Researchers, historians and students may soon conveniently access records, documents, manuscripts and records artifacts from the National Archives of the Philippines as the agency migrates its priceless collection into digitalized formats and copies as a strategic move for archival preservation.

According to National Archives executive director Victorino Mapa Manalo, the office’ archival preservation division is entrusted to “prolong the life” of some 13 million Spanish paper documents saved from the 16th century, and approximately 40 to 50 million files from the First Philippine Republic to the present.

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