NHCP Director Maria Serena Diokno told The Manila Times they are still in the stage of retrieving all the debris, stones and other objects from the crumbled edifices.
The process is tedious because workers not only have to retrieve and store these valuable materials; they also have to document every piece of collected debris, she
said the pre-restoration process started in December.
"Once we get the scientific results from the detailed engineering and the soil tests, then we will draw up a restoration plan, and once that plan is completed, we will implement and actually start (the restoration work)," she
explained that workers have to label every piece of retrieved brick, stone or object so that they can identify where a brick or stone came from.
These materials will be put back in their original places.
"When we restore, we have to put them back on the same spot," Diokno
said that after the materials are labeled, they will have to be carefully put in storage.
said experts who are involved in the detailed engineering are either from the Philippines or abroad.
The NHCP and National Museum
will hold a series of meetings with the experts once scientific studies are finished.
said the NHCP
will rely heavily on the comprehensive study of the geologists.
noted that if geologists declare that the foundations of these churches are weak, then they may have to do some retrofitting, which may push the NHCP
to introduce "foreign materials" to ensure that the "foundation is protected and the walls won't collapse."
We really have to divide specific (tasks) and then maybe in June or July we may start to hold stakeholder discussions," Diokno