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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Kalinga registers 8 heritage sites at the Philippine Registry of Cultural Property


Tabuk City, Kalinga – To preserve the cultural assets of yKalingas, the provincial local government unit, through the Provincial Tourism Office, submitted eight of the province’s heritage sites for uploading to the Philippine Registry of Cultural Property (PRECUP).


PRECUP is a repository of all information pertaining to cultural properties in the Philippines.

Kalinga Provincial Tourism Officer Lorraine Ngao-i, in a meeting held Friday, Sept. 22, relayed that those submitted for the PRECUP include the Banao Protected Landscapes, Rizal Archaeological Reservation, and the Bantayog Wika situated at the Kalinga State University-Bulanao Campus Compound.


Apart from these, others listed include Lubuagan Town, which became the seat of the government during the reign of President Emilio Aguinaldo; Canao Bridge in Calanan, Tabuk City; White Carabao in Bulanao; Saint Peter’s Parish Church Bells; and the Kalinga Unoy Rice, which is mostly produced by Pasil, Lubuagan, and Tanudan.


In an interview, Ngao-i underscored that while PRECUP serves as a depository for cultural properties for local government units, the submission of said cultural assets to the registry is part of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ cultural properties preservation program.

She added that the submission of such properties was strengthened by the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) law, which included the "existence of an updated cultural property inventory in the LGU" as one of the criteria under tourism, heritage development, culture, and the arts.


In the registry’s brochure, it said the creation of PRECUP “plays a crucial role in identifying and providing information on all available cultural resources in the country that can be used by the public, land use planners, property owners, developers, the tourism industry, and educators.”


Likewise, PRECUP is also seen to contribute to cultural heritage awareness among communities and would facilitate the protection, preservation, and conservation of various cultural assets.


What are cultural properties?


Under the PRECUP, those that may be registered include those that were declared cultural property by the NCCA or National Cultural Agencies (NCAs); presumed important cultural property that is currently not declared by the NCCA or NCAs; local cultural property declared by the respective LGUs through executive order, ordinance, or resolution; and registered cultural property that carries significance to local culture and history.

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