Museum set to undergo facelift PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:32

The National Museum facility located at the back of the Fort Pilar Shrine is set to undergo renovation in line with the government’s upgrading program this year.

National Museum Director Jeremy Barns said the Zamboanga museum is one of the top 3 museum projects outside of Metro Manila that will be rehabilitated. The two others are the museums in Butuan and Vigan.

“But even among Vigan and Butuan,  the most impressive and most historic is undoubtedly Fort Pilar” Barns declared as he revealed that the National Museum has  mobilized a budget of at least P10m to start the improvement of the structure and  exhibits.

He said more funds are expected to be utilized for the project which will be undertaken in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT).

“This visit is a way of reaffirming our commitment to really improving and promoting Fort Pilar and the national museum here,” the official said    during his visit to the city together with National Museum Chairman Ramon del Rosario recently. He stressed that preparations for the start of the project are now underway.

In his visit to Zamboanga City last October, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez has agreed to pull resources with together with the National Museum for the improvement of the local museum at Fort Pilar.

“We agreed that we will pull our resources and show our strong support for the efforts of Mayor Celso Lobregat to beautify and enhance and promote Zamboanga as a great city to live in and a great city for tourists to visit,” Barns emphasized.

For his part, National Museum chair Rosario said both the main museum in Manila and the regional museums are getting very strong support from the national government.

“We have given our full budget this year, which is the first time in many years to have achieved that and we will be able to create very beautiful exhibits in various parts of the country trying as much as possible to be very relevant to the places where the museums are,” Rosario said.

He said there are a lot of projects and activities set for this year with the full support not only from the government but also from the private sector. — Sheila Covarrubias