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WV cultural statistics, database system eyed

The Regional Development Council of Region VI (RDC-VI), through the Regional Culture, Heritage and the Arts Committee, undertook activities that would lead to the establishment of the Western Visayas Cultural Statistics and Database System.

The establishment of the regional statistics for culture, heritage, and the arts will improve data reporting that will aid the RCHAC in the preparation of the regional cultural situationer and the formulation of the 10-year Western Visayas Culture, Heritage and the Arts Agenda, a press release from the National Economic and Development Authority 6 said yesterday.

A regional technical working group created for the purpose held an online meeting recently, where it was agreed that they will conduct an orientation on Philippine Framework for Cultural Statistics (PFCS) among regional line agencies, local government units and higher education institutions;

Identify regional cultural indicators and create the Western Visayas cultural statistics portal, gather cultural data by the LGUs, and crafting the regional situationer on culture, heritage, and the arts, the press release said.

Pursuant to RDC-VI Resolution No. 50, series of 2020, the RCHAC-TWG will facilitate and ensure the implementation of the PFCS in the generation and measurement of cultural data in Western Visayas in accordance with national and international standards set by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The PFCS will serve as a guideline on basic concepts of cultural indicators to be gathered and the methodology of generating the data.

The RCHAC-TWG is composed of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, NEDA, PSA, DILG, CHED, and the province of Capiz for the government, and the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. and The Negros Museum based in Bacolod City representing the private sector groups. Arli Joshua Atienza of the NCCA, meanwhile, presented the salient features of the PFCS, including its six cultural domains, namely cultural and natural heritage, performance and celebration, visual arts and artisan’s products, books and press, audio, visual, broadcast, and interactive media, and creative services, the press release added.*

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