Itogon bats for more heritage sites

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Friday, February 24, 2012


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Heritage sites at the Ambuclao and Binga areas may be expanded.

In a move by the Itogon Council, the Binga Hilltop Guesthouse is being requested to be part of development of heritage sites under the agreement between the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM).

Benguet Provincial Board members are backing a resolution filed by the Itogon Council asking to include the Binga Hilltop Guesthouse and other residential areas as part of the Indigenous People’s Cultural Heritage Site at the Binga Marian Village.

In a letter, Emmanuel Ledesma, president and chief operating officer of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation, acceded to the request.

Ledesma said: “We recommend that the request be referred to the Stakeholders Council of the Indigenous Peoples Heritage Site.”

Under the agreement, the council is tasked to determine if the use and purpose of the structures conforms to the conditions of the Site Use Management Plan.

Ledesma said, during a stakeholders meeting last January 18, a delineation of and structural survey was proposed to be conducted during the first quarter of the year to determine the component parts of the residual areas.

The agreement states that the use and administration of the Ambuklao Elementary School, Tublay School of Home Industries, basketball and tennis courts, chapel, and municipal building by the host community including the indigenous peoples’ group.

These areas used to form part of the hydropower complex then managed by the National Power Corporation.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 25, 2012.

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