PGMA inks law strengthening, renaming historical body

May 13, 2010 7:38 pm 

MANILA, May 13 – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Thursday signed into law a bill that strengthens the National Historical Institute and its mandate to conserve, promote and popularize the nation’s historical and cultural heritage.

The new law also renamed the NHI as the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). The law was a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3313 and House Bill No. 6378.

The new law provides for the strengthening and streamlining of the agency with the end view of strengthening its resources, expanding the scope of its beneficiaries, and clarifying its role in relations to other cultural agencies.

The signing ceremony , done in Malacanang Wednesday, was witnessed by NHI Commissioner Ambeth Ocampo, NHI Executive Director Ludovico Badoy, NHI Deputy Executive Director Emelita Almosara, National Archives Commissioner Marietta Chou, and National Library Commissioner Prudenciano Cruz in Malacanang.

The National Historical Institute (NHI) was established to promote Philippine history and cultural heritage through research, dissemination, conservation, sites management and heraldry works.

As the government’s arm in culture development and historical perservation, NHI aims to inculcate awareness and appreciation of the noble deeds and ideals of the country’s heroes, instill pride in the Filipino race and to rekindle the Filipino spirit through the lessons of history. (PNA)

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