Councilors launch Malabon conservation movement

Published April 1, 2018, 3:53 PM

by Patrick Garcia


By Kate Javier

Charges and fine will soon be given to people who would destroy, relocate, modify or even disrespect the cultural and heritage sites in Malabon City.

Malabon City Map (Wikipedia/Manila Bulletin)
Malabon City Map (Wikipedia/Manila Bullet

Councilors Bernard Dela Cruz and Ricky Bernardo authored a proposed measure which shall also be known as the “Local Cultural Properties Protection and Conservation Ordinance of the City of Malabon.”

The proposed ordinance seeks to protect and conserve the city’s landmarks by punishing violators who would destroy, relocate, modify or even disrespect all Malabon’s cultural and historical structures.

“The city ordinance desires to protect its rich, cultural, artistic, and historical heritage from unlawful and destructive activities by imposing stringent measures in protecting these cultural landmarks and works of art,” the draft ordinance read.

Under the measure, violators may be charged with P1,000-P5,000 fine, a task of community service and restoration of the defaced property, and at least six months imprisonment.

The city’s Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office was tasked to lead the conservation of all landmarks, according to the proposed bill.

These included the San Bartolome Church in Barangay Poblacion, which was built in 1614 and through which Katipuneros smuggled their arms in 1896 during the Philippine revolution against Spaniards.

Also included were the Conception Church in Barangay Conception, home of the sacred image of the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception crowned by former Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin.

Aside from churches, 18 heritage houses will undergo preservation like the El Casa Katipunero or the house of Katipunero Apolinario Apolinario Marcelo in Barangay Baritan built in 1800 and the ancestral house of former Governor Wenceslao Pascual in Barangay Hulong Duhat built in 1930.