National Museum Act of 1998
Section 20. Policing of Buildings and Grounds; Authority to Deputize. – The Board of Trustees through its Secretary, or their authorized representatives, may designate employees of the Museum as special policemen, without additional compensation for duty in connection with the policing of the buildings and grounds of the Museum.
The Museum shall also have the authority to deputize the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the following:
20.1 protection of newly discovered sites from illegal exploitation;
20.2 the reporting of discovery of archaeological sites; and
20.3 the preservation of important archaeological sites in danger of destruction.
Pursuant to this authority, it shall be obligatory for the local police and civil authorities, especially city and municipal mayors and barangay chairmen to report to the Museum the discovery of archaeological sites. The local police and civil authorities are tasked with the duty of preventing illegal exploitation by unauthorized persons of discovered sites until such time as the Museum shall have established control over them.
Section 21. Incentives for Discovery of Sites. – The Museum is authorized to provide incentives for the reporting of newly discovered archaeological, cultural, and historical sites and to devise a system of equitable rewards for verified reports of significance.
Section 22. Appropriation. – The Museum shall continue to submit and receive its annual budget from the general appropriations of the National Government. For this purpose, the Secretary shall submit to Congress annually at the beginning of each regular session thereof a detailed statement of the expenditures of the preceding fiscal year, under appropriations for the “National Museum.” The Museum is authorized to include in its estimate of appropriations such sums as may be necessary for the preservation of its art collection.
Section 23. Museum Endowment Fund. – A Museum Endowment Fund is hereby established to be used for special programs, projects and activities of the Museum in accordance with Section 7 hereof. This Fund shall be administered directly by the Board of Trustees. For this purpose, the sum of Five Hundred Million Pesos (P500,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the following sources:
23.1 Two hundred fifty million pesos (P250,000,000) from the annual net earnings of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office from its earnings in lotto;
23.2 Two hundred fifty million pesos (P250,000,000) from the annual net earnings of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR);
Provided, That the foregoing appropriations shall be payable in quarterly remittances within a period of three (3) years until the amount of Five Hundred Million Pesos (P500,000,000) is reached.
Provided, further, That the regular operating budget of the Museum, including other operational costs such as the acquisition of collection materials for the national reference collections, procurement of equipment and supplies, studies and research in the various disciplines and exhibition of artistic and historical artifacts, shall be provided for in the General Appropriations Act.
Provided, finally, That only the interest of the above Endowment Fund may be expended for the special projects and programs.
Donations and bequests to her Endowment Fund from the private sector will be exempt from any and all taxes. The Board of Trustees shall direct the investment of the Endowment Fund, and determine annual transfers from its earned interest to the Museum’s special project and programs.
Section 24. Disposal of Unappropriated Money. The Trustees are authorized to make such disposal of any other moneys which have accrued, or shall hereafter accrue, as interest upon the Museum, not herein appropriated, or not required for the purpose herein provided, as they say shall deem best suited for the promotion of the purpose of the Museum.