Davao City—Mayor Sara Duterte has issued an executive order reconstituting the membership of the Davao Culture and Arts Council.
Signed on May 22, Executive Order No. 13 series of 2018 provides for the power and functions of the culture and the arts council in accordance with the Department of the Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular No. 2017-133, dated Sept. 29, 2017, which amended the previous circular on the creation of local culture and arts council.
In the latest circular, the composition and functions of the Local Culture and Arts Council has been expanded.
“There is a need to reconstitute the membership of the Davao City Culture and Arts Council so that it may commence to discharge its powers and functions, in accordance with the provisions of the aforesaid Memorandum Circular,” Mayor Duterte said.
According to Section 1 of the EO, the council will be chaired by the city mayor or her duly-appointed representative. Among the members of the council are the Sangguniang Panglungsod Committee chairs on Education, Science and technology; Arts and Culture; and Tourist and Beautification.
The Museo Dabawenyo head will serve as head of its secretariat.
The other members are the heads of the city’s Planning, Information, Budget and Tourism divisions; a representative from the Commission on Higher Education-XI, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-XI, Philippine Information Agency-XI, Tourism Council of Davao City and Davao Historical Society.
Local museums, artists groups, the business sector or Chamber of Commerce, the professional sector, academe and the youth sector will also be tapped as members, along with representatives from the Ata, Bagobo Klata, Matigsalug, Obu Manuvu, Tagabawa, Kagan, Iranun, Magindanaon, Maranao, Sama and Tausug Tribes.
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts will also be represented in the council.
Section 2 of the executive order specifies the functions of the Culture and Arts Council, according to existing memorandum circulars and other pertinent portions of existing laws.
Under the DILG Memorandum, the council is tasked to prepare an annual plan on culture, arts, and cultural heritage consonant with the Philippine Development Plan for Culture and the Arts, to be integrated in the local development plan and considered in the annual appropriation ordinances.
It must also formulate programs and recommendations to develop and sustain local cultural and artistic talents, cultural industries, traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, and their processes, and coordinate with the appropriate affiliated cultural agencies of the National Commission for Culture and the Art (NCCA) for the conservation and monitoring of national cultural properties found in the LGU.
The council must also conduct cultural events such as cultural festivals, competition, lectures, seminars and symposia and; identify such other programs and activities for the promotion of local cultural heritage and arts.
It is also mandated to ensure the protection, preservation, conservation, and promotion of the local cultural and historical heritage, declare and maintain Local Heritage Zones, and establish a Local Registry of Cultural Property.
Republic Act No. 7335 or the Gawad ng Manlilikha ng Bayan Act also specified that the council will acknowledge the importance of traditional folk arts, as the lone conduit between skills of past and the future.
It is also tasked to revitalize a community’s artistic tradition to protect a valuable fact of Philippine culture; provide a mechanism for identification and assistance for qualified traditional folk artists to transfer their skills to the community, and create opportunities for popularizing their works locally.
All expenses necessary and incidental to the effective implementation of the operations of the council shall be charged to funds made available through the Annual Budget or the Supplemental Budget of the city.