The Administrative Division
The National Museum started to receive donations and grants from various government agencies and private institutions here and abroad in the 1970s. This development helped relax the tight financial posture of the agency. With the growing number of employees, fund appropriations from the national government were necessarily increased, although gradually.
The reorganization of 1987 was perhaps the most exciting experience of the Administrative Division. The new government of President Corazon C. Aquino brought about a feeling of renewed hope for the people of the National Museum, in anticipation of more plantilla positions, more funds, and more benefits.
With the appointment of Fr. Gabriel Casal as new Director of the Agency in 1987, a number of administrative reforms in favor of the employees were made. Salaries were raised, making them comparable with the salary scale of those in the private sector. Employee benefits were also improved. Developmental and skills trainings became more frequent and agency efficiency was enhanced with the procurement of additional computers and other office machines.
The euphoria did not end there. The financial assistance and grants that were received in the 1970s had evolved into bigger and more expensive projects towards the end of the 1980s up to the present, in collaboration with local and international organizations. In the last' few years, foreign institutions such as Mac Arthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, World Heritage Monument Fund, and many others have been generously funding the research and development efforts of Museum staff, and have even included the conduct of technical trainings and . scholarship or fellowship grants and purchase of equipment. The National Museum's need for funding from the national government was alleviated as large grants and donations poured in. Director Casal and the Administrative Division were highly instrumental in helping realize these achievements.