THE Philippine government collaborated with a German-based company for the first time in a clean-up of the shrine of national hero, Jose Rizal, at the Luneta Park on Thursday in preparation for the Rizal Day celebration on December 30.
“It is the first time that we are going to do this, and this is part of our preparation for the Rizal Day celebration,” said Deputy Executive Director Carminda Arevalo of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).
The NHCP coordinated with the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) and Karcher, a cleaning company from Germany, to work on the Rizal Monument for two days, which started early Thursday.
Karcher also donated a high pressure washer worth P800,000 to NCHP, which would be used in cleaning the monument.
Zurich Fernandez, Karcher Country Manager, said his company hoped to clean and restore other monuments and national landmarks in the Philippines.
Arevalo said the NHCP welcomed the initiative but said that the commission would be “supervising all restorative works.”
At the same time, Arevalo said the NHCP was doing research on the proposed plan by Karcher.
“This technology should be used with caution, we should check and monitor if this will go along our locally available materials, overall we are grateful” said Rommel Aquino, NHCP researcher.
The Rizal Shrine is one of 00 historical monuments that Karcher would help restore under its ongoing global initiative “Karcher Cleans the World.”
Among Karcher’s projects were Mount Rushmore in the US, London Eye in UK, and the Merlion at Sentosa in Singapore. ASHLEY JOSE