The Regional Development Council of Region VI (RDC-VI) through the Regional Culture, Heritage and the Arts Committee (RCHAC) undertook activities leading to the establishment of the Western Visayas Cultural Statistics and Database System.  A regional technical working group created for the purpose held an online meeting on January 18, 2021.

Pursuant to RDC-VI Resolution No. 50 series of 2020, the RCHAC-TWG will facilitate and ensure the implementation of the Philippine Framework for Cultural Statistics (PFCS) in the generation and measurement of cultural data in Western Visayas, which will be in accordance with national and international standards set by the UNESCO. The PFCS serves as a guideline on the basic concepts of cultural indicators to be gathered and the methodology of generating the data.

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 Ten-Year Western Visayas Culture, Heritage and the Arts Agenda.

The RCHAC-TWG is composed of NCCA, NEDA, PSA, DILG, CHED, and the Province of Capiz for the government while the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. and The Negros Museum represent the private sector groups.

Mr. Alphonsus Tesoro, Provincial Culture and Tourism Officer of the Province of Capiz, welcomed the TWG members on behalf of RCHAC Chairperson, Governor Esteban Evan B. Contreras of Capiz. He urged the members to relentlessly pursue this endeavor which will further enrich the culture of the region and promote preservation of heritage.

Mr. Arli Joshua Atienza, Culture and Arts Officer of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) presented the salient features of the PFCS including its six cultural domains: 1) Cultural and Natural Heritage, 2) Performance and Celebration, 3) Visual Arts and Artisan’s Products, 4) Books and Press, 5) Audio, Visual, Broadcast and Interactive Media, and 6) Creative Services.

The first meeting yielded the following agreements: the conduct of an orientation on PFCS among regional line agencies, local government units and the higher education institutions; identification of regional cultural indicators and the creation of the Western Visayas Cultural Statistics Portal; gathering of cultural data by the LGUs; and the crafting of the Western Visayas Regional Situationer on Culture, Heritage and the Arts./AAAndong, PFPD, NEDA-VI