This presentation is about the controversy on the how and why of conservation of the Alberto House in Biñan, Laguna, Philippines, the 200-year old ancestral home of the mother of the Philippines's national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. The government, both at the national and local levels, as well as civil society and the media, have exerted efforts to prevent the sale and dismantling of the structure and its transfer to another location by a heritage resort developer. The interest of the owner in the house as private property vis-à-vis the national interest of heritage conservation is examined within what clarity and adequacy a new legal framework can offer: the recently enacted National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009 (Republic Act 10066). Some conclusions and recommendations are offered.
Ms. Imelda Baleta
Asian Development Bank, Manila
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