Cebu lawmaker wants Carcar declared a heritage zone-A A +A
Saturday, September 28, 2013
A CEBUANO lawmaker filed House Bill 1340 seeking to declare Carcar City in southern Cebu a national cultural heritage zone.
Once signed into law, Carcar's streets, parks, monuments, buildings and even natural bodies of water shall be kept as close as possible to their form when the area was of greatest importance to Philippine history, as determined by the National Historical Institute.
The Department of Tourism, in coordination with the Cebu provincial government and the Carcar city government, shall also be required to preserve, restore and maintain the appropriate structures and facilities that would help foster tourism.
"We have to move fast to protect the integrity of Carcar's historical and cultural structures, including various works of art, which now form part of the national treasure," said Cebu Representative Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr., the bill's author.
Located some 40 kilometers southwest of Cebu City, Carcar boasts an assortment of artistic creations, including architecturally distinctive Spanish to American vintage houses.
Carcar was established as a municipality in 1599. The 414-year-old town became a city in 2007. It has a population of 107,000.
The modern-day Carcar forms part of Metro Cebu, and belongs to Cebu province’s first district, which Gullas represents in Congress. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)