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Creative industry council proposed
by Julie G. Fianza / PIO

A fully-funded creative industry council with clear functions for seven creative fields will boost the city’s position as the country’s first Unesco Creative Cities Network (UCCN) representative.

This was according to the proposed ordinance authored by councilors Ma. Mylen Victoria Yaranon, Elmer Datuin, Peter Fianza, and Elaine Sembrano that seeks to establish a creative industry council.

The Baguio Arts and Crafts Collectives, Inc. and City Tourism Office will compose the executive and steering committee while the Investments and Promotions Unit of the City Budget Office will be the secretariat.

The mayor will chair the Creative Industry Council with the City Budget officer as co-chair. Its members will be from the City Planning and Development Office, Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry; city council committee chairs on tourism, parks, special events and playgrounds; education, culture, and historical research; public works; market, trade and commerce, and agriculture; employment, livelihood and cooperatives, and persons with disability; and the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collectives, Inc.

Representatives will also come from the academe, National Commission on Culture and Arts, National Economic Development Authority, Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners, and Girl Scouts of the Philippines-Baguio.

The council will implement activities directly with the UCCN’s mission statement and strategic framework, its collective vision and common objectives; report on its action plan and achievement every four years; and recommend future strategic mid-term initiatives, with the first report for submission in 2021.

The council will participate actively in UCCN meetings and gatherings, bring members together and share experiences, consider financial support to the network, communicate regularly with the Unesco secretariat for information, initiative sharing, future plans, and programs. It will also act as a policy recommending body.

Sectoral representatives will come from the fields of film, gastronomy, literature, music, media arts, and design to be represented by the United Architects of the Philippines. There will be three representatives for crafts and folk art: sculpture and carving, metal craft, and weaving.

An appropriation of P630 million will be implemented in phases for study preparation, infrastructure construction, refurbishment and management, the proposal stated.

An allotment of P40M for events execution and familiarization trips would come from international initiatives with funds from the city’s internal budget allocation.

The program advocates the Philippine Strategic Framework to promote the country’s culture and values in 2017 to 2022, “to make creativity an essential element for the sustainable development of the city,” including being safe and resilient.

Creative sectors would be enlivened and encouraged to innovate and become more productive, thus will generate employment, increase household income, savings and more investments. A great number of underprivileged but skilled members of the society would be provided livelihood, the proposal added.

Another goal would be the institutionalization of the city’s creative arts festival, with capacity development for crafts peoples and promising young talents of the region.

With the help and cooperation of the local government unit, public and private organizations with artists, attaining the council’s goals and uplifting the economy to be at par with the economic tigers of the ASEAN region in terms of creative crafts and folk arts could be realized by 2030, according to the proposed ordinance.


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