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Government documents about the Huluga archaeological site

Compiled by the Heritage Conservation Advocates. Published Saturday, November 9, 2019 2:48 PM. Updated Monday, December 23, 2019 9:56 AM.

 
1992, Feb. The National Museum publishes the report Archaeological Exploration in Cagayan de Oro and Vicinities.
1999, Oct. 6 Antonio J. Montalván II, a member of the City Historical and Cultural Commission (HISCOM) alerts city officials about the possible destruction of Huluga because of a road-and-bridge project. The city council then passes a resolution, drafted by Montalván, declaring Huluga a heritage landmark [3.8MB]

2001, May 3 Because of the continuous construction of the bridge, 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 fuzzy words, caused by faulty fax transmission, have been corrected.]
2001, May 28 Concerned about the condition of Huluga, 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 Several government officials and members of the academe attend a meeting with anthropologist Dr. Erlinda Burton at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan to discuss the Huluga issue.
2001, July 16 The Department of Environment and Natural Resources orders mayor Vicente Emano to cease-and-desist from building the bridge that could further damage the Huluga archaeological site
2003, June 30 Bridge construction continues. Obsidian Hill split in two. National Museum director Corazon Alvina sends a letter to anthropologist Dr. Erlinda Burton when Alvina learns of damages on the Huluga archaeological site.
2003, July 4 Students and faculty of the University of the Philippines-Archaeological Studies Program (UP-ASP) call for a stop to the destruction of 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 University of the Philippines-Archaeological Studies Program (UP-ASP) 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: Senate does not conduct inquiry.]
2003, Sep. 16 Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) penalizes city hall and its contractor for violating PD 1586. It also orders city hall to coordinate with the National Museum, the Department of Tourism, and the Research Institute for Mindanao Culture (RIMCU). [3MB]
2004, Jan. 19 City council ordinance authorizes the mayor to enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the University of the Philippines-Archaeological Studies Program (UP-ASP).

[Editor: Emano signs MOA with UP-ASP even though EMB does not mention UP-ASP in its decision.]
2004, Aug. 30 City council ordinance approves payment worth P450,000 to the University of the Philippines-Archaeological Studies Program (UP-ASP for research in Cagayan de Oro.
2004

The University of the Philippines-Archaeological Studies Program (UP-ASP) publishes a report that describes Huluga as "... a Habitation, But Unlikely a Settlement".

[Editor: UP-ASP conducts research on Huluga and other archaeological sites without coordinating with DOT and RIMCU. However, the National Museum gives the group permission to dig.]

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 HCA, 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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