NHCP updated the participants on the status of their respective restoration/reconstruction works in Bohol heritage churches and other structures. Engr. Caganda of TIEZA also presented the status of the funding for the program.
Several agreements were passed about the improvement of the monitoring mechanism of the RPMC on these restoration projects, the data and information to be contained in their status reports, and most importantly, measures for the implementing agencies and other stakeholders to act upon to facilitate project implementation such as on the application of building permits, conversion of national roads, transfer of funds, among others.
RDC Chair and Bohol Gov. Chatto concluded the meeting, expressing hope for more coordinative work among stakeholders to facilitate project implementation on these damaged churches and structures.