In celebration of the 2021 National Heritage Month, the CALABARZON Regional Development Council Sub-Committee on Culture, in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) conducted a Culture and Governance Training on May 19, 25 and 26 via videoconference. The training capacitated the local culture and arts focal persons in the CALABARZON on the Philippine Registry of Cultural Property (PRECUP) and on local culture development planning.

In his welcome address, Executive Director Al Ryan S. Alejandre of the NCCA highlighted the significance of collaboration among cultural agencies, local government units (LGUs), and other stakeholders in mapping and preserving the various cultural resources in communities. He also pointed out that the training will help LGUs in crafting inclusive and responsive cultural programs and initiatives that are supportive to the outcomes of the culture chapter of the current Philippine Development Plan.

The one-day PRECUP orientation on May 19 emphasized the importance of properly registering and documenting the significant cultural properties of a community so LGUs can identify which resources to preserve, promote, and safeguard. It focused on the domains of cultural properties and on correctly filling-out the PRECUP Forms. The salient features of the DILG-NCCA Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2021-01 were also discussed during the activity. Furthermore, the Local Culture Development Plan (LCDP) Training-Workshop, conducted from May 25-26, discussed the formulation of LCDP for the development and conservation of local culture, arts and heritage.

The training is one of the initiatives of the RDC Subcommittee on Culture to strengthen the local culture and arts councils in the region.

Christine B. Flores, NEDA Region IV-A | June 3, 2021