INAH must make the restoration work of the Puebla Temple transparent, after the 2017 earthquakes

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) must make transparent all documents related to the restoration works inside and outside the Temple of the Lord of Esquipulas, in Tezonteopan de Bonilla, Puebla, derived from the damage suffered by the property after the September 2017 earthquakes.

This was ordered by the authorities of the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI), when resolving an appeal for review filed by an individual, who requested said information, which was refused, on the grounds that “The property is being restored, so once this work is completed, it will be possible to deliver the requested information”.

“We consider that providing the required information promotes institutional responsibility to generate timely and quality information that contributes to enhancing its usefulness since it will allow us, both in terms of accountability and transparency, to help citizens participate in the cultural heritage to which it belongs and testifies to the work that the dependencies carry out for its conservation”, warned the commissioner Josefina Román Vergara.

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During the presentation of the call for review before the Plenary, Román Vergara stressed that it is a question that allows us to reflect on the need to access information related to the conservation of the cultural heritage of our country. . “It is important to say that the culture of the people constitutes a heritage that we must protect, preserve, study and disseminate and, both society and institutions, we must guarantee its conservation.”

The Commissioner shared that in our country, historical monuments are buildings which, due to their ancient, historical or artistic value, must be preserved for the knowledge and enjoyment of present and future generations. In addition, from the legal point of view, the constructions generated between the 16th and 19th centuries, thus declared by the President of the Republic, are recognized as historical monuments; however, we may also recognize as historic buildings those that our community considers valuable in representing their history or cultural identity.

He said that said property located in Tezonteopan de Bonilla, Puebla, corresponds to one of the 518 temples that in the state were damaged due to the earthquake of September 19, 2017 and that due to its characteristics architectural features, it is considered part of our cultural heritage, so, of course, its conservation is necessary.

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By virtue of the above, the INAI Plenary has decided to modify the INAH response so that it carries out a new exhaustive search in the competent administrative units, such as the INAH Center in Puebla, and provides the information requested from the applicant, that is, is, the public version of all the documents that make up the file on the restoration works carried out in the aforementioned temple, to remedy the damage suffered by the property as a result of the earthquakes of land in September 2017.

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