Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Ludivico Badoy, chair of the National Historical Commission unveiled formally today the marker declaring the city hall of Davao as historical site.
The simple rite in front of the city hall building was witnessed by department heads of the city government, local legislators, regional directors of line-government-agencies and members of the diplomatic corps.
The local government building was built as a municipal hall by the American government in 1926 eleven years before the place was declared as a chartered city by then President Manuel L. Quezon in 1937.
Duterte-Carpio thanked the NHC for affirming the city hall as a historical site.
She said the city government takes as part of its sworn duty to preserve the city hall building which shelters the governance for a long time.
“The building embodies not only the local governance but all that represent Davao City,” Duterte-Carpio said.
She said declaring the city hall as a historical site inspires its officials and government workers to work harder to serve the people.
Badoy disclosed that the NHC is willing to provide technical expertise to preserve the building and to renovate it to its original make up.
He said the building has been a silent witness to all government processes which government functionaries pursued throughout the years.
Badoy said the city hall is the latest infrastructure in the country declared as a historical site.
“We are grateful that the local government is able to preserve the building unlike in other areas where government structures are outmoded by modernization,” he said.
Badoy said that the conferment is timely with the 75th year founding anniversary of the city this year.
He said the historic marker will serve as a sign and inspiration that once in the lives of Davaoenos, the city hall has been part of olden times.
Badoy said the city hall depicts the design of the American architecture in 1926.
“We hope that the people of Davao will continue to preserve the integrity of the building not only for the present, but also for the future generation,” he said.
Duterte-Carpio and Badoy formally signed the contract of conferment and was witnessed by Atty. Zuleika Lopez, acting city administrator and Carminda Arevalo, executive director of the NHC.