Guest and participants during the 2021 Regional Culture Summit.

The CALABARZON Sub-Committee on Culture (SCC) identified strategies in mainstreaming culture and values toward economic recovery during the 2021 Culture Summit on November 17 via Zoom video conference.

The SCC regularly conducts the summit to raise awareness and appreciation on culture and development, and solicit support on the promotion, conservation, and development of Filipino culture and values in the region. This year’s summit focused on identifying sectoral concerns and providing strategies on the issues in mainstreaming culture and values towards economic recovery and resiliency.

In her welcome remarks, Ms. Cecille Gelicame, President of the Southern Luzon Association of Museums and SCC Co-chairperson, recognized the importance of safeguarding cultural heritage and campaigning for sustainable heritage development. She conveyed that, “While development is what we aspire for, we must also recognize the balance that we need to do in order for our children and grandchildren to remain rooted in our Filipino heritage.” The activity was also graced by Assistant Secretary Carlos Bernardo O. Abad-Santos of the NEDA Policy and Planning Group as keynote speaker.

The plenary workshop session provided lectures on the Creative Industries in CALABARZON and Cultural Response and Resiliency Plan by Mr. Ivan Cenon V. Bernardo of the Department of Trade and Industry and Prof. Arvin Manuel R. Villalon of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, respectively.

In the workshop session, participants were divided into five groups, namely: Culture in Governance, Culture in Education, Culture and the Arts, Culture in Tourism, and Culture in Health. Among the issues identified by the groups were: a) low prioritization of culture and cultural awareness by legislative and executive bodies; b) limited researches/ academic studies on culture heritage and preservation; c) vulnerability of tourism sector to disruptions brought by disasters and emergencies; d) lack of regional cultural identity; and e) low importance/ recognition given to indigenous/ traditional medicines. The groups also generated strategies and programs and projects which will assist in the development of a regional plan on culture which will be monitored by the SCC.

RDC CALABARZON Co-Chairperson Ladislao L. Andal concluded the Summit with a reminder to use the outputs of summit as a step towards culture development. He said, “I encourage everyone to utilize the recommendations in crafting relevant policies and in implementing programs and projects that will ensure the promotion and cultivation of our culture and values.”

The virtual Culture Summit convened a total of 141 tourism, culture and arts champions agencies, local government units, academe, non-government organizations, SCC and RDC members. It was also viewed by 458 individuals in the NEDA Region IV-A Facebook Page.

Mary Deemple D. Ariate, NEDA Region IV-A | November 19, 2021