TANGGAPAN NG PANGULO NG PILIPINAS
(OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES)
PROCLAMATION NO. 996
DECLARING THE TABON CAVE COMPLEX AND ALL OF LIPUUN POINT IN QUEZON, PALAWAN, AS A SITE MUSEUM RESERVATION.
WHEREAS, the Tabon Cave Complex in Palawan has yielded archeological evidence of our past and of man’s habitation of these caves, found on scientific scrutiny to be about 40,000 years old, by far the oldest known habitation of man at this time;
WHEREAS, because of their historical and cultural value the artifacts have been restored in the caves as close as possible to the original site for visitors to see and ponder upon; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to protect the caves and the immediate vicinity from deforestation, denudation and collapse of the caves for posterity;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare the area technically known as “Block Q, Palawan Timberland,” situated at Lipuun Point, Quezon, Palawan, as a Site Museum Reservation under the administration of the National Museum.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
Done in the City of Manila, this 11th day of April, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy-two.
SGD.) FERDINAND E. MARCOS
Republic of the Philippines
By the President:
(SGD.) ALEJANDRO MELCHOR