MANILA, Philippines – Department of Tourism (DOT) chief Christina Frasco announced Tuesday that the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) has expressed interest in using the fire-hit Manila Central Post Office as a “cultural corridor.”
Frasco made the announcement during the Senate Finance Committee’s deliberations on the proposed 2024 budget of DOT and its affiliated agencies.
According to Frasco, after the Manila Post Office was razed in May, the DOT immediately contacted PhilPost, along with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the National Museum.
“That resulted in a convergence meeting where we all offered our assistance, as well as the assistance of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) for whatever it is they need, in the short term at first to protect the integrity of the structure . ” said Frasco.
“(W)e also discussed the use of the post office in Manila. (A) According to the PhilPost, they are open to using the property not merely as a post office anymore but as a mixed-use facility that would result in the creation of a cultural corridor within the City of Manila, especially considering that the proximity to other heritage sites such as Intramuros,” Frasco added.
Frasco then said that TIEZA is now funding the “detailed engineering design” for the immediate intervention required by the Post Office to ensure that no further damage will occur as a result of the fire.
In addition to immediate action, the DOT chief also emphasized that “discussions are now underway” to determine the future of the property.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection said in June that there is no foul play behind the fire that destroyed the century-old post office on May 21, 2023.
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