5 old churches in Cebu need urgent repair-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
THE Cebu Provincial Heritage Commission (CPHC) identified five churches that need immediate restoration after these were damaged by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake last Oct. 15.
In a meeting at the Provincial Capitol yesterday, the commission, headed by Gov. Hilario Davide III, said that the five churches are those in the southern towns of Dalaguete, Dumanjug, Samboan, Boljoon and Sibonga.
The CPHC also included the municipal hall of Argao that needs restoration after its roof was also damaged.
Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said the Provincial Government will use the donations from the private institutions and other provinces, which are under the trust fund of the Capitol, for the repair works.
Magpale said the National Government will also help for the restoration as some churches were declared as heritage sites.
The Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio Church in Boljoon has been declared by the National Museum as a national cultural treasure.
Magpale said before the repair of the churches, they will have to ask permission from Msgr. Carlito Puno, chairman of the Heritage Commission of the Archdiocese.
Architect Melva Java, member of the CPHC, said the provincial engineers have started touring the areas affected to assess the damage and determine the cost.
Java said the belfry of the San Guillermo de Aquitania Church in Dalaguete was dislodged and the church facade was also damaged.
The bell towers in the churches of Dumanjug, Samboan, Boljoon and Sibonga also have cracks.
Magpale said Capitol have sent heavy equipment to safely remove and take down the bell towers.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 31, 2013.