Promote arts, culture — NCAA

Laoag City, Ilocos Norte — The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) has launched an intensified program pushing for the preservation and development of the Filipino culture and arts.

On Wednesday, a related inital forum was held at the Java Hotel here attended by teachers, groups of writers, local media, stakeholders and local government units (LGUs) from the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union and Pangasinan.
The project dubbed as the NCCA – PIA Luzon Cultural Promotions with the theme “Dangal ng Lahi, Kamanahan ay Ipagmalaki” is aimed at promoting the heritage and culture of different communities in the country.

During the event, Dr. Edwin Antonio of the NCCA’s committee on Northern Cultural Communities, announced the call for project proposals related for development of cultures and arts.

The approved proposals are funded by the NCCA – National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA).
The deadline of submission of the provincial is set on September 30, 2016.

Meanwhile, PIA Region 1 Director Jennilyne C. Role said that series of forums, radio programs and kapihans and writing contests related to the unique cultures and traditions in the Ilocos – Pangasinan provinces are scheduled this year.

NCCA has received a total of 56 project proposals which will be implemented by some 216 partners from the local government units, civil society organizations, educational institutions and national line agencies nationwide.

The NCCA is the overall policy making body, coordinating and grants giving agencies for the preservation, development and promotion of Philippine arts and culture and administers the NEFCA, funds exclusively for the implementation of culture and arts programs and projects. (Freddie G. Lazaro)