By Ben Rosario
Thousands of pieces of museum antiques, artifacts and other collections of the Intramuros Administration (IA) are in danger of deteriorating without even being displayed on exhibit as part of promoting “deeper appreciation” of Philippine culture.
The Commission on Audit (COA) revealed that the IA has also failed to adequately insure the vital artifacts, antiques and collection, thus, exposing the items to “risks of non-indemnification” in case these are damaged or lost due to fire, earthquake and other fortuitous events.
COA, in its 2017 annual audit report for the agency, also lamented that there has been low disbursement of funds for the implementation of programs and activities of IA.
This has resulted in the reversion of some P413,336,231.47 to the National Treasury for not being utilized. The total cash allocation IA received in 2017 was P453,426,000.