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March 9, 2011

About National Commission for Culture and the Arts


In 1987, then President Corazon C. Aquino penned Executive Order No. 118 creating the Presidential Commission on Culture and Arts. Five years later, in 1992, this presidential directive was enacted into law-- Republic Act 7356, creating the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The original bill was jointly authored by Senators Edgardo Angara, Heherson Alvarez, Leticia Ramos Shahani, and Congressman Carlos Padilla.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippines is the overall policy making body, coordinating, and grants giving agency for the preservation, development and promotion of Philippine arts and culture; an executing agency for the policies it formulates; and task to administering the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA) -- fund exclusively for the implementation of culture and arts programs in line with the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan for Culture and the Arts.

The government’s support for cultural development is particularly highlighted by the passage of R.A. 7356 that created the NCCA. The coordination among the cultural agencies was strengthened by the virtue of Executive Order No. 80, which placed the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the National Historical Institute, the National Museum, The National Library, and the National Archives under the NCCA umbrella. Further, through Republic Act No. 9155, administratively attached the earlier aforementioned five cultural agencies to the NCCA, including now the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. Thus, the NCCA is responsible for culture and the arts in the Philippines --- and, if not in the name, the de facto Ministry of Culture.

The NCCA together with the six cultural agencies work with the principle of partnership, collaboration and shared responsibility in effectively and efficiently achieving the implementation of cultural programs as well as maximizing of resources.

A Filipino nation united, empowered, and sustained by its cultural and artistic life and heritage.

NCCA's Mandate

Pursuant to Sec. 8 of RA No. 7356Formulate policies for the development of culture and the arts

* To coordinate & implement the overall policies and program of attached agencies on the development of culture and arts as stated under Executive Order No. 80
* Administer the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts
* Encourage artistic creation within a climate of artistic freedom
* Develop and promote the Filipino national culture and arts; and
* Preserve Filipino cultural heritage

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