DAGUPAN CITY – The National Archives of the Philippines conducted a two-day seminar workshop on Records Recovery and Disaster Preparedness at the Lenox Hotel in Dagupan City on May 9 and 10.
The seminar aimed to provide technical assistance on the control, management and handling of all archival records by teaching the participants how to plan, organize as well as to be aware of procedures before, during, and after a disaster occurs.
The workshop’s initiative was based on the National Archives of the Philippines Act of 2007 or Republic Act 9470, which aims to protect, conserve, promote and popularize the nation’s historical and cultural heritage and resources.
With Pangasinan being named as one of the flood-prone provinces in the country, the NAP recognized the need for the preservation, recovery and protection of archives in all offices of the coastal cities and municipalities in the province.
As the center of economy in the North, Dagupan City was chosen as the venue for the seminar with records officers and office custodians from national and local agencies attending.
In her message, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez expressed the city’s support for the NAP’s initiative as the city is now pushing for the ISO 9001:2015 certification which would help organize and improve the efficiency of processes within the local government. The city is also pushing for the application of e-governance which would convert all systems into an electronic process.
Both measures could aid in easy storage and preservation of data which will be in support of the establishment of the new government center in Dagupan.
Mayor Fernandez also said the NAP’s aim is important for a coastal city like Dagupan as along with saving lives in times of disasters and calamities, it is also necessary to ensure the safekeeping of records and documents with archival value. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)