Heritage Conservation Advocates
Government documents about the Huluga archaeological site

Compiled by the Heritage Conservation Advocates

Published Saturday, November 9, 2019 2:48 PM. Updated Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:34 PM

1992, Feb. The National Museum publishes the report Archaeological Exploration in Cagayan de Oro and Vicinities.
1999, Oct. 6 City council passes a resolution declaring Huluga a heritage landmark [3.8MB]
2001, May 3 The director of the Department of Tourism of Region 10, Dorothy Jean Pabayo, sends a letter to Richard Gordon, secretary of the Department of Tourism. Excerpt: "The action needed is immediate; the response critical in saving the open site that has yielded so many pieces of potsherds."

[Editor: Some words in the letter became fuzzy during fax transmission and had to be corrected.]
2001, May 28 The director of the Regional Development Council, Dr. Raymundo Fonollera, writes to the regional executive director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-10, Fernando Quililan. Excerpt: "There is an on-going construction of a bridge even without the necessary Environmental Compliance Certificate ..."[300KB] [3MB]
2001, July 12 List of mainly government officials who met with anthropologist Dr. Erlinda Burton at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan to discuss the possible destruction of the Huluga archaeological site
2001, July 16 The Department of Environment and Natural Resources orders mayor Vicente Emano to cease-and-desist from building the bridge that would damage the Huluga archaeological site
2003, June 30 National Museum director Corazon Alvina sends a letter to anthropologist Dr. Erlinda Burton when Alvina learns of damages on the Huluga archaeological site.
2003, Aug. 13 National Museum director Corazon Alvina sends a letter to Cagayan de Oro mayor Vicente Emano.
2003, Aug. 14 Dr. Victor Paz, director of the Archaeological Studies Program (ASP) of the University of the Philippines, sends a letter to Cagayan de Oro mayor Vicente Emano.
2003, Aug. 20 Senator Loren Legarda files resolution 656 "seeking an immediate Senate investigation into the reported destruction of the prehistoric Huluga site in Barangay Indahag here due to the city government’s ongoing road and bridge construction project in the area."

[Editor: Inquiry did not happen.]
2003, Sep. 16 Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) penalizes city hall and its contractor for violating PD 1586 [3MB]
2004, Jan. 19 City council ordinance authorizes the mayor to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Archaeological Studies Program.
2004, Aug. 30 City council ordinance approves payment worth P450,000 to the Archaeological Studies Program for research in Cagayan de Oro.
2004 Archaeological Studies Programs submits a report, describes Huluga as "... a Habitation, But Unlikely a Settlement".
2007, Oct. 4 City council secretary sends the aforementioned ordinances to Dr. Erlinda Burton.
2007, Oct. 18 National Museum director Corazon Alvina appoints the Heritage Conservation Advocates (HCA) as "Cultural Properties Deputy" for two and a half months.
2007, Nov. 6 Museo de Oro curator Dr. Erlinda Burton writes a letter of complaint to mayor Constantino Jaraula. Copy sent to congressman Rufus Rodriguez.
2008, May 9 Lawyer Raquel Limbaco, on behalf of the Heritage Conversation Advocates, writes to mayor Constantino Jaraula. Subject: Protection and preservation of Huluga.
2010, Mar. 26 President Gloria Arroyo signs Republic Act 10066, "An act providing for the protection and conservation of the national cultural heritage, strengthening the national commission for culture and the arts (NCCA) and its affiliated cultural agencies, and for other purposes".
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