Press Release: ICOMOS Philippines official membership to the Stakeholders’ Chamber on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Photo from National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)

Photo from National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)

The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Philippines has officially become a member of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Stakeholders’ Chamber on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The NEDA Subcommittee on Sustainable Development Goals inaugurated forty-two (42) member organizations from various sectors dedicated to upholding the SDGs in the Philippines.

The Stakeholders Chamber is a platform for the Government to engage Non-Government partners to improve coordination, alignment and understanding, resource management, ownership and facilitate the emergence of well-aligned partnerships for the achievement of the SDGs. The Chamber is the avenue for policy dialogue, stakeholder mapping, increasing awareness and support for the SDGs. The Philippine National Committee of ICOMOS is the sole member of the Chamber whose global expertise works for the conservation and protection of cultural and natural heritage worldwide. ICOMOS is an advisory group of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and ICOMOS Philippines also holds a seat on the National Committee on Monuments and Sites, of the National Commission of Culture and Arts (NCCA).

The membership will be effective  for the Fiscal Year 2022, and subject to renewal. The Board of Trustees appointed Sustainable Development Goals Working Group (SDGWG)’s EnP. Marybeth “Chen” R. Mencias as its Permanent Representative. Ar. Harvey Vasquez and Dr. Laya Boquiren-Gonzales as the Alternate Representatives of ICOMOS Philippines.

Photo prepared by ICOMOS Philippines

EnP. Mencias represented ICOMOS Philippines during the Pledging Ceremony last April 7, 2022, Thursday, at Aboitiz Equity Ventures Head Office, NAC Tower, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Photo from EnP. Marybeth “Chen” R. Mencias

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, fellow representatives Ar. Harvey Vasquez and Dr. Laya Boquiren-Gonzales attended the Pledging Ceremony remotely.

To know more about NEDA’s initiative, kindly visit this link.

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ICOMOS Philippines established the National Sustainable Development Goals Working Group (SDGWG)

In January 2021, ICOMOS Philippines appointed National Representatives to ICOMOS International SDGWG eventually establishing the National Sustainable Development Goals Working Group (SDGWG PH). At present, it is now composed of ten (10) ICOMOS members. 

The Sustainable Development Goals Working Group of ICOMOS Philippines (SDGWG PH) coordinates ICOMOS response to the 2030 Agenda, through advocacy, policy, and localizing of the SDGs. SDGWG PH looks into the important role of culture and heritage as a driver and enabler of the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. It believes that Culture and Heritage supports the achievement of all the 17 SDGs. The linkages of Culture and Heritage starts at Target 11.4 to “strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage to make our cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, but it also enables the achievement of various SDG targets. This belief is anchored from the ICOMOS International Policy Guidance for the Sustainable Development Goals

SDGWG PH through the PAMANA 2030 (Heritage 2030) Campaign aims to develop a policy guidance document to localize the “ICOMOS International Policy Guidance document for Heritage and Sustainable Development Goals” from 2021 to 2023. 

TEAM, 2021-23: 

Ar. Kenneth Tua  is the Policy Guidance Manager / Task Team Coordinator. With him as Task Team members are LAr. Gabriel Caballero, EnP. Chen Reyes-Mencias, Dr. Laya Boquiren-Gonzales, IDr. Mylene Lising, Ar. Harvey Vasquez, Ar. Claudia Isabelle Montero, and LAr. Cris Justine Ugalino, and as local members are: Ms. April Dopeño and Mr. Nicanor Germono.

Know more about the people behind the ICOMOS Philippines SDGWG:

PAMANANG PASIG: A Heritage Impact Assessment of the PAREX

In September 2021, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and San Miguel Corporation (SMC) signed the Supplemental Toll Operations Agreement (STOA) for the Pasig River Expressway (PAREX), a 19.37-kilometer six-lane, all elevated expressway over the Pasig River as a solution to Manila’s traffic problems.

The Pasig river, and the many  historic buildings along its banks are our heritage. The PAREX sacrifices our river heritage for benefits that are still unproven, and with impacts that are still unsubstantiated.

Pamanang Pasig  is a heritage impact assessment forum on the Pasig River and heritage buildings along its banks.   Experts  discuss the historical, aesthetic and social significance of the river  and the impact the Pasig River Expressway (PAREX) will have on these values. Experts will also discuss the Impact on traffic,  disaster risk management,  health, ecology, and society.  Global examples of freeways constructed over or along riverbanks,  now being torn down for more sustainable and people-centered alternatives, will be presented.  

The goal of this forum series is to enable a broader perspective on the PAREX. By  providing multidisciplinary and data-driven discussions by experts, we hope to invite more conversations and provide more facts for people to decide if this benefits our city.

Here is a statement that ICOMOS Philippines co-authored:

Register at: https://tinyurl.com/fb8zf4ym

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ICOMOS Philippines’ PAMANA 2030 – Press Release

ICOMOS is participating at the ICOMOS Philippines – Sustainable Development Goals Working Group’s Campaign Launch for the Philippine Heritage and the 17 SDGs, “𝗣𝗔𝗠𝗔𝗡𝗔 𝟮𝟬𝟯𝟬: 𝗨𝗻𝗺𝗮𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗗𝗚𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁”, with expert contributions as speakers to the online webinar. 

SDGsWG Philippines established the PAMANA 2030 together with ICOMOS Philippines as part of localizing the ICOMOS International Policy Guidance document for the SDGs to provide baseline information of the context of Philippine Heritage to support Local Government Units (LGUs) and to show that heritage can be a driver and enabler of inclusive, equitable, Sustainable Development.

𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝗹𝗮𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗺𝗲

For the first time, ICOMOS Philippines will be localizing the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the Philippine Heritage! Join Philippine Heritage practitioners & advocates, government officials / public servants, Local Government Units (LGUs), academicians, students, and other stakeholders across the Philippines for five presentations and speeches on 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟭𝟲, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭, 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝟯 – 𝟱 𝗣𝗠 (+𝟴 𝗚𝗠𝗧) 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲.

The presentations include the potentialities of the SDGs for Heritage, its inclusion in the United Nations Agenda 2030 and mobilization for the Decade of Action, and ICOMOS Philippines’ efforts in localizing the 17 SDGs for the Philippine Heritage.

The following ICOMOS members will present: Ms. Maria Cristina Paterno, MS, President and Board of Trustee of ICOMOS Philippines; Emeritus Prof. Arch. Sofia Avgerinou Kolonia, PhD, Former Chairperson of the Sustainable Development Goals Working Group (SDGWG) International 2016 – 2017; LArch’t. Gabriel Victor Caballero, MA WHS, Current Focal Point for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of ICOMOS International; and Arch’t. Kenneth J. Tua, UAP, MSc – MA DYCLAM+, MA CDIR, Task Team Coordinator, SDGWG Philippines. To be moderated by Dr. Laya Boquiren – Gonzales, PhD, Policy Guidance Task Team Member, SDGsWG Philippines.

With a keynote speech from Her Excellency Atty. Maria Leonor “Leni” Gerona Robredo, 14th and incumbent Vice President of the Philippines, Office of the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines.

The campaign launch webinar is being held by ICOMOS Philippines and SDGWG Philippines. For more information, please like and follow the official campaign Facebook page and to register for the webinar, visit the link here: PAMANA 2030 Registration Form

Again, join us! Watch as the following advocates and experts invite you in the Campaign Launch: Ms. Maria Cristina PaternoArch’t. Dominic GaliciaArch’t. Gerard Lico, PhDDr. Boy AbundaMrs. Sarah Tua Geronimo – Guidicelli, Mr. Matteo Guidicelli and many more! Please ‘Like & Follow’ the PAMANA 2030 Facebook page!

New Intern: Rhizza Mae B. Comandante (September 2021)

Rhizza Mae B. Comandante is an undergraduate student from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines taking a Bachelor of Arts in History. She is a student and research assistant at the PUP Center of Human Rights and Studies. She is an active member of the PUP-Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Kasaysayan, and an active deputy of the Kabataan Partylist, a youth partylist group in the Philippine congress.  Despite her numerous responsibilities outside the university, she is a consistent President’s and Dean’s Lister and a scholar of the Taguig City Government.

Her research interests focus primarily on (1) Local History; for the aspiration to give limelight to the collective struggles and experiences of the grass-root masses and Indigenous people, (2) Cultural Heritage; as she believes that the long-standing history of the people is reflected on their Cultural Heritage, and (3) Asian Studies; because she wanted to acquire an interdisciplinary understanding in studying the diverse culture and profound history of the Asian countries.

She joined the ICOMOS Philippines Internship Program because of the belief that this institution will help her achieve her utmost goal: to serve the Filipino people. As a scholar, she would like to amplify the voice of the Filipino masses and Indigenous communities by studying their remarkable history and culture, by contributing to the conservation of their Cultural Heritage and traditions, and lastly, by advocating that history must be accessible to the general public. Under the program, she hopes to create a significant contribution to the organization with the guidance of the ICOMOS Philippines mentors.

New Intern: Jake Advincula (August – October 2021)

Jake is a graduate student currently taking up MA Philippine Studies at the University of the Philippines Asian Center. Having graduated BS Communications Technology Management from the Ateneo de Manila University, he is passionate about how marketing, design, and heritage all intersect and inform the Philippine cultural identity. 

With ICOMOS, he hopes that his internship will deepen his understanding of heritage work in the country, as well as provide him an opportunity to contribute. He believes that heritage is an important part of realizing and appreciating who we are as Filipinos.

New Intern: Novo Mickey M. Mitra (September 2021)

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Novo Mickey M. Mitra is an undergraduate student from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Manila studying Bachelor of Arts in History. She is an active officer of the student organization of the Department of History PUP ‘Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Kasaysayan’ as a year-level representative. Aside from school, she is an active officer and a member of a community organization ‘Rotaract Club of Culiat’ as Professional Service Director. She’s a consistent President’s Lister and a scholar. 

She joined a month Internship with ICOMOS Philippines because of her interest in studying culture in Traditions of the Philippines as well as Military History and the ruins that wars left in the soil of the Philippines. She believes that there is a world beyond books that she wants to discover in order to understand the diversified communities, their stories and their significance to each other. Like her program History, Heritage studies become closer to her heart as she met and read about the Indigenous People and their struggles about keeping their culture and Heritage in modern days and ICOMOS Philippines is one of the most powerful places to empower such ambition. She hopes to learn new things and knowledge outside her current program and contribute to the ICOMOS.

New Intern: Glyre Faeldonia (September – November 2021)

Glyre Treasure Faeldonia is an undergraduate student studying a degree in Human Geography at Lancaster University, UK. Aside from his studies, he is an active member in a number of student organisations that facilitate conversations and activities in international relations and cultural heritage in particular – and his proudest achievement is being recently accepted as a member of the European Students’ Association in Cultural Heritage!

Glyre wanted to get involved in the ICOMOS PH internship since he is impassioned with the policy-making, economic, and cultural-mapping aspects of Cultural Heritage. He also has a sharp interest in intangible heritage, with the main pursuits of preserving indigenous traditions and practices in the Philippines, on the main account that he comes from the Subanon people which further invigorates his enthusiasm! Furthermore, he aims to spread awareness to the British-based Filipinos of their rich heritage that is brilliant as it is abundant in the Philippines.

Throughout the duration of his internship, Glyre will be under the guidance of Tina Paterno to contribute in restructuring and repopulating the organisation’s e-library, as well as developing certain sections of the ICOMOS PH’s website. Further work also includes producing reports and assisting in reviews of certain issues pertinent in the field.

We are looking forward to Glyre’s work for ICOMOS Philippines. Welcome!