In November 2017, the Philippines was elected as a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO.
The Republic of the Philippines won mandates to the World Heritage Committee twice, serving the term 1991-19-2017.
This performance indicator starts in 1971, where the first UNESCO list (biosphere reserve) was made.
Administration of Ferdinand Marcos (1 designation in 16 years) The National Commission for Culture and the Arts and other heritage agencies (National Museum of the Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, and others), are the prime nominators of the Republic of the Philippines, though other entities can nominate sites in the tentative list as well, such as universities and NGOs.
Their unique architectural style is a reinterpretation of European Baroque by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen.
The Tubbataha Reef Marine Park covers 130,028 ha, including the North and South Reefs.
The Republic of the Philippines first became a committee member from 1991 up to 1997, where 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country were enlisted in heritage list.
Its first committee membership also brought the first site declaration in the country and the most site declarations in a given time frame.
The bill is backed by all cultural agencies of government, however, it was shaken from the original timeline due to political tensions during the death penalty debates and voting in late 2016.
The Philippines, following its ratification of the convention on Thursday, September 19, 1985, made its historical and natural sites eligible for inclusion on the list.