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The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Calabarzon created the Sub-Committee on Culture to set direction for culture development in the region.

To address development challenges of culture in regional development, the new Committee conducted the Strategic Planning Workshop on August 29-30 at the Enrique Zobel Foundation, Inc., Calatagan Batangas.

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Discussed at the workshop were the definition of culture as well as presentations on the thrusts and priorities of the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) including the chapter on Culture under the Philippine Development Plan and Regional Development Plan for 2017-2022.

As data is necessary in setting targets, the lack of statistics on culture-related information was raised at the workshop. To address this, the conduct of cultural mapping in the provinces and selected localities will be prioritized. Cultural mapping will provide an inventory of the cultural properties and resources and will also help determine cultural development potentials of localities. Identifying cultural development potentials will also elevate appreciation on culture’s contribution to economic growth and encourage further investments.

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Also discussed was the establishment of local Councils for Culture and Arts as envisioned by the Committee, to ensure that regional initiatives are reflected and acted upon at the local level.

The planning workshop also discussed the Committee’s terms of reference and action plan. The action plan identified the following activities for strengthening the Committee and advocacy on culture: (a) conduct of meetings; (b) conduct of fora and summit; (c) regional celebration of culture-related events; (d) establishment of database for culture; and (e) forging partnerships with various stakeholders. Also discussed was the need for a unified ethics and guidelines to direct the Sub-Committee in addressing goals on culture preservation and sustainable culture development.

The activity was participated in by the NCCA, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Department of Tourism IV-A, Batangas State University, Enrique Zobel Foundation, Inc., Southern Luzon Association of Museums and NEDA.

Angela R. Llamas | September 6, 2017