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Cagayan board OKs ordinance creating local culture, arts council

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Cagayan has approved on third and final reading an ordinance creating the Cagayan Council for Culture and the Arts (CCCA) during their 89th Regular Session on Wednesday, May 23.

The CCCA is tasked to formulate programs and recommendations to develop and enrich local cultural and artistic talents, and ensure the protection, preservation, and conservation of Cagayan’s cultural and historical heritage.

The council will also prepare an annual plan on culture and arts which will be integrated in the province’s development plan.

The ordinance was principally sponsored by First District Olive Pascual, and co-sponsored by Board Members Vilmer Viloria, Cris Barcena, Perla Tumaliuan, Ross Resuello, Rodrigo De Asis, Archie Layus, Jeff Vargas, and Larry Ting.

CCCA will also lead the conduct of cultural events such as festivals, contests, lectures, seminars, symposia, and exhibits; hold periodic consultation with stakeholders to identify grassroots-based cultural concerns, issues, and agenda; and coordinate with existing local culture and arts council.

The CCCA will be chaired by the governor and co-chaired by the vice governor.

Members of the council also include representatives from government agencies such as the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

Representatives from local heritage societies, local artist groups, indigenous peoples communities, and the youth are also members of the council.

The ordinance states that it is the provincial government’s duty to”support and promote Cagayano artists and cultural workers as prime movers of the creative industries, because human creativity is the ultimate economic resource.”

The law also says “imagination is the greatest asset” for Cagayan, a province with rich cultural tradition and enormous pool of creative talent.

Following legislative process, Governor Manuel Mamba has 15 days to either sign or veto the proposed ordinance. In case of veto, the board can override given majority votes.

Meanwhile, the provincial government through the Cagayan Museum and Historical Research Center and Provincial Tourism Office held a culture, arts, tourism summit last April. (READ: Cagayan to hold culture, arts, tourism summit this April)

The summit aimed to form a local non-government organization on culture and arts, and craft a culture and arts plan for Cagayan, Museum Curator Jenifer Junio-Baquiran earlier said.

Further, officers of the Cagayan Culture and the Arts and Tourism Organization (CCATO) took their oath of office last September 2017. Northernforum.net

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