UST GS CCCPET launches Heritage Forum on Dumaguete Reclamation project

The UST Graduate School Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and the Environment in the Tropics (UST GS CCCEPET) will conduct the nation-wide Heritage Forum on the controversial 174 hectare Dumaguete reclamation project on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

The Heritage Forum program serves as an on-line platform for the public, particularly the academe, industry and community,  to discuss views on heritage contestation in the country. With this Episode 6, its main objective is to raise environmental, legal, developmental, moral and heritage issues addressed to the Dumaguete City Government to stop the massive development project.

Messages of solidarity will come from Most Rev. Julito Cortes DD, Chair of CBCP Episcopal Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church (CBCP-ECCHC) and Bishop of the Diocese of Dumaguete; Dr. Angel Alcala, National Scientist and former Secretary of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); Dr. Romell Seronay, President of the Philippine Association of Marine Sciences (PAMS); EnP Joy Hakcholna, President of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP) and Atty. Gerthie Anda, Executive Director of the Environmental Legal Action Center (ELAC)-Palawan.

The roster of speakers will be composed of Archt. Michael Manalo, NCCA Sub-commission for Cultural Heritage; Archt. Paulo Alcazaren, Environmental Planner; Dr. Rene Abesamis, Director of the Silliman University – Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management (SUAKCREM); Atty Golda Benjamin, Silliman University College of Law; Dr. Raymundo Rovillos, Chair-Creative Baguio City Council and former Chancellor-UP Baguio and Ms. Eva Marie Singson-Medina, former Mayor of the World Heritage City of Vigan.

The opening prayer will be led by Fr. Hermel Pama OP while the closing prayer will be shared by Fr. Earl Cura CICM. This UST GS CCCPET initiative is supported  by the CBCP-ECCHC, Diocese of Dumaguete, Silliman University, PAMS, PIEP, United Architects of the Philippines (UAP)-Dumaguete, San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Heritage Conservation Society (HCS), Advocates for Heritage Preservation (AHP), Herencia and Leon Gallery.

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