MANILA, April 12, 2016— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle announced new procedures for any major building or renovation programs with a cost estimate in excess of Php200,000 in the Archdiocese of Manila.
In a letter to pastors, school directors, and institutional heads, he revealed the establishment of an engineering department that will assist the archdiocese in the construction or renovation of church facilities.
He said the archdiocese felt the want of professional guidance and direction in this area “since as priests and religious, construction is not our main competence.”
“Thus, our Engineering Department will help ease our concerns,” said Tagle, adding that the new policy covers construction projects in parishes, schools, chapels, retreat centers, cemeteries, dormitories, etc.
In the circular, among the guidelines spelled out stated that all construction projects will have to be reviewed and approved by the cardinal with the help of the archdiocese’s properties administration department (PAD).
If the construction or renovation involves churches, especially altar, or chapels or oratories, Tagle said the archdiocese’s Commission on Liturgy shall first review the plans and endorse them to PAD.
“The final plan will serve as a master plan to be followed even if there will be a new parish priest or director.”
“Proposed changes of the approved plan will need approval again from the Archbishop of Manila thru Moderator Curiae’s office,” he said. (R. Lagarde / CBCPNews)