The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) engaged members of the Regional Planning Committee on Culture in the conduct of a planning workshop on 13 August 2019 to integrate cultural sensitivity and awareness in the Central Luzon Regional Development Plan (CLRDP) 2017-2022 Midterm Update.

NCCA and NEDA 3 aims to ensure that CLRDP would translate into concrete strategies, policies, programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) for the remaining period to contribute to the achievement of the Ambisyon Natin 2040. RD Leon M. Dacanay welcomed members and guests from local government units, regional line agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, and academe.

Prof. Ricamela Palis, a member of NCCA National Committee on Cultural Education, delivered an interesting and inspiring presentation on the concept of culture. Culture, as defined by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), “is the whole complex of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterize a society or social group. It includes not only the arts and letters, but also modes of life, the fundamental rights of the human being, values systems, traditions and beliefs.”

Ms. Tessa Sibal, Chief of the NEDA 3-Policy Formulation and Planning Division, presented the challenges, opportunities, and strategies in promoting Philippine culture and values as contained in the Plan. The participants were asked to input in the SWOT analysis and problem tree analysis to update the strategic framework of the CLRDP and respond to the gaps and challenges in the assessment of the chapter.

Among the data gaps and challenges identified during the workshop were inadequate funding to continue PPAs on cultural development and promotion, weak integration of culture in education and development planning, undefined role of indigenous communities in local development, and limited research on culture and the arts.

Central Luzon is adamant and enthusiastic in pursuing cultural development and promotion. As stated by RD Dacanay in his message, “Our culture and values shall hold us together as a nation. With our instilled values of resilience, optimism, adaptability, and spirituality, we shall continue to aim for a matatag, maginhawa, and panatag na buhay para sa lahat.”

NEDA Central Luzon

Photos by NEDA Central Luzon