The National Economic and Development Authority is pushing for integration of regional culture in the governance of provincial and local governments.
An orientation-workshop on “Preserving and Promoting Filipino Traditional Values, Culture, and Heritage”, that was initiated by NEDA, Regional Development Council, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts was held yesterday at the NEDA building in Iloilo City.
Christine Mansinares, Negros Occidental provincial supervising tourism operation officer, said the activity is part of the midterm assessment and updating of the Regional Development Plan 2017-2022, that is focused on preserving traditional Filipino values, culture, and heritage.
Negros Occidental was represented by the Provincial Tourism Division, the cities of Bacolod, Kabankalan, Silay, Sagay, Sipalay, and Victorias, and theater groups YouTeach and TeatroKon.
Mansinares said the participants from the different local government units in the region came up with strategies and indicators, that will be presented in the next meeting on July 26, to integrate culture in all aspects of governance.
She said that integrating culture in the social equity, environment, economy, and governance of the region will be among the criteria for the Seal of Good Governance award.
The local and provincial governments will be required to establish their own Culture and Arts Council, she said, adding that LGUs should also conduct an inventory of their cultural resources, come up with a legislation to protect them, and promote cultural awareness.
“This activity aims to enhance the regional distinctive identity. It also aims to deepen the appreciation of the residents on what we have. We have a unique identity, festivals, tradition, beliefs in our region,” Mansinares said.*
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