NCAA partners with Oro in Taoid Heritage Program

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Monday, June 23, 2014


VISITING places in northern Mindanao and to take notice of cultural heritage, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) launched the Taoid Heritage Program (THP) here on Friday, June 20.

Taoid, an Ilocano word meaning inheritance or ‘mana’ in Tagalog, has been adopted by the NCCA as the official name of the yearly heritage program.

The program was conceptualized, implemented and overseen by the Subcommission of Cultural Heritage (SCH) to emphasize the importance of passing on culture and tradition to the succeeding generation.

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In the Bisayan language, Taoid means ‘kabilin.’

Mayor Oscar Moreno who welcomed the visiting delegates showed his support to the endeavor of the NCCA saying that cultural heritage is so important for the people to understand their past in relation to their present day existence.

“We cannot do away of the things that our predecessors left us if we want to understand what we are today, that cultural heritage is as important for our children to understand the lives of their forefathers,” Moreno said.

NCCA said that in locating and identifying cultural heritage is the work of the local government units and the commission would only help in its preservation and promotion.

“The NCCA is a partner of the noble work of preserving and promoting the cultural heritage not only in Cagayan de Oro but in the entire country,” said Rev. Fr. Harold Rentoria, OSA, SCH commissioner.

NCCA, represented by Rentoria, and this city, represented by Mayor Moreno, signed a memorandum of understanding in achieving the goals of the THP.

In 2003, Presidential Proclamation No. 439 of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared May as National Heritage Month (NHM), mandating all local government units to participate in the occasion by holding heritage related activities as NCCA as lead implementer.

Proclamation 439 gave birth to the THP which eventually not only leads to the celebration of the NHM but also implements cultural intervention projects for communities all over the Philippines.

NCCA also visited the towns of Jasaan in Misamis Oriental, Iligan City and the municipality of Jimenez in Misamis Occidental.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 23, 2014.

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