The Administrative Division
The operational efficiency of the 11 divisions of the National Museum rests heavily on the support system provided by the Administrative Division. It is likened to a human heart that pumps blood that flows through all the organs and muscles of the body to make it work.
In the early years, the administrative functions of the Museum were performed by the different personnel-scientists. Unfortunately these hampered the productivity of the technical groups, especially when the agency was still in the growing stage.
After many years, the government finally took notice of the difficult situation besetting the core divisions. In the 1960s, the Division was placed under the management and control of the Office of the Director with Mrs. Eustacia Enriquez as Head. By this time, the National Museum had about 68 personnel in its employ.
In a continuing move to improve the support machinery of the agency, a series of major reorganizations took place in 1962, 1968 and 1987 that Ied to the creation of more line and staff positions. The Accounting, Budget, Cashier, Personnel, Records, and Supply units were converted into sections.
Through the years, the Administrative Division has been constantly struggling against budget limitations. Modest resources were obtained basically from the national government through annual general appropriations as well as from the earnings of the agency.
Although the scarcity of resources was generally perceived as a major operational setback, it did not prevent Museum personnel from pursuing their sworn duties as defenders of our cultural and natural heritage. The Division managed to arrange participation in local trainings and seminars designed to continually improve and enhance personnel skills and performance. Most of these trainings were conducted by other government agencies such as the DOST, DECS, DOT, etc.
Meanwhile, key officers from various divisions of the National Museum secured technical assistance from their foreign counterparts in order to develop their scientific exposure.