The CALABARZON Sub-Committee on Culture (SCC), in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) provided CALABARZON local government units (LGUs) and SCC members awareness on basic culture concepts, existing, and new culture laws, programs and activities during the Culture Orientation on October 28 via Zoom video conference.

Considering the new administration and new culture and arts/tourism focal in LGUs, the Orientation aimed to reintroduce NCCA’s existing programs on capacity development, recapacitate regional stakeholders with necessary cultural education, and cascade NCCA programs, making them accessible to LGUs and various regional line agencies, private sector, and academe.

In his opening message, Director Luis G. Banua of NEDA Region IV-A, highlighted the role of LGUs as one of the prime movers of culture development and values promotion. He said that the support of local chief executives in the implementation of cultural programs and projects and in the institutionalization of policies geared towards culture development and values is essential.

The Orientation provided lectures on NCCA Mandates, Programs, and Services, Filipino Values for the Common Good, Cultural Response and Resiliency Program, Philippine Cultural Statistics Framework, Creation of Local Culture and Arts Council, and Philippine Registry of Cultural Property, among others. NCCA Consultants: Professor Arvin Manuel R. Villalon and Ms. Paula Monina G. Collado were among the main resource persons during the activity.

Mr. Jesuben Angel Bongolan, Project Coordinator of NCCA, concluded the activity by presenting the next steps after the Orientation. Mr. Bongolan said that a training needs assessment survey will be distributed to the participants within November to identify specific topic concerns for the SCC trainings in 2023.

The virtual Culture Orientation convened a total of 93 LGUs, line agencies, academe, non-government organizations, private sector, and SCC members. It was also viewed by 711 individuals in the NEDA Region IV-A Facebook Page as of October 31.

Mary Deemple D. Ariate, NEDA Region IV-A | November 2, 2022