RDC 7 backs Cebu City’s bid to become Unesco ‘Creative City for Design’

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Cebu City is vying to become a Unesco Creative City for Design, a move which has the support of the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7.

In its second Full Council Meeting in Siquijor, the RDC endorsed the application of Cebu City to bag the recognition, which would allow it to partner with other creative cities in the world through exchange programs for designs.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts, through RDC’s Special Committee on Culture, Arts and Design, and the Economic Development Committee earlier made similar endorsements of the application, believing that the move contributes to the cultural, economic and urban development objectives of the Regional Development Plan and the Metro Cebu Urban Master Plan, among others.

Joint effort

Outgoing RDC 7 Chairperson Kenneth Cobonpue, himself a global brand in furniture design, said that if selected, Cebu City can forge investment partnerships as the City Government can craft policies and programs focused on design.

Only a few cities in the world have been named Creative City for Design under the Unesco Creative Cities Network (UCCN). In the Philippines, only Baguio City is recognized as a Creative City for Craft.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7 has mobilized the design and creative sectors to collaborate on Cebu City’s application and eventual implementation of their plan, should Cebu City succeed.

Some of the requirements for Cebu City’s bid are presence of design industries, a hub for creative industries, and a celebration for creative design, which would be fulfilled with the Cebu Design Week in September.