The Intramuros Administration has set up its strategic directions for the short-term and the long-term development of the historic district of Intramuros for 2017 and beyond.
The short-term strategic directions of the Administration is set from the first six months of the term of the Administrator in 2017 to the second quarter of 2018, and will comprise of the immediately doable, including projects for implementation or those that are already being implemented. The doables for 2018 are as follows: (1) first is the improvement of local and national roads under the Tourism Road Convergence Project, which will cover a total of 26,773 sq. meters of land area; (2) second, the implementation of the Traffic Mobility Plan, which was commissioned by the World Bank in 2014; (3) third, the completion of infrastructure projects, which covers the Maestranza Curtain Wall Chambers, the conclusion of the Museo de Intramuros, the completion of the Fort Santiago Rehabilitation project, and the completion of the restoration of the Casa Azul as the soon to open new home of the Instituto Cervantes; (4) fourth, the engagement of the community, including the implementation of the vending plan, the expansion of mobility, the improvement of regulations on the pedicab, and the improvement of community relations; and (5) fifth the embarkation of the Administration in the improvement of the existing regulatory systems being observed, will be done by adopting the Quality Management System (QMS), with the end in view of being certified as a QMS agency.
The long-term plans, on the other hand, are focused on (1) the creation and maintenance of a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for Intramuros, which shall be based on the UNESCO Framework for Urban Heritage, and the Intramuros Identity and Urban Design Guidelines; and (2) the Real Property Consolidation and Redevelopment Strategy (RP CaReS), which shall include as component the address to the long unsettled issue on the informal settlers in Intramuros.
The following where considered in the planning process behind the strategic plans: (1) the history and context of Intramuros as a cultural and historical site; (2) the actual land use of Intramuros; (3) Informal settlements; (4) the problems brought about by Urbanization on the district as a heritage site; and (5) the conservation and resiliency of the built structures and tangible heritage.
The strategic directions were drafted at the conclusion of the first 100 days of the Administrator, and was approved by the Board of Intramuros during its first formal meeting in July 2017.
The Board of Administrators is the responsible body for the policies and activities of the Administration. The Board is currently composed of the Administrator of Intramuros, who acts as chief executive; Secretary of the Department of Tourism (DOT), who serves as Chairman; the Mayor of the City of Manila, the Executive Director of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP); Secretary of the Department of Finance (DOF); the Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA); the Chairperson of the Metro Manila Development Authority (NEDA); and the respective Chief Operating Officers of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB).