Bigger Museo Dabawenyo being eyed at People’s Park

Lawmakers are close to realizing the dream of building a bigger Museo Dabawenyo inside the five-hectare People’s Park.

Councilor Melchor B. Quitain, chair of the committee on rules, privileges, laws, and ordinances, said the city government will enter into a memorandum of agreement with the National Museum for the new Museo Dabawenyo.
Under the agreement, the city government will shoulder the expenses of the construction while the National Museum will provide technical assistance.
In the proposed MOA, the National Museum shall provide basic museum administration and management, through seminars, training, mentoring, and coaching activities, education and familiarization tours.
Particularly, the National Museum will enhance the existing museum policies and protocols, proper distribution of museum spaces according to existing exhibitions, and development of a collections management manual, and an operations manual.
The institution shall also develop and improve the facilities and exhibitions, provide for preventive conservation of museum artifacts and other materials or documents, staff development activities, create dynamic and responsive museum programs, and conceptualize activities to raise additional funds for the museum.
The Office of the President has granted a funding of P100 million for the construction of the Museo Dabawenyo to address the need of a wider space to accommodate the increasing number of guests and collection, as well as to cluster city government-owned tourism-related facilities for the benefit and convenience of the general public.
The design and specifications of the building is still finalized but it will be at par with the other museums in the country.

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