The National Museum (NM) on Wednesday vowed to maintain support for the rehabilitation and improvement of monuments and other structures in the province with “heritage value.”
According to NM director Jeremy Barns, the national government has already earmarked an amount for the rehabilitation of heritage sites including those damaged by the 2013 earthquake in Bohol.
These sites include churches, monuments, schools, municipal halls, watch towers and other similar structures deemed by the NM to have heritage value.
Barns arrived in Bohol this week to lead the turnover and marker unveiling of watch towers in Maribojoc on Tuesday and in Panglao on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, rehabilitation of the watch tower in Loay is nearing completion and its turnover is expected to be held early next year, said Barns.
Other structures including quake-damaged churches such as those in Loboc and Loon are also undergoing repairs.
Barns assured that while rehabilitation is ongoing at some Bohol churches, it is already safe for the public to enter these structures.
In October this year, the Old Capitol building, which houses the Bohol Musuem, and the watch tower in Balilihan were also officially turned over to local authorities. (A. Doydora)