I filed Draft Provincial Resolution No. 2009-01-122 declaring the Laoag Central Elementary School an Important Cultural Property.
It is said to be too controversial, so is referred to the committee on laws for further review.
A new proposal is filed. This time, an ordinance (imposing a moratorium in any demolition and construction involving a cultural property), introduced by the Committees on Laws and Tourism AND covering not only LCES but the provincial capitol and other nearby buildings as well--thereby superceding my earlier resolution.
A public hearing is called (see picture above). All stakeholders attend, including the principal, the parents, the business community, barangay chairmen, some city councilors, THE MAYOR, and the entire Farinas clan.
The National Historical Institute sent an architect and an engineer.
I asked them to verify if the LCES is indeed a Gabaldon school. They certify that it is.
Arguments in favor and against are voiced out by the stakeholders. The joint committee, under the leadership of BM Salenda and BM Lazo take not of all comments.
After a few amendments, the Provincial Board passes the measure on 2nd Reading. IN FAVOR: Barba, Chua, Nalupta, Marcos, Salenda, Ranada, Ablan, Castro, Galano, Lazo. AGAINST: Farinas. ABSTAIN: Ong-Sin.
Later, the measure is passed on 3rd Reading. Same voting profile. 10-1-1.
Draft Provincial Ordinance No. 2009-02-083 is APPROVED.
Awaiting signature of the Governor. Then publication. After 15 days, the law takes effect.
Hopefully, that's enough to save the school.