City Creative Industry Council Ordinance Proposed

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

This was contained in the proposed ordinance authored by Councilors Ma.Mylen Victoria Yaranon, Elmer Datuin, Peter Fianza and Elaine Sembrano.

The Baguio Arts and Crafts Collectives, Inc and City Tourism Office would compose the Executive and Steering committee while the Investments and Promotions Unit of the City Budget Office is secretariat.

The mayor sits as chair of the Creative Industry Council while the City Budget officer is co-chair. The council members are from the Planning and development office, Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Committee chair on Tourism, Parks, Special Events and Playgrounds, Committee chair on Education, Culture and Historical Research, Committee chair on Public Works, Committee chair on Market, Trade and Commerce and Agriculture, Committee chair on employment, livelihood and cooperatives and persons with disabilities (PWDs), and the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collectives, Inc.

Representatives would also come from the Academe, National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP) and Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) Baguio chapter.

Said council 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 would 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 and initiative sharing, including future plans and programs. It also acts as a policy recommending body.

Sectoral representatives come from the field of film, gastronomy, literature, music, media arts; and design represented by the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP). There are three representatives for crafts and folk art: sculpture and carving, metal craft, and weaving.

An appropriation of P630 M would be implemented in phases for study preparation, infrastructure construction, refurbishment and management, the proposal stated. An allotment of P40M for events execution, familiarization trips would come from international initiatives with funds from the City’s internal budgetary allocation.

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

Creative sectors would be enlivened, encouraged to innovate, become more productive, thus, 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 states.

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, the vision of attaining its 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, the proposal states. – Julie G. Fianza