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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

Creation of Tabuk City Council for Culture and the Arts proposed

Updated: May 22, 2022

Tabuk City, Kalinga – The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tabuk City headed by Acting Vice-Mayor, Atty. Zorayda Mia Wacnang seeks the creation of Tabuk City Council for Culture and the Arts to protect, preserve and promote the Tabukenian identity.

This is through the proposed ordinance authored by Indigenous Person Mandatory Representative Martinez Vicente.

The measure cited that it is the duty of the City of Tabuk to support and promote Kalinga artist and cultural workers as prime movers of the creative industries or the creative economy.

The ordinance explained that this is because human creativity is the ultimate economic resource and imagination is the greatest asset especially for a city that has a rich cultural tradition and an enormous pool of creative talent.

Also, the proponents aims to preserve the local cultural institutions such as the Pudon/Bodong or peace-pact which governs the relationships between Kalinga sub-tribes and the Tungtungan/ Pagta which is primarily resorted to as alternative dispute mechanism where the persons in conflict are brought together in a dialogue called for by the elders of the community to settle the dispute.

The council is to formulate and implement policies for the development culture and arts. This will be in coordination with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Department of Interior and Local Government as well as affiliated cultural entities in the private and public sectors.

Composition of the City Council for Culture and the Arts

According to the ordinance, the City Council for Culture and the Arts shall be chaired by the Mayor with the Acting City Vice-Mayor as Co-chairperson while the IPMR will sit as Vice Chairperson or Action Officer.

Council members will be SP Chairpersons of the Committee on Education, Infrastructure, Environment, Ways and Means, among others.

IP Episcopalian Commission Representative along with Tourism Officer, Planning and Development Officer, NCIP Representative, DepEd Tabuk Division, City Budget Officer, 9 IPMR Representative, NGO Representative, and five recognized artists in song and dance will likewise be members of the city council.

The ordinance was approved on first reading during the regular session on March 22, 2022 at Laoagan Inn and Resort, Bulanao, Tabuk City and was referred to the Committee on Rules.


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