via Manila Standard, 29 September 2023: A new law, Republic Act 11961, mandates the National Commission on Culture and the Arts to aid local governments in cultural mapping to identify and document heritage resources. The act also amends previous legislation, aiming to bolster heritage conservation and education programs.
A recently enacted law requires the National Commission on Culture and the Arts to assist local government in cultural mapping for the purpose of identifying and documenting all heritage resources.
President Marcos recently signed Republic Act 11961 titled “An Act Strengthening the Conservation and Protection of Philippine Cultural Heritage Through Cultural Mapping and Enhanced Cultural Heritage Education Program” that directed cultural agencies led by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to extend financial and technical support to local governments for the nationwide cultural mapping program.
RA 11961 amended RA 10066, the “National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009,” which provided for the identification and documentation of all heritage resources all over the country.