The Intramuros Administration was established in 1979, by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1616.

MANDATE: The IA is “responsible for the orderly restoration and development of Intramuros as a monument to the Hispanic period of our history. As such, it shall ensure that the general appearance of Intramuros shall conform to Philippine-Spanish architecture of the 16th to the 19th century.”

MISSION: The mission of IA is to protect and conserve the historical and cultural value and significance of Intramuros while advancing and guiding urban development within, and contributing to the strengthening of the Filipino’s national identity and sense of belonging and pride.

VISION: IA envisions Intramuros as model urban site of national historical and cultural heritage, sustaining people and life systems within, and contributing to national cultural and socio-economic progress.


IA’s powers and functions are stated in Section 3 of PD 1616 (as amended), among them:

  • Formulate, coordinate and/or execute policies on the implementation of all programs, projects and activities of the government affecting or relating to Intramuros–which includes the power to deputize any official or agency of the government to perform any of its specific functions or activities;
  • Initiate, plan, undertake and supervise the restoration, upkeep and maintenance of the Intramuros walls, including the ravelins, moat, Sunken Garden and public places, plazas, streets and other government-owned or managed properties within Intramuros;
  • Enter into contracts with any private person or entity or any Government agency, either domestic or foreign, whenever necessary for the effective discharge of its functions and responsibilities under such terms and conditions as it may deem proper and reasonable;
  • Prepare, adopt, revise and enforce rules and regulations, implementing guidelines and standards as are necessary for the effective regulation of the land use and development activities in Intramuros of both government and private entities and for the implementation of the Intramuros Plan