The National Archives of the Philippines will receive digitized documents from the Spanish government after the completion of project grants from the Iberarchivos, formerly called Programa Apoyo al Desarrollo de Archivos Iberoamericanos (Programa ADAI). On July 28, 2021, the Spanish government through Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte and Subdirección General de los Archivos Estatales turned over two hard drives to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
These hard drives contain digital images of records on the Philippines from Archivo General de Indias (AGI) in Sevilla, and from Archivo Histórico Nacional (AHN) in Madrid. Philippine Consul General Adrian Cruz signed the turnover of the hard drives, and the DFA will transmit the said documents to NAP via a diplomatic pouch.
However, on August 11, 2021, during the discussion organized by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and Local History Committees Network (LHCN) NAP’s Executive Director Mr. Victorino M. Manalo clarified that these documents were written in Spanish and will not be available to the public, yet. He said some constraints prohibit NAP from sharing documents obtained through grants with third-party individuals. Nevertheless, he assures that NAP will be working to make the said documents available to the public through NAP’s Temporary Reading Room.