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National Archives of the Philippines

National Archives of the Philippines
Pambansang Sinupan ng Pilipinas
Agency overview
Formed May 21, 2007 (2007-05-21)
Preceding Agency Records Management and Archives Office
Headquarters National Library of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines
Annual budget 85,146,000 (2012)
Agency executive Victorino Manalo, Director
Key document Republic Act 9470

The National Archives of the Philippines (Spanish colonial government in the Philippines established its Division of Archives.[1]


The nucleus of the institution was the Division of Archives, set up by the Spanish Colonial Government. In 1898, Spain ceded control of the Philippines to the United States of America through the Treaty of Paris. The ratification of the treaty paved way for the relinquishment of Philippine records in the Islands and in Spain to the new American government. Since then, the Archives was placed under the control of various government agencies, including the Department of Education, the Executive Branch and the Department of Interior. It was elevated to an office in 1972, with the establishment of the Records Management and Archives Office (RMAO), which was placed under the General Administrative Administration. Since 1998, it is placed under the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for purposes of policy coordination.

In 2004, then Director Cebu, and Davao.


In the Archive's holdings are 13 million Spanish-era documents and another 60 million cataloged public documents.[2] The holdings is divided into two major collections:

  • Spanish Period Collection (1552-1900)
    • Documents
    • Plans
  • American and Republic Period Collection (1900–Present)
    • Government Agencies
    • Civil Records
    • Notarial Documents
    • Japanese War Crime Records
    • Cattle Brands

Aside from the records of defunct government agencies, the National Archives also houses the records of colleges and universities closed by the Commission on Higher Education. Notably, the Archives does not keep a large portion of the Katipunan records, including the Philippine Declaration of Independence, which are currently kept by the National Library of the Philippines in its Philippine Insurgency Records collection.


  1. ^ "Republic Act No. 9470: National Archives of the Philippines Act of 2007". Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Profile: National Archives of the Philippines". Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
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