On May 19, 2022, the National Archives of the Philippines (NAP) led by its Executive Director Victorino Mapa Manalo was welcomed by no less than the Director General of BuCor, USEC GERALD Q. BANTAG at the Director’s Quarters, NBP Reservation, Muntinlupa City. The courtesy call paved the way for the continuation of the initiatives in 2017 wherein early discussions were explored for some of BuCors records and documents to be included as national cultural treasures, which was temporarliy shelved due to change in management.
Both the BuCor and NAP agreed to give their full support and cooperation in the journey towards making some of the documents and records of BuCor as national cultural treasures. DG Bantag tasked the Records Chief, Engr. Carmela C. Paran to closely coordinate with the NAP in pursuing this endeavor and start the process to achieve said goal. NAP Executive Director pledged to assist the BuCor in the declaration of the American period collection of IPPF and SRPPF as national cultural treasures. NAP likewise expressed its full support and assistance in whatever technical concerns the Records Section of BuCor might encounter more so in its Records Disposition Schedule.
As a token of gratitude, Director Manalo handed a book on early ilocandia history to DG Bantag together with a set of cards depicting the same. It is with great interest that we see history being drawn before our own eyes as we start the journey that will forever be carved in our hearts and minds as a milestone is set and would be conquered eventually with the cooperation and goodwill of both agencies.”Reforming Lives, Community Thrives”