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The long road to repairing the damage from the Bohol quake

The earthquake that devastated Bohol in October damaged a large number of heritage buildings, but as resources are stretched it is uncertain if these heritage buildings will ever be repaired.

Loboc church in Bohol. Rappler, 20131220

Loboc church in Bohol. Rappler, 20131220

What hampers restoration of Visayas’ heritage sites?
Rappler, 20 December 2013

While all resources and assistance of most organizations are focused on relief and rebuilding lives in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and the Bohol earthquake, cultural agencies have also begun work on the restoration of priceless heritage structures damaged during the disasters.

Restoration work has been painfully slow, however, a team of heritage experts has reported.

Resources are spread thin, and there’s a lack of manpower, equipment, and funding, according to their report, a copy of which was given to Rappler.

A heritage assessment team has been jointly formed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), and the government’s National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Full story here.

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