PANGASINAN Fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia wants to be remembered as the champion of the country's creative industry.
"I really wanted to change the perception that people see the creative industry as having no career and no money but, in fact, it has sustainability, potential and value," de Venecia said during an interview on SMNI's "Business and Politics," a weekly program hosted by The Manila Times Chairman Dante "Klink" Ang 2nd.
The Philippine Creative Industries Development Act (Republic Act 11904), de Venecia's brainchild, seeks the protection of the rights and capacities of creative enterprises, artists, employees, Indigenous cultural groups, content producers and stakeholders in the creative industries.
He said the industry covered nine domains: audiovisual media (films, television, broadcasts, music); digital interactive media (video games, digitized creative content); creative services (creative research, creative development); design (fashion, textile development); publishing and printed media (comics, magazines, published media); performing arts (musical theater, opera); visual arts (drawings, sculptors, paintings, photographs); traditional cultural expressions (arts and crafts, gastronomy); and cultural sites (museums, cultural exhibitions).
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RA 11904 establishes the Philippine Creative Industries Development Council as the main policymaking body for the industry. It will be composed of representatives from both the government and the different creative industry domains. "The council has the mandate to formulate and implement the Philippine Creative Industries Development Plan, which shall become the roadmap to developing our country's creative sector for years to come," de Venecia said.
The law also promotes creative education, addresses the gap between work requirements and skill sets, strengthens ties between industry and academics, encourages academic institutions to engage in innovative initiatives, and supports both formal and informal learning.
The congressman said this comprehensive piece of legislation will provide creative industry stakeholders more opportunities to develop.
"The major next step now is the IRR, or implementing rules and regulations, the convening of the council and the hiring of the secretariat," he said.
"It is now also time to build a proper database of creative firms and freelance workers in order to facilitate aid in times of national emergency," he added.
De Venecia delved on his groundbreaking project, the Anakbanwa Creative Residency Program, which has chosen an interior design student, a dancer and an architect to receive grants worth P100,000 each for a four-to five-week on-site arts residency in Tondaligan Beach in Dagupan City.
"We are thrilled about the great potential we discovered, embodied by the three grantees we chose," he said.
Nathan Artificio, Gab Brioso, Xyza Ragunjan and other Pangasinan artists have their works on display at the MacArthur House on the grounds of West Central Elementary School 1 in Dagupan City until November 6 as part of the project.
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