Last June 26 to 28, the National Archives of the Philippines (NAP) was represented by Mr. Michael C. Francisco, Chief Archivist, in a series of meetings of the Asociación Latinoamericana de Archivos (ALA) and the 18th Intergovernmental Committee Meeting of the Iberarchivos-ADAI Program. There were representatives of national and private archives from 14 Latin-American and European countries in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. These countries were Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Nicaragua, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Peru, Puerto Rico, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal and Uruguay. There were also officials from the Subregional Office of the Secretaria General Iberoamericana (SEGIB) in Mexico and the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional y de Desarrollo (AECID).
From the morning to midday of June 26 to 27, the Annual General Assembly of ALA was held. Some of the resolutions adopted were on the following topics.
1. Approval of the Strategic Plan of ALA for 2015 to 2019.
2. Creation of a digital repository of the contributions of Latin American countries to the international archival community.
3. Support and promotion of the activities of the Subsidiary Committee of the Conference of the States Parties to the UNESCO Convention of 1970 on combating the illicit trafficking of documentary heritage.
4. Strengthening of archival and academic networks in Latin America, with the objective of developing research projects and dissemination of results.
5. Strengthen the Communication Plan Association and position through #Sinergia ALA.
6. Promotion of close cooperation between ALA and the Memory of the World Program of UNESCO.
7. Approval of the holding of the Annual Conference of the International Council on Archives (ICA) in Mexico City in 2017, in coordination with ALA.
From midday of the 27th and the 28th, the 18th Meeting of the Iberarchivos-ADAI Program was held. Among the first of many agreements reached was the election of Ms. Marthe M. Ferriol Marchena, Director General of the National Archives of Cuba, as the Chair of the Intergovernmental Committee of the program. Moreover, the other agreements reached during the meeting are as follows.
1. The Iberarchivos-ADAI Program will support Ecuador in the recovery of records of the Manabi Archives damaged by the 2016 earthquake.
2. Approval of 47 new projects that will benefit the archives of 15 Latin American countries.
3. For the first time, the Philippines, participating as a full member, is a recipient of financial grants under the ADAI Program.
4. Nicaragua participated in the meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the first time as an observer.
5. Iberarchivos approved its work plan for 2016-2017.
6. The 19th Call for Grants for archival projects will be officially opened on July 15, 2016.
7. Iberarchivos joins the #SinergiaALA team in strengthening the dissemination and visibility of the archives of the region.
8. Finally, it was agreed that the next meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee will be held in Mexico in 2017.