CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Dir. Arturo B. Bayocot, CESO III, RDC-X Regional Committee on the Promotion of Culture (RCPC-X) Chairperson and Department of Education-X Regional Director, highlighted the importance of culture, arts, and values in fostering greater social cohesion and equity in our communities during the committee’s 2nd Semester 2022 Meeting on 9 November 2022 held at the Department of Education Regional Office X, Masterson Avenue, Cagayan de Oro.

Director Bayocot further stressed that culture must be geared towards sustainable development and it must have a distinct Filipino and Northern Mindanaoan character and identity in it, “Tatak Region X.”

At the national front, Mr. Lutgardo Labad, Consultant for the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), stated that “A sense of identity and a sense of creativity can boost local tourism.” He added that culture, arts, and tourism should be mainstreamed in the localities because they have huge social and economic benefits for communities and can enhance people’s quality of life.

As a result, LGUs are enjoined to include culture and arts in their priority development thrusts. Their proactive efforts in enhancing the localities’ cultural landscape, especially along cultural heritage conservation, establishment of cultural centers, and capacity building for Local Culture and Arts Councils (LCACs), will help bolster tourism in their jurisdictions.

Other important agenda were also covered during said meeting. One of which is NCCA’s Culture Recovery and Resiliency Plan 2021-2028 that ensures timely, relevant, and culture-based response to COVID-19 pandemic and other forms of disaster.

The Civil Service Commission’s Values Program, which commits to uphold the principle of public offices as institutions of public trust, and the Department of Education’s best practices in the promotion of culture, arts, and values, including the Indigenous People’s Education (IPEd) were tabled as agenda.

Members of the RDC-X Regional Committee on the Promotion of Culture (RCPC-X), together with Chair RD Arturo B. Bayocot, CESO III, DepEd-X posed for a picture during the committee’s 2nd Semester 2022 Meeting held at the Audio-Visual Center, Department of Education Regional Office X, Masterson Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City on 9 November 2022.