BAGUIO CITY – the National Archives of the Philippines (NAP), the leading body in the protection and rationalization of records keeping in the country held their session in this mountain city this week.
More or less three hundred participants from all over the Philippines comprising Department and division heads, local chief executives, record officers, record custodians and other government workers in charge of government records converged in Hotel Veniz for the seminar on Basic records and archives management.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan, who was the guest of honor, welcomed the group last July 24 with the admission that he is not an expert when it comes to records keeping.
The mayor said, ‘he values the important work of the record keepers which are oftentimes unheralded yet is being wholeheartedly done for the country’.
‘That is why I am here as someone who offers a moral support, a member of the cheering squad who believes in the importance of what you are doing’, he quipped.
Domogan said, ‘vital information, weather good or bad must be kept as they are part of government assets’.
The mayor said records is the life blood of any organization.
The seminar delved mainly on records creation and control in government including integration of the National Records management Information System (NRMIS), mail administration, files administration, records disposition administration, records center administration, archives administration and security of records.
The NAP is the central agency which is tasked in guaranteeing that documents and records of the government are preserved and accessible to the public.
Their main responsibility is preserving the primary source of the country’s history and basic components of cultural heritage.
Republic Act 9470 or the National Archives of the Philippines Act of 2007 is the first archival legislation in the country.
The law strengthened the government’s records keeping system and administration program.
The NAP is presently the home of about sixty million documents from centuries of Spanish rule in the Philippines, the American and Japanese occupation and years of history of the republic. ***paul rillorta