Secretary Briones urges creation of local museums during inauguration of National Museum of Natural History

October 13, 2017

PASIG CITY, October 13, 2017 – In her speech during the ceremonies commemorating the completion of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones encouraged local government units (LGUs) and stakeholders to set up museums in their localities to reach out to all learners in the country.
The Education chief was the guest of honor, together with former president Fidel V. Ramos, during the museum’s inauguration on September 30.
“My only wish, and I suppose it will be a very difficult thing, is that all our 27 million learners somehow have an opportunity to visit this set of magnificent edifices,” Secretary Briones shared after applauding the structure which she described as beautiful and impressive. 
“I noticed that the National Museum is helping local governments, and I hope some of our friends and benefactors will think about it, and set up their own local museums,” she added.
A gift to the education sector
Secretary Briones also expressed her gratitude that the museum, which will serve as a preeminent center of education, science and culture, is not charging fees.
“And it’s a wonderful thing that children can come and marvel at the paintings of Juan Luna, look at the sculptures, and now, see physical evidence of what we are and what we were in this structure,” she relayed with enthusiasm. 
NMNH’s main attraction is the scenic “Tree of Life” structure made of glass and aluminum domes covering the entire courtyard, and Ramon Orlina’s “Paradise,” the unveiling of which was also led by the Secretary.
The open house also showed films entitled “Only in the Philippines: Our Natural Inheritance” and “Pioneering Naturalists in the Philippines” at the PHINMA exhibition halls, and highlighted the Bunawan replica of “Lolong,” the world’s largest crocodile in captivity per Guinness World Records, at the Ayala Reception Hall.
The museum’s collections,particularly the botanical and zoological exhibits, are seen to be a non-formal supplement to classroom learning in line with the implementation of DepEd’s enhanced curriculum – the K to 12 Basic Education Program.
Public-private partnerships
Secretary Briones noted that DepEd is only one of the institutional stakeholders of the National Museum, especially the NMNH.
National Museum Chairman Ramon del Rosario Jr.  also emphasized that NMNH is a remarkable example of a successful partnership between the national government and private businesses “for a project of national significance.”
Among the private sector benefactors acknowledged were Pilipinas Shell Foundation;Bloombery Cultural Foundation, Inc.; Phinma Group; Ayala Corp; Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc.; BDO Unibank, Inc.; Megaworld Foundation, Inc.; Sun Life Philippines Foundation, Inc.; Ramon and Milagros del Rosario family; First Philippine Holdings Corp; PLDT SMART Foundation, Inc.; Zuellig Family; Jesus V. Del Rosario Foundation, Inc.; Mercury Drug Corp; SGV Foundation, Inc.; and Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.
“Thank you donors, thank you, Filipino people, and friends of Filipino people for this great gift not only to us, but to our learners as well,” Secretary Briones said in culmination.