PHILIPPINE LAWS, STATUTES AND CODES - CHAN ROBLES VIRTUAL LAW LIBRARY
PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO. 1726-A - PROVIDING GUIDELINES ON TREASURE HUNTING
hidden treasures buried for years or centuries underground have in most
cases been found to be possessed of great cultural significance aside
from their monetary values;chanroblesnad CaHcET
WHEREAS, there should be appropriate guidelines for hunting hidden treasures to protect the interest of the government and preserve the cultural heritage of our people;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution, do hereby order and decree:
Section 1.chanroblesnad Any provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, treasure hunting in government properties or portions of the public domain shall not be allowed, except upon prior authority of the President of the Philippines.
Sec. 2.chanroblesnad Any person desiring to hunt hidden treasures in government properties or portions of the public domain must first file an application for a permit with the Legal Office, Office of the President and shall sign a contract governing the disposition of all monies, articles and things of value which may be found.
Sec. 3.chanroblesnad A Committee is hereby created to be composed of three members, namely, the Commanding General, Presidential Security Command, or his duly authorized representative who shall represent the government; another, to be designated by the permittee and a third member to be designated by the first two members, who shall be the chairman.
Sec. 4.chanroblesnad The Committee shall oversee the digging or excavation and shall take possession of all monies, things or articles of value which may be found and provide for their safekeeping at the expense of the permittee.
Sec. 5.chanroblesnad All monies, articles and things of value which may be found shall be disposed in accordance with the following procedure:
a)chanroblesnad A portion shall be sold by the Committee, if necessary, to pay the compensation or allowance of the members of said Committee and experts employed, if any.
b)chanroblesnad After making the above deductions, the remainder shall be divided equally between the government and the permittee-finder. If the treasures consist of war spoils or booty or any thing of value buried by Imperial Japanese Forces during the last World World War, the treasure shall be divided as follows: Seventy-five per cent for the government and twenty-five per cent for the permittee-finder.chanroblesnad ECSHID
Sec. 6.chanroblesnad Any government property damaged or destroyed during the digging or excavation shall be repaired or restored at the expense of the permittee.
Sec. 7.chanroblesnad Treasures found in private properties shall be governed by the Civil Code.
Sec. 8.chanroblesnad Paragraph 5 b of Letter of Implementation No. 47, and all laws, decrees, orders, rules or regulations inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed, amended or modified accordingly.
Sec. 9.chanroblesnad This Decree shall take effect immediately.chanroblesnad ECcTaH
Done in the City of Manila, this 1st day of October in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and eighty.
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