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Legarda urges LGUs to form cultural councils

January 5, 2016

IN a bid to further propagate and cultivate Filipino arts and culture, Sen. Loren Legarda, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, has introduced special provisions in the 2016 national budget that encourages the establishment of councils for the promotion of culture and the arts in all cities and municipalities nationwide.

Legarda, also the chairman of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities and a staunch supporter of the arts and culture, said she envisions the Philippines to become a leading destination for cultural tourism.

“We must continue to enrich our cultural activities and celebrations in different regions to remind us of the history and traditions of our towns and provinces and to unite people and communities as we work together in celebrating our rich cultural heritage,” Legarda said.

She added that providing support to cultural organizations and local artists in the form of grants-in-aid, technical assistance, networking opportunities and capacity-building initiatives through these councils is also vital in marketing the country as a destination for cultural tourism.

Source: Business Mirror