A CULTURAL Corner of Iran (CCI) was launched at Davao City Library & Information Center (DCLIC) last Tuesday.
Officials of the National Library of the Philippines, Islamic Embassy of Iran (IEI)-Manila and the city government of Davao signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the establishment of CCI.
NLP director lawyer Antonio Santos, acting counselor of cultural section of Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Eiri) Mahdi Abolghasemi, City administrator Melchor V. Quitain, who represented Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, signed the MOU together with witness DCLIC officer-in-charge Pedrita M. Badar.
The MOU was executed last September 29 as a collaborative effort of the NLP and the DCLIC that will undertake the establishment, operation and maintenance of the CCI.
Badar said that DCLIC is the first library in the Philippines selected by the Eiri to have a cultural corner.
"Natingala pud gani ang director nganong kita ang gipili (even the director was surprised why we were chosen)," Badar said.
She said the city mayor was able to talk with an officer from the Iranian Consulate through a chance visit and hence reinforced and conceived the idea of putting up the CCI.
Apart from DCLIC, the other parties have also different responsibilities stipulated in the MOU.
NLP will coordinate the activities related to the CCI project. It is also mandated to monitor, evaluate and provide assistance to the librarian in maintenance of the operations of the CCI.
The Eiri, for its part, will provide DCLIC through NLP one set of computer, computer table, computer chair, reading table with chairs, shelf, books and other reading materials.
These materials are already present in the in DCLIC upon the launching.
The Eiri will also be responsible for the financial assistance for the launching of CCI and appointment of representatives of the embassy of Iran.
The DCLIC is responsible to provide space to house the CCI in the library and other necessary furniture for the effective and efficient operation of the CCI.
The local office is also required to appoint a librarian to be in charge if the operation of CCI and to assume full responsibility over all equipment, furniture, books and other library materials allocated by NLP, hereby designating the head as responsible official.
It is also responsible for the submission to NLP, through Reference Division, reports on the utilization of the services of the CCI as well as annual inventory report.
The MOU was made through NLP which is mandated to affiliate public libraries throughout the country which are essential repositories of knowledge and information for the educational, spiritual, cultural, economic development of the community.
NLP and the National Library and Archives of Iran through Iranian Studies Center has long been engaged in the promotion of the Iranian language and culture in the Philippines.