ICOMOS International

ICOMOS is an international non-governmental organization of professionals dedicated to the conservation of the world’s historic monuments and sites.

ICOMOS works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places. It is the only global non-government organization of this kind, which is dedicated to promoting the application of theory, methodology, and scientific techniques to the conservation of the architectural and archaeological heritage. Its work is based on the principles enshrined in the 1964 International Charter on the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites (the Venice Charter).

ICOMOS is a network of experts that benefits from the interdisciplinary exchange of its members, among whom are architects, historians, archaeologists, art historians, geographers, anthropologists, engineers, and town planners.

Members of ICOMOS contribute to improving the preservation of heritage, including the standards and techniques for preserving each of the following types of cultural heritage properties: buildings, historic cities, cultural landscapes, and archaeological sites.

ICOMOS Philippines

ICOMOS Philippines is the duly recognized National Committee of ICOMOS International in the country. As part of the ICOMOS global network of cultural heritage experts, members of ICOMOS Philippines have been working with various local and international institutions and organizations, both government and non-government, by providing technical assistance in various fields of heritage conservation.

Since its establishment in the late 1980s, ICOMOS Philippines has been active in providing guidance and advice to the Philippine government on international and national cultural heritage matters, through the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA). As such, it holds a permanent representative seat at the NCCA’s National Committee on Monuments and Sites.

Members of ICOMOS Philippines come from various disciplines and are carefully selected by fellow specialists involved in the heritage conservation field.With ICOMOS’ global reach and a network of over 20 International Scientific Committees focusing on different aspects of conservation, we are able to work and collaborate with ICOMOS members all over the world.


Philippine Heritage that is celebrated and preserved through the highest standards.


Be the vehicle for elevating Philippine preservation practice to accepted international standards, while respecting local cultural context.


Provide and facilitate necessary information transfer/exchange to help the preservation movement progress.

Make heritage conservation a mainstream sustainable development issue.