The idle Cagsawa Museum of Daraga gets a needed boost with a P50 million allocation from the National Museum of the Philippines.
The funds will be used for rehabilitation that will lead to its eventual reopening to the public as the regional branch of the institution.
Once operational, the local museum will continue its mission in serving as the repository of the cultural heritage including memorabilia, map, old photos and other valuable items and information about the ruins and Albay province.
NMP researcher Leo Batoon Sr said the project is a priority undertaking now with the NMP engineering division tasked on the design for the rehabilitation of the one storey building with a roof top which will complement as a viewing deck.
The structure forms part of the Cagsawa ruins complex earlier declared as a national cultural treasure in the province which is also set for rehabilitaton.
Like the ruins, the rehab works for the museum will also consider the archeological, geological, botanical and zoological features of the area.
Also involved in the project are the provincial agencies and offices in engineering, public safety and emergency, commission on the national language and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
The museum was temporarily closed and relocated to Tabaco City when it was destroyed by Typhoon Reming in 2006.
Built on a half-hectare land donated by the family of Severino Listana of Daraga, the town eventually turned over the property to the NMP.