Council seeks to stop project at Fort Pilar PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:44

Councilors conducted yesterday an inspection of the Fort Pilar interior where an ongoing “improvement” project of the National Museum came under attack from Zamboangueños here and abroad for its destruction of the fort ruins

The contractor undertaking the project used modern materials like cement and paint which have altered the fort’s old snd original state.

Councilor Rogelio “Gerky“ Valesco said the manner the project was implemented is a slap and an insult to the heritage of the people of Zamboanga City.

“The desecration of Fort Pilar and its structures is not only in physical form. It is destroying the history of the people of Zamboanga City,“ said Valesco, former chairman of the City Council’s  Committee on Tourism.

He said he was not consulted or informed on the ongoing reconstruction project by the National Museum.

During the City Council session yesterday, Councilor Vincent Paul Elago, now chairman of the Committee on Tourism,  told the body on what he had discovered about the reconstruction project. He sponsored a resolution calling on the National Museum to stop the project because it is destroying the history of Zamboanga City.

The resolution — approved jointly and severally — will be sent to the National Museum office together with a request for a copy of the blueprint of the reconstruction project.

The council also approved a resolution sponsored by Councilor Kim Elago proposing that the committee of Councilor VP Elago conduct a public hearing to hear the people’s  sentiments on the desecration of Fort Pilar.

The reconstruction project is being undertaken by FJ Construction and Enterprises with a budget of P14,257,918. — Allen Abastillas