via Rappler, 01 October 2022: The challenges of preserving heritage buildings in the Philippines.
“For now, the NCCA still has yet to establish a system that will ensure that owners of declared heritage properties have access to the benefits, primarily because of very limited resources to do this,” he said.
“Indeed, it is part of the next steps the NCCA intends to do. As a national agency that lacks satellite offices in the regions, we need to engage regional government offices to assist us in making sure that RA 10066 is implemented,” he added.
Heritage architect Richard Tuazon Bautista told Rappler that even with a heritage law in place, its implementation remains on a case-to-case basis, and depends on how local governments understand and interpret it.
“A lot of LGUs hindi pa naiintindihan ang heritage law (still don’t understand heritage law). For them it’s just the usual thing; people are doing what they’re used to doing,” he said.