The Institute of Davao Studies (IDS) of the Holy Cross of Davao College has conducted benchmarking activities on five museums in Davao City last December 5 and 6, 2022.

The activity serves as a part of their conceptualization and planning for the new HCDC museum which will commence next year. Moreover, it also served as an exposure trip for the Bachelor of Arts in History students who are currently under the Museology and Public History class.

The team was composed of Rhys Lloyd D. Lacia, the focal person of the HCDC-IDS and HCDC 3rd year BA History students, Justine Mari Bio, Mary Grace Hinoo, Glaiza Polot, and Nicole Tampipi.

The HCDC-IDS has vsisted Museo Dabawenyo, D’Bone Collector Museum, Davao Museum of History and Ethnography, Malagos Chocolate Museum and IMIN Philippine-Japan Historical Museum.

Throughout the benchmarking activity, the museum curators and guides have shared their museum management practices and strategies which includes museum administration, collection and storage techniques, as well as museum education methods and museum marketing and promotion. The two-day activity also provided an avenue to the HCDC BA History program internship opportunities for their students. One of the career opportunities of graduating from the BA History program in HCDC is having career paths in heritage and cultural work such as museum guides and curators.

The HCDC-IDS said its is committed to working with local museums in the promotion and preservation of Davao Region’s history and culture through education and research.