The city government will start the construction of the new Museo Dabawenyo at the People’s Park mid next year. Museo Dabawenyo is Davao City’s home of artifacts.
Orly Escarilla, who oversees the city’s only public museum, told Mirror he expects the construction to start the first quarter of 2018. He said the project would still be bid out.
“Hopefully before mid of next year construction will start. As of the moment, we are still submitting the requirements to Malacañang,” he said.
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will fund the project at P100 million, which is intended for the building only at the sunken area of the park.
When fully operational, Escarilla said his office will enhance the galleries and presentation of the artifacts.
Presently located along Magallanes St, the Museo Dabawenyo building was formerly the Court of First Instance. It was restored and rehabilitated to showcase the rich history and diverse cultural heritage of the people of Davao. Funded by the Special Education Fund of the Local School Board, the museum first opened to the public during the 71st Araw ng Davao grand opening celebration in 2008.
When the new Museo will be completed, Escarilla said the City Engineers Office (CEO) will move the old building. Maya M. Padillo