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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Culture and arts not dying

The culture and arts industry is not dying, Marichu Tellano, chief of the Plan/Policy Formulation and Programming Division of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, said yesterday.

She said in a press conference in Bacolod City that culture and arts should not be set aside because the younger generation does not know about the industry. That's the reason why they are granting millions of pesos for arts and culture projects.

NCCA is accepting proposals for projects in 2016 to provide a venue for the regions to articulate their local culture and development concerns. The priority programs and projects identified are grouped into the National Capital Region, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao clusters. Tellano said P30 million is allotted for project grants in the Visayas, while Luzon and Mindanao will have P35 million.

Filipino individuals and civil society organizations, indigenous peoples' organizations or groups, local government units, government agencies, institutions, state universities, colleges and public schools and even media organizations are encouraged to apply, Tellano said.

Negros Museum director Tanya Lopez said proposals under category A include projects conceptualized during planning workshops by national committees following the identified needs of the locality and where specific outputs and deliverable has been defined.

Category B calls for project proposals conceptualized with due consideration to the important concerns cited in the project brief and aligned to the identified NCCA priorities and outcomes, she said.

Lopez added that Negros Occidental is active in workshops and programs partnered with NCCA, like the IYAS writing workshop, Bacollywood workshop and the Sine Kasimanwa Film.

A technical writing workshop and presentation of guidelines of proposals were held after the press conference. Project briefs and guidelines can be viewed or downloaded from the NCCA website at www.ncca.gov.ph , http://ncca.gov.ph/about-ncca-3/grants-program .*

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