BALANGA CITY, Bataan – In response to Bataan Governor Abet S. Garcia’s initiative to revisit the province’s historic past and preserve Bataan’s rich cultural heritage sites, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) headed by Vice Governor Efren “Bondyong” Pascual, has been toiling on an ordinance for the creation of the Bataan Historical Council.
Drafted and sponsored mainly by Board Member Aristotle Gaza, the proposed ordinance is under review by the Board and has been calendared for second reading.
During last Monday’s session, where Gaza presented the proposed Bataan Historical Council ordinance, Board Member Rey Ibe raised his concern regarding the specific positions of those who are going to be appointed as Chairpersons.
Earlier, Gov. Garcia had launched the cultural mapping project, as he underscored the need to preserve and reconstruct Bataan’s rich historical structures and culture for the future generations. He also pointed out that there is an urgent need to safeguard these priceless culture and tradition which symbolize the values and strong-willed character of our ancestors and to develop a unique identity worthy of emulation.
In attendance during the launching were Associate Professor Eric B. Zerudo, Director of the University of Santo Tomas – Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics and some other personalities. As a cultural conservation expert, Zerrudo lauded the provincial officials and the Bataan Peninsula Tourism Council Foundation, Inc. (BPTCFI), chaired by Mrs. Vicky Sandejas-Garcia, for initiating the activity, adding this would redound to the cultural and historical upgrading of significant top-level educational assessment of valuable information for the youth and the populace of Bataan.