De Venecia defends the creative industry

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Pangasinan Fourth District Representative Christopher de Venecia (right) with “Business and Politics” host Manila Times President Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd on Saturday, October 29, 2022. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA

PANGASINAN Fourth District Representative Christopher de Venecia wants to be remembered as the country’s creative industry champion.

“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 Manila Times President Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd.

The Philippine Creative Industries Development Act (Republic Act 11904), the brainchild of de Venecia, seeks to protect the rights and abilities of creative businesses, artists, employees, indigenous cultural groups, music producers, content and creative industries stakeholders.

He said the industry covers nine areas: audiovisual media (movies, television, broadcasts, music); digital interactive media (video games, digitized creative content); creative services (creative research, creative development); design (fashion, textile development); publishing and print media (comics, magazines, published media); performing arts (musical theatre, opera); visual arts (drawings, sculptors, paintings, photographs); traditional cultural expressions (arts and crafts, gastronomy); and cultural sites (museums, cultural exhibitions).

RA 11904 establishes the Philippine Creative Industries Development Council as the primary decision-making body for the industry. It will be made up of representatives from government and different areas of the creative industry. “The council is mandated to formulate and implement the Philippines’ Creative Industries Development Plan, which will become the roadmap for developing our country’s creative sector for years to come,” said de Venecia.

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The law also promotes creative education, bridges the gap between professional requirements and skills, strengthens links between industry and academia, encourages academic institutions to engage in innovative initiatives and supports formal learning. and informal.

The congressman said this comprehensive legislation will provide creative industry players with more development opportunities.

“The next major step now is the IRR, or implementing rules and regulations, convening the board and hiring the secretariat,” he said.

“Now is also the time to build an appropriate database of creative businesses and freelancers to facilitate assistance in times of national emergency,” he added.

De Venecia looked at his breakthrough project, the Anakbanwa Creative Residency Program, which chose an interior design student, a dancer and an architect to receive grants worth P100,000 each for a residency artist on site for four to five weeks in Tondaligan. Dagupan City Beach.

“We are thrilled with the great potential we have discovered, embodied by the three recipients we have chosen,” 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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