The National Center for Culture and the Arts(NCCA), represented by Mr. Edison N. Molanida, Project Coordinator of the Office of the Executive Director, presented the plans for the organization of Local Culture and Arts Council (LCAC) in the island, during the Orientation on Local Cultural Development Planning under the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, May 31, 2019.
The plan is part of the mandate of section 3 (d) of the Rules and Regulations Implementing the Local Government Code of 1991 which states that every local government unit (LGU) within their respective territorial jurisdictions, ensure and support, among other things the preservation and enrichment of culture.
Mr. Molanida also explained that the local cultural development planning is part of the Philippine Development Plan where President Rodrigo Duterte directly articulated the promotion of Philippine Culture and Values as one of the pivotal agenda.
“As you have the culture a country has, which is malasakit for each other, one of the pillars of malasakit is we get to understand not only our culture but the culture of other Filipinos,” he added.
In her message, Acting Gov. Shirley A. Abundo reiterated the need for an organization to not just have an excellent plan but also execution of the plans that will pave way for knowing one’s culture further.
Topics discussed on the orientation on local cultural development planning under the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 were: (1) Rediscovering Culture: What do we have?; (2) Cultural Governance: Why Culture should be the business of local government?; (3) SWOT Analysis: State of Local Culture and Arts: What can the local government do for culture?; and (4) Local Cultural Development Plan Matrix.
The seminar-workshop was attended by representatives from local government units, municipal tourism officers and municipal planning officers from different municipalities, teachers from Catanduanes State University and members of local groups that promote Catandungan culture.
Participants were also grouped for the workshop which aims to have an inventory of the tangible and intangible culture in the province.