CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Northern Mindanao Regional Committee on the Promotion of Culture (RCPC-X) held its first semester meeting on 14 June 2022 via video conferencing. The meeting showcased initiatives and best practices of government agencies, local government units, and academe in promoting culture and values in the region.

RCPC-X Chairperson and presiding officer, Regional Director Arturo B. Bayocot, CESO III, of the Department of Education-X (DepEd-X) highlighted the important roles culture and values play in attaining inclusive, sustainable, and people-centered development. “Shared culture and values cultivate greater cohesion in our society,” he said in his opening message, adding that unity in diversity is the guiding principle that will help inform policies and programs for the people.

The Provincial Tourism Office of Lanao del Norte, in coordination with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), presented the cultural mapping activities they conducted in the province to identify, document, conserve, develop, and promote the natural and cultural heritage of Lanao del Norte. The Culture and Arts Office of Capitol University highlighted their Culture of Care webinars and Therapeutic Art Sessions promoting mental health. 

Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) – Xavier University delved on Museo de Oro, the region’s first museum founded in 1967 by Fr. Fransisco R. Demetrio, SJ.

Also, Undersecretary Mary Liza A. Diño, Chairperson of the Film Development Council (FDCP) discussed the organization’s programs and projects to conserve the country’s cinematic heritage.

The meeting also validated the assessment of Chapter 7 (Promoting the Philippine Culture and Values) of the RDP Midterm Update as part of the 2021 Regional Development Report and endorsed to the RDC its priority action areas for 2022 and beyond.

Dir. Bayocot commended the committee members for their steadfast efforts to promote and mainstream culture and values in the localities and in the region, which helped the sector withstand the seismic hits from the COVID-19 pandemic.