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DILG chief Sueno wants measures implemented for speedy recovery of public documents

Dec 19, 2016 @ 10:56

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael Sueno called on all local government units (LGUs) to create contingency measures for the speedy recovery of public documents after a disaster.

“Government records are sacred in public administration and governance” and that National Archives of the Philippines (NAP) should be consulted when attempting to perform restoration activities on public documents as this may unintentionally do more damage to the records,” he said.

The mandate of the NAP is to assist agencies in calamities, emergencies and disasters to protect and salvage vital government records and archives affected by a catastrophe.

All provincial governors, city, municipal mayors and punong barangays are urged to coordinate with the NAP for technical assistance on appropriate restoration.

Further, LGUs must coordinate with the NAP for possible rehabilitation measures of non-paper materials such as photographic, magnetic and other electronic media.

“Photo-document all procedures of recovery measures for reporting purposes,” Sueno said.

The DILG secretary also reminded that willfully or negligently damage of a public record or disposes of or destroys a public record shall be deemed to have committed an offense punishable by law in violation of Republic Act No. 9470 known as “National Archives of the Philippines Act of 2007”.

The DILG and NAP gave tenets on records recovery such as undertaking work that will not endanger human lives and to proceed only when everything is safe and secured.

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