The NEDA Regional Office (NRO) MIMAROPA attended the inauguration of the Oriental Mindoro Heritage and Cultural Center (OMHCC) and received the appreciation of the governor and provincial council for the NRO’s assistance in the realization of the center on July 6, 2022, at Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro.
Executive Director Oscar G. Casaysay of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Regional Director Bevienne G. Malateo of the Department of Tourism (DOT) MIMAROPA were special guests.
NRO MIMAROPA was represented by Emerson Kim J. Lineses, chief of the Development Research Division, who also delivered the message of Regional Director Agustin C. Mendoza. In his message, Mendoza emphasized the directive of the new President to strengthen NEDA’s presence and role in local government units. He also commended the project for its promotion and support to the indigenous people’s way of life and giving them the opportunity to generate income by selling their products and craftsmanship.
Governor Humerlito “Bonz” Dolor and Vice Governor Ejay Falcon led the inauguration and ribbon cutting of the OMHCC. Also present during the event were local chief executives of Mansalay, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and Sangguniang Bayan, representatives of the different Mangyan communities, and various advocacy groups from the culture and indigenous peoples.
The event featured cultural dances and presentations from the different Mangyan communities and messages of support from the NCCA and DOT MIMAROPA. The governor also led the turnover of the deed of donation of the two-hectare property for the Balay Paghandumon Mangyan Village Project from the Sucgang family and the turnover of the OMHCC Sustainability and Framework Plan 2022-2025 to the NCCA.