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MAASIN CITY (PIA) -- A team of specialists conducted on January 4-8 an assessment of the cultural heritage involving Catholic churches in areas covered by the Diocese of Maasin City, from Baybay City, Inopacan, Hindang, Hilongos, Bato, Matalom, province of Leyte, and all of Southern Leyte province.

“Heritage structures in the diocese sustained significant damage from the onslaught of typhoon Odette,” the Diocese of Maasin wrote in its FB page.

The six-man team of experts was composed of the following big names in the field of heritage conservation: Associate Professor Eric Zerrudo, heritage and development director of the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School, who was the team leader; Prof. Regalado Trota Jose, specialist on Philippine sacred art, former commissioner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA); Architect Michael Manalo, commissioner, NCCA; Joselito Corpus, former architectural conservator, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation; Prof Lessandro Garciano, an official of the Association of Structural Engineers in the Philippines; and Architect Charmenne Odan, construction project management.

The results of the post-typhoon Odette assessment will soon guide the diocese in having a clear conservation management plan and climate change-resilient protocols on heritage properties. (LDL/MMP/PIA 8-Southern Leyte)