The Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) recently conducted a seminar-workshop to facilitate easier discussion among members of the newly formed RDC 7 Special Committee on Culture, Values and Design of the Culture targets in the Regional Development Plan.
The activity, held at the Tandang Sora Hall of the Cebu Normal University (CNU) last July 19-20, was attended by representatives from the academe, local government units (LGUs), national government agencies, and the private sector.
RDC 7 Chairman Kenneth Cobonpue, in his presentation, reiterated the need for the Philippines to have a creative economy master plan, saying the Philippines has the “brain power” to do very well in the industry. The master plan, he added, can help players develop the industry for it to become the next growth driver in Central Visayas.
Prof. Eric Zerrudo, head of the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School-Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics, spoke about how people of all ages and walks of life should be able to appreciate and understand what heritage is all about.
In his presentation titled ‘Heritage: Makakain Ba Yan?‘, Zerrudo discussed several facets of heritage conservation and the challenges that come with it. He also stressed the importance of reconciling heritage and development, and conservation and sustainable development, and that study of preservation should also look into destruction.
Zerrudo also gave an overview of the processes and people involved in heritage conservation and cultural mapping. He said that the data gathered during these processes is what NEDA needs to translate the plans outlined in the Culture Chapter of he PDP into a realistic line of action.
The NCCA, for its part, oriented participants of its various programs, heritage laws, inventory of cultural property, and Seal of Good Local Governance requirements in relation to culture and heritage and how the NCCA can collaborate with LGUs. It was also noted that LGUs play an important role in cultural mapping. During the session, technical queries on how to assess cultural artifacts, traditions, and properties were clarified. The importance of community involvement in preserving and appreciating cultural items and values was also emphasized.