MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb. 21 (PIA) -- The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) met with different stakeholder-partners for the finalization of the plan on the restoration of the Southern Leyte Provincial Library.

The meeting, held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall, Friday aimed to finalize the plan to restore the historical library taking feedbacks and suggestions among the different stakeholders such as the academe, media practitioners, government engineers and architects, the provincial library personnel, SP committee chair on tourism, Provincial Tourism Officer, among other provincial and city officials concerned. Architect Reynaldo S. Lita from the NHCP informed during his presentation on the scope of work that there are structures included in the restoration such as the buidling itself, the bahaynabato-type, concrete supports, safety and health provisions, carpentry, architectural details, among other mobilization and site preparations. Lita said that the historical building should be preserved and adaptively use the edifice through internationally reserved standards. In the conservation approach, Lita informed on how to restore the house, saying that “it is a traditional method to strengthen it by the use of metals and replace some parts that are already weak for the safety of the building.” The NHCP appropriated P20 million for the 2-storey historical building. Restoration operations is targeted for 8 to 10 months. He said that by March, this year the project will be posted at Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (Philgeps). He said that even if the contractor who will win the bid is from other parts of the country, Lita will ask that labor force will be sourced from the province of Southern Leyte. The Southern Leyte Provincial Library sits in Barangay Abgao, Maasin City also known as Oppus Heritage House. (ajc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)