BAGUIO City Mayor Maurico Domogan is asking the creative sector to submit detailed plans for activities for next year to be able to allot a budget.
Domogan said identification of programs is needed for the local government to be able to allot funding for next year saying it will be a waste if money is earmarked and not utilized.
The mayor added the initial budget asked amounting to P630 million may not be given but assured funds from the city will be provided once programs are identified by the sector.
Previously, Councilor Mylen Yaranon eyed a multi-million budget for the city’s arts and crafts sector with at least P630 million allotted for study preparation, infra construction and refurbishment, and management with another P40 million for events execution and familiarization trips.
Last year, Unesco declared Baguio as the first Creative City in the Philippines which is now among the 64 cities from 44 countries in the Unesco Creative Cities Network (UCCN).
Yaranon in a presentation said the city has a four-year period to put into order crafts and folk arts to stay true to the creative city tag given by Unesco.
Baguio’s inclusion to the UCCN mandates a responsibility to implement activities directly in line with the network’s mission statement and strategic framework by providing financial support, coordination with a steering group and liaising with the UNESCO secretariat and to communicate regularly.
The city was included in the UCCN network for crafts and folk arts of the Cordilleras seen in architecture, parks, textile, fabrics, furniture, and furnishing fashion accessories, paintings, sculpture, homes and building designs in the City.
Under the plan, an urban development initiative is also needed to further develop the Baguio Creative Circuit (BCCC) that is seen to physically link existing buildings and institutions as venues for showcasing Baguio City’s creative spirit.
Areas will be opened to the public and each shall highlight creative activities and purposes that will serve to educate, inspire, and motivate the public to embrace creativity as an essential element for sustainable urban living.
Initial areas include Burnham Park for creative performances and cultural gardens, the Baguio Museum for Ethnic and cultural displays, Sunshine Park for open space performance arts, exhibits, creative activities for the youth, the University of the Philippines for ethnographic museum and center for arts and crafts and the Baguio Convention Center for creative performances, creative spaces and exhibits.
Domogan said P2 million was allotted for the concluded EntaCool festival last week which was made to celebrate the UNESCO inclusion as well as start the ball rolling for the activities for next year.
The mayor assured support for the creative sector but underlined a plan of activities is needed.