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Century-old building in Iloilo City gets timely facelift

THE old Commission on Audit (COA) Building in Iloilo City recently got the full preservation treatment, courtesy of a DOST-FPRDI wood ID team which identified wooden materials that can be used to restore the building, in collaboration with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). The project identified the tree species used in the structural wooden structures and movable woodcrafts in the Old COA building.

SPRUCING UP THE OLD LADY. Facade of the Commission on Audit (COA) building in Iloilo City.

“To come up with a feasible  restoration plan, NHCP needs to know the type of materials that make up the wooden structures,” explained team Leader Dr. Ramiro P. Escobin. “One hundred thirty items consisting of 14 species were identified by the DOST-FPRDI Team with relatively high accuracy using the traditional, practical and standard methods in wood structure identification,” he added.

PAINSTAKING WORK. Using a flashlight and hand lens, a member of the DOST-FPRDI Team examines the wood used for a stair step.

The NHCP is reviving the historic building, which used to be a symbol of progressive commerce in Iloilo. The edifice is now part of a national heritage zone.

Topics: Commission on Audit (COA) Building , Iloilo City , DOST-FPRDI wood ID team , National Historical Commission of the Philippines

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