The Intramuros Administration (IA) proudly presents the 2021 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Presidential Decree No. 1616, which has been published at the Official Gazette of the Philippines in its Vol. 118 No. 3. issue on 17 January 2022.

This is the first amendment to the IRR since its adoption in 1981, and is a product of four years of hard work, research, and consultation. First set into motion in 2018, the revised IRR puts premium to the following considerations: (1) the spirit, essence, intent and mandate of Presidential Decree No. 1616 which granted Intramuros the title “Monument to the Hispanic Period of Philippine History;” (2) the 2019 Conservation Management Plan; and (3) IA’s vision for Intramuros as “a model urban site of national historical and cultural heritage, sustaining people and life systems within, and contributing to national cultural and socio-economic progress.”

Innovations include: (1) Measures to ensure inclusivity for all stakeholders, including the elderly, persons with disability, and other persons with special needs; (2) Revisions in architectural guidelines to ensure greater historical appropriateness; (3) Revisions in land use regulations to ensure greater sensitivity to the economic conditions of IA stakeholders; (4) Provisions to ensure disaster risk resiliency; (4) Updates to reflect current procedures in government; and (5) Provisions to mitigate against abuse and circumvention in the old 1981 IRR.