April 9, 2014
Contact: (Washington, DC) Patrick Realiza, Communications Chair
(Manila) Margaret Lacson-Ecarma, Executive Director
Washington, DC-based Bohol Restoration Group (BRG)
to map restoration plan efforts in First Roundtable April 12 Meeting
TAGBILARAN, Bohol – A roundtable meeting hosted by the Diocese of Tagbilaran will bring together for the first time the diocese restoration team, Bohol’s local government, government-appointed agencies, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC, non-government organizations (NGOs), and representatives from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – International Council on Monuments and Sites (UNESCO’s ICOMOS) Philippines to discuss collaborative restoration efforts with Washington-based Bohol Restoration Group, Inc. (BRG).
“BRG intends to raise funds to provide technical and financial assistance to restore and preserve heritage sties and their respective communities in Bohol,” Andrew Potts, BRG board member and heritage trust lawyer of Nixon Peabody, LLP (NP), said. “We would like to begin designing our grant-making structure and work with every group in a collaborative effort. We look forward to a productive and engaging meeting.”
After careful consultation with the Bishop of Tagbilaran Leonardo Medroso, BRG is focusing its technical and fundraising efforts on three specific heritage sites located in the cities of Baclayon, Dauis and Loay.
BRG is looking into making grants with organizations such as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tagbilaran; the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), through its Permanent Committee for the Cultural Heritage of the Church (PCCHC); the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA); the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP); the National Museum of the Philippines; and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Included in BRG’s discussions in the roundtable are reports gathered from an expert mission commissioned by UNESCO, ICCROM and the NCCA; the Community-Based Cultural Heritage Revitalization for Disaster and Livelihood Recovery proposal prepared by UNESCO under the coordination of Masanori Nagaoka at the UNESCO Jakarta office; and the Proposed Action Lines for Recovery of Cultural Heritage plan prepared in December by the Spanish Government, among other reports.
Participating in the roundtable meeting are:
H.E. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Philippine Ambassador to the United States and Mrs. Vicky J. Cuisia
Governor Edgar Chatto, Governor of Bohol
Diocese of Tagbilaran
National Heritage Commission of the Philippines (NHCP)
National Museum (NM)
Margaret Lacson-Ecarma, President, Bohol Restoration Group
Attorney Andrew J. Potts, Member, Board of Directors, Bohol Restoration Group; Partner Nixon Peabody LLP Washington, DC; Board Member UNESCO/ICOMOS/ICCROM
Professional Engineer, Hedy Thomas, Board of Directors, Bohol Restoration Group; Principal Leutero Thomas LLC Oxon Hill Maryland
Nestor Arabejo, Member, Bohol Restoration Group
Architect Melva Java, National Committee on Monument Sites – UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines
Professor Jun de Leon, Chair, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
Architect Raj Busmente, NCCA’s Heritage Office
Attorney Kaye Isberto, Head of NCCA National Committee on Monuments and Sites (NCMS)
Architect Shigeru Ban, Shigeru Ban Architects
Professor Riichi Miyake, Southern California Institute of Architecture
Architect Joy Mananghaya, UNESCO