House lets museum spend more on operations

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THE National Museum may soon spend P5 million, or P3 million more, of its income on its operations.

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This developed after the House of Representatives approved House Bill (HB) 4214 or an Act Providing for the Retention and Utilization of the Income derived by the National Museum on third reading this week, amending Section 26 of the National Museum Act of 1998.

HB 4214 authorizes the National Museum to spend P5 million of its annual income for the upgrade and modernization of communication and transporta–tion facilities; repair and reha–bilitation of structures and facilities that house its offices, collections and acquisitions; updating its insurance payments; raising the level of its security equipment and funding expenses incurred in the reproduction or acquisition of cultural items, publications, creations, restora–tion and construction programs, planetarium programs and other auxiliary activities.

Under the previous law, the National Museum only gets a P2 million revolving fund for its operations.

The National Museum’s P5 million income for operations will come from proceeds of the sale of reproductions, cultural items, publications, creation, restoration, conservation, identification, earnings from planetarium programs, entrance fees and other auxiliary services.

HB 4214, however, bars the National Museum from spending the said P5 million on personnel services.

The authors of the measure include Representatives Rodolfo Biazon of Muntinlupa, Dan Fernandez of Laguna, Kimi Cojuangco of Pangasinan, Isidro Ungab of Davao City, Thelma Almario of Davao Oriental, Celso Lobregat of Zamboanga City, Leopoldo Bataoil of Pangasinan, Mariano Piamonte, Jr. of A-Teacher party-list, Joseph Violago of Nueva Ecija, Luigi Quisumbing of Cebu, Emil Ong of Northern Samar and Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado of Bulacan.

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