Gov't to foot the bill to restore heritage sites

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 18 2013 04:00 PM | Updated as of Oct 19 2013 12:00 AM

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Residents walk near the ruins of Loboc Church in Loboc, Bohol after it was destroyed by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit the island on Tuesday. Photo was posted by traveller Robert Michael Poole on his Twitter account. Photo by Robert Michael Poole via Twitter

MANILA - Malacañang on Friday assured the public that the national government will foot the bill for the restoration of heritage sites destroyed by the October 15 earthquake in central Philippines.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is now working with the Department of Tourism on the rehabilitation.

She said she does not know how much the restoration will cost.

Valte also explained why President Aquino said the government will first have to check on the legal basis for funding the rehabilitation of the destroyed heritage sites.

"When the President was asked about it, hindi pa lumabas NCCA. Not for lack of understanding. He just wanted to make sure na pwede. Hindi naman lack of advice. It Just came first, the President wanted to make sure government can do that kaya bumaba na rin teams ng NCCA. It's in the law yung sa heritage sites. You have to sift through alin yung heritage sites at alin yung hindi," she said.