via Philippine News Agency, 10 February 2021: The heritage church in Antique province was improperly carrying out renovations without permission.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has ordered the Antique District Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to stop the rehabilitation of the church plaza of the St. John Nepomuceno Parish in Anini-y town.
In a letter addressed to DPWH Antique officer-in-charge Engr. De Joselito Antonio dated Feb. 9, NHCP chairman Dr. Rene Escalante said it had come to his attention that the ongoing rehabilitation is desecrating the spacious and magnificent facade of the church.
“Please be informed that the abovementioned structure has a historical marker installed by the NHCP on August 2004,” he said.
He added that all Spanish and American period plazas and public squares are declared as National Historical Sites through the Board Resolution No. 7, s. 2018.