Philippine News Agency

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed three laws establishing three cultural centers and museums in Kalinga, Misamis Oriental, and Biliran to “promote culture and the arts.”

He signed Republic Act 11770, RA 11771, and RA 11772 establishing the Kalinga Cultural Center and Museum in the province of Kalinga; the Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) Cultural Center and Museum in CDO, Misamis Oriental, and the Biliran Cultural Center and Museum in the province of Biliran, respectively, on May 24.

Under the laws, the cultural centers and museums will serve as the institutional medium for the protection, preservation, presentation, and promotion of the cultural, artistic, archaeological, social, historical, religious, and philosophical heritage of the Kalinga, Cagayan de Oro (CDO), and Biliran Island, and its people in view of the richness of their legacies and their relevance to their contemporary and future aspirations.

The Kalinga Cultural Center and Museum will be a collaboration between their respective provincial and city governments, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) with its concerned affiliated cultural agencies among others.

The provincial government of Kalinga, the City Government of CDO, and the provincial government of Biliran must provide the land necessary for the construction or establishment, or both, of the main venue and ancillary offices and facilities of the three cultural centers and museums.

The amount necessary for the implementation of the laws will be charged against the current year’s budget of the NCCA (Proper).

Thereafter, such amount as may be necessary for its continued implementation will be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.

The NCCA is the overall policy-making body, coordinating, and grants-giving agency for the preservation, development, and promotion of Philippine arts and culture.

It is also an executing agency for the policies it formulates and is tasked with administering the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts fund exclusively for the implementation of culture and arts programs and projects.

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