Issue of December 31, 2017
Mt. Province

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Agencies explore action plan to boost city’s creative status
by Aileen P. Refuerzo / PIO

Government and private stakeholders convened recently to chart action plans aimed at “maximizing Baguio City’s membership” to the Unesco Creative Cities Network.

Councilor Elmer Datuin who was invited to the Small-Group Strategic Planning Session recently by the Department of Tourism-Cordillera Director Marie Venus Tan and University of the Philippines Baguio Chancellor Raymundo Rovillos said the participants led by the newly formed Baguio City Creative Council for Crafts and Folk Arts were able to interact and explore the concept of “Creative Economy “ as a means of making creativity as a component of urban development.

Paulo Mercado, president of the Creative Economy Development Council of the Philippines who, Tan and Rovillos said, has been guiding the city in its Creative Cities Network endeavor, presented the concept before the creative council members composed of artists in the industries of weaving, carving and sculpture, metalcraft, visual and performing arts, music and literature, and the concerned local government unit office representatives.

Datuin said Mercado envisions Baguio City as a model or pioneer site for creative economy where creativity will be tapped as a strategic factor in attaining sustainable development.

He said Mercado expressed willingness to work with the city in clustering the various arts groups in the categories of crafts and folk arts and create avenues by which each group can unite their efforts and work together to further develop and promote their crafts and artistry as a primary tourist attraction and the same time uplift their livelihood.

“The idea is for these loose businesses to grow into their full potential and become large-scale industries to benefit both the city and the artists through the concept of creative economy,” Datuin said. This is in keeping with the poverty alleviation end of the 17 sustainable development goals set forth under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which is described as a “bold new framework for development cooperation over the next 15 years.”

The creation of the local creative council is crucial to the achievement of the goals of the creative cities and the members will also form part of the committee on culture and arts that will be created by the city council through an ordinance, according to Datuin.

Baguio made it to the Unesco’s list of creative cities worldwide as announced in November for its notable crafts and folk arts. It is the first Philippine city to be part of the global network.

“They join a network at the frontline of Unesco’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development,” Unesco said in a statement.

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Kings College of the Philippines
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Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
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Philex Mining Corporation
Pines City Colleges
Province of Benguet
Sangguniang Panlungsod
SM City Baguio
Social Security System

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Central University
Baguio Heart and Lung Diagnostic Center Inc.
Baguio Memorial Chapels Incorporated
Baguio Water District
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
C & Triple A Supermart
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Curamed Pharmacy
Data Center College of the Philippines of Baguio City Inc.
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Department of Transportation – CAR
Easter College Incorporated
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Fast East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Friendship Association of Northern Luzon, Inc.
GMS Technology
Immigration Network Services, Inc.
La Funeraria Paz, Inc.
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
MMS Development Training Center Corporation
Mother Earth Deli Basket
National Economic & Development Authority–CAR
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
Philippine Science High School – CARC
R.A. Gapuz Review Center
Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
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