Protecting cultural heritage in the Philippines

4 September 2015

Following the earthquake in Bohol and the Jolanda Typhoon in Cebu, the Department of Tourism of the Philippine Government has asked the World Bank for technical assistance in determining the multi-hazard vulnerability of built heritage in the two Islands and in the historic centre of Manila.

Professor Dina D’Ayala, of UCL’s Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, is part of the team lead by Arch. Patrizia Barucco of ARS Progetti (Roma, Italy) which won the World Bank bid and are delivering the project, in collaboration with the Centre for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (CCCPET) – University of Santo Tomas, and the University of La Salle.

The team spent the past week on site studying the construction details and current damage state of some of the iconic timber and coral stone churches of the Spanish colonial period that were damaged in the Bohol earthquake of 2013. The team also met with Senator Pia Cayetano, Chair of the Culture Committee and Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Finance Committee, to discuss the future impact of the project and dissemination and implementation of the results. The project was announced to the Senate.

The project will deliver guidelines for the systematic uptake of multi-hazard vulnerability assessment in projects related to the conservation of Philippines’ building heritage. This second mission of the project was concluded by a two-day workshop on seismic vulnerability assessment.


Meeting Senator Loren Legarda

Meeting Senator Loren Legarda

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