The cultural heritage mapping project of the third district of Leyte commenced in December 2019 with an orientation of stakeholders, including representatives from the Provincial Government, DOT Region 8, academic institutions, the different towns, and DepEd.University of Santo Tomas Graduate School-Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment (USTGS-CCCPET) Director Dr. Eric Zerrudo trained more than 70 mappers representing the 5 municipalities of this district, namely, Villaba, Leyte, San Isidro, Calubian, and Tabango.

The Local Government of the Province of Leyte appreciates Cultural Heritage Mapping as an important stage in the overall effort geared towards local development. During the first module, Congressman Ching Veloso reflects on how mapping the unique culture and distinct assets of each town will be fundamental to opening up various opportunities for development through tourism.  Mapping is also seen as a tool to address the urgent need to promote the district, which is known to be the “black hole” of Leyte as it is relatively unknown compared to its more popular neighbors such as Ormoc and Tacloban. Concretely, the mapping data will be used to develop the Master Plan for Leyte’s 3rd District.

The project is set to finish by the second quarter of the 2020.