The MIMAROPA Special Committee on Culture (SCC) conducted its first semester meeting recently and approved the membership of National Youth Commission (NYC) and the partnership with National Book Development Board (NBDB).

National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Executive Director Oscar G. Casaysay presided over the meeting, which was participated in by representatives from MIMAROPA’s  Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Public Works and Highways, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Department of Education, Department of Trade and Industry including  the NEDA Regional Office MIMAROPA, and local government units.

Mr. Jun Angeles of NYC expressed his gratitude to the committee for approving NYC’s membership to SCC, which will further strengthen the implementation of arts and cultural activities and ensure effective participation of youth in the promotion and preservation of culture in MIMAROPA.

Meanwhile, the partnership between SCC and NBDB will open opportunities for the conduct of book fairs and exhibits in the region that will foster a vibrant reading, writing, and literary trading culture.

NBDB representatives Carlos Miguel Escobar and Grant Salgado discussed some of NBDB’s projects, which included the Book Nook. Mr. Dhon Calda of the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro suggested to open more Book Nooks particularly in far-flung areas in the province.

​​​​​​​Moreover, Mr. Jesuben Bongolan of NCCA reported the highlights of the capacity development activity held on February 8-10. Nearly 150 participants attended the orientation-workshop, which focused on the Heritage Law and overview of Philippine Registry of Cultural Property.

Bongolan also discussed the successful conduct of National Heritage Month webinar titled “Pamanang Lokal: Binhi ng Kulturang Pilipino” held on May 30.  Former NCCA chairperson and former UNESCO Philippines Commissioner Felipe M. De Leon, Jr. served as resource person during the event, which was attended by 150 participants.

Calda apprised the members on the ongoing construction of Oriental Mindoro Heritage and Cultural Center at Barangay B. Del Mundo, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. The project is about 67 percent  complete and is expected to be finished  on June 15, and to be inaugurated in July. Its hub will feature products from Oriental Mindoro’s indigenous tribes such as   the Alangan, Bangon, and Iraya tribes.

The committee was also informed on NCCA programs and  call for proposals for fiscal year 2023 under the Competitive Grants Program.