DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued an executive order reconstituting the membership of the Davao City Culture and Arts Council, providing for its power and functions and for other purposes.
The Executive Order 37, Series of 2017, was signed by Duterte-Carpio last October 9 to support the City Council approved resolution No. 03546 series of 2014 and City Ordinance No 194-04 providing for, among others, the creation of Davao City Culture and Arts Council.
"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 aforementioned ordinance," Duterte-Carpio said.
Section 1 of the E.O. read that members of the Council shall be chaired by the city mayor or her duly appointed representative as chairperson.
It also read that the city mayor will appoint a private sector representative to sit as her co-chairperson.
City Council Committee chair on Education, Science and Technology, City Council Committee on chair on Tourism and Beautification, City Planning and Development Officer (CPDO), arts community representative, culture committee representative, academic community representative, and business sector representative will sit as council members.
Duties and functions of the Council in accordance with the Section 7 of City Ordinance No. 1 include planning and promotion of cultural and artistic activities in the community with the end view of establishing a Davao City Cultural Center of Mindanao.
The council is also tasked to conduct a coordinated and collaborative planning for the city cultural development program with stakeholders to ensure a unified direction of activities with consideration for local needs and priorities, thereby creating an environment of meaningful exchange and mutual support among its members.
Part also of the council's mandate is to stimulate and implement artistic activities by encouraging collaboration of activities, respecting individual choices, of expression and autonomy of each sector in planning and implementing their activities, and encourage artistic freedom in their articulations of social realities and priorities in their genres.
Davao City Culture and Arts Council was also tasked to develop linkages with national and international institutions such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and other similar networks, agencies, and foundations which will support the activities of the council.
They are also to preserve and promote the traditional arts of Davao City by enhancing public knowledge of the rich folk traditions of the indigenous communities by acknowledging the significance of creative expressions as reflections of our cultural heritage, and develop a program for local artists through training, apprenticeships, grants, and the promotion of their works and encourage their freedom of creative expressions.
All expenses necessary and incidental to the effective implementation of the operations shall be charged to funds made available through the Annual Budget or the Supplemental Budget.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on October 18, 2017.
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