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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

P150M allotted for construction of Kalinga Cultural Center and Museum

Tabuk City, Kalinga – The erection of the Kalinga Cultural Center and Museum is now on its way to realization with the P150 million funding allotted this year for its construction.


Provincial Tourism Officer Lorraine Ngao-i announced during a meeting by the Kalinga Cultural and the Arts Council on Thursday, May 16, that the funding necessary to complete the first phase of the project had already been approved.


She added that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has also approved the subdivision survey for the separate titling of the proposed museum’s lot from that of the title of the provincial capitol.


Titling of the lot has already been taken care of by the Office of the Provincial Legal Officer.


The provincial local government of Kalinga, as mandated by Republic Act No. 11770, has been tasked to provide the land necessary for the establishment of said edifice.


As proposed, a lot of about 3,500 square meters at the back of the Kalinga Sports Center would be utilized.


The design of the building, meantime, will be tackled following the land titling.


The crafting of the design has been previously assigned to the members of the United Architects of the Philippines - Kalinga Chico River Chapter.


As presented earlier, the center will be equipped with a space for exhibition, archives, archaeological finds, a gallery, literature, artifacts, and an art section.


The center, if erected, shall ‘serve as the institutional medium for the protection, preservation, presentation and promotion of the cultural, artistic, archaeological, social, historical, religious and philosophical heritage of the Kalinga land and its people’.


To recall, the bill authored by Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang seeking the construction of the museum was signed into law in May 2022 by then President Rodrigo Duterte.


This is alongside other bills aimed at establishing the same buildings in Misamis Oriental and Biliran.