December 19, 2014 

I. Logo


NCCA logo

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The NCCA logo is the Alab ng Haraya, (The Flame of Imagination), which symbolizes the well spring of Filipino art and culture.

It is composed of two basic elements – the fire and the censer.

The fire is a stylized letter K of Philippine indigenous script that stands for kadakilaan or greatness. The fire represents the highest level of imagination and emanates from a three-tiered censer.

The three tiers stand for organization, economic support, and an orientation rooted on a thorough grasp of tradition and history, which the NCCA provides.

It is done in gold to symbolize the immense wealth of Philippine culture.

II. Official Hymn: PAMBANSANG KULTURA

Pambansang kultura, ating dalisayin
Mula sa gunita’t alamat ng lahi;
Mula saribúhay, kulay-bahaghari.
Pambansang kultura, ating pag-alabing
Láwas ng marangal, ginhawa, matatag;
Tanglaw sa pagbigkis, paglusog, pag-uswág.
Ating paghaluing kunday ng kampílan,
Busíl ng hagábi, dunsól ng kulíntang,
Rabáw ng tinalak, moog ng singkában,
Ang lahat ng diwa at harayang taal.
Pambansang kultura, ating-atin lámang,
Kapag itinanghal saanman sa mundo:
Malikhain, mapagbago, Filipino.
Ating paghaluing kunday ng kampílan,
Busíl ng hagábi, dunsól ng kulíntang,
Rabáw ng tinalak, moog ng singkában,
Ang lahat ng diwa at harayang taal.
Pambansang kultura, ating-atin lámang,
Kapag itinanghal saanman sa mundo:
Malikhain, mapagbago, Filipino.
Malikhain, mapagbago, Filipino.

Titik: Virgilio Almario
Musika: Felipe de Leon, Jr.

Orkestrasyon: Diwa de Leon

III. Introduction

I
n 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 and projects.

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 (now, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines), the National Museum, The National Library (now, The National Library of the Philippines), and the Records, Management, and Archives Office (now, the National Archives of the Philippines) 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 / Commission on the Filipino Language. 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 Commission together with the six cultural agencies works with the principle of partnership, collaboration and shared responsibility in achieving effectively and efficiently the implementation of cultural programs as well as maximizing of resources.

The NCCA was created to serve as the presidential inter-agency commission to coordinate cultural policies and programs.

IV. Legal Basis

Republic Act No. 7356 (April 3, 1992), An Act Creating the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Establishing a National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA), and for Other Purposes.

The Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 7356

Other related legal basis:

  1. Executive Order No. 80 (March 5, 1999), Transferring the CCP, KWF, NM, NHI, TNL, and RMAO to the NCCA for Policy Coordination

  2. Republic Act No. 9155 (August 11, 2001), [Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001]  Section 8: Administratively attaching the KWF, NHI, RMAO and TNL to the NCCA

  3. Republic Act No. 10066 (March 26, 2010), [National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009], An Act Providing for the Protection and Conservation of the National Cultural Heritage, Strengthening the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and its Affiliated Cultural Agencies, and for other Purposes

 Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 10066


V. Vision

The culture and arts community envisions the Filipino culture as the Wellspring of national and global well-being [Ang kalinangang Filipino ay bukal ng kagalingang pambansa at pandaigdig].

Approved during the Joint BOC and NAB Members Strategic Planning
 at the MMLDC, Antipolo, Rizal on January 19 & 20, 2012 per Resolution Number 2012-345)


VI. Mission

According to Sections 8 and 12 of RA No. 7356, the NCCA is created and mandated to formulate and implement policies and plans in accordance with the principles stated in Title I of RA No. 7356:

  • To formulate policies for development of culture and the arts;
  • To implement these policies in coordination with affiliated cultural agencies;
  • To coordinate implementation of programs of these affiliated agencies;
  • To administer the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA);
  • To encourage artistic creation within a climate of artistic freedom;
  • To develop and promote the Filipino national culture and arts; and,
  • To preserve Filipino cultural heritage.

VII. Mandate

  • To encourage the continuing and balanced development of a pluralistic culture by the people themselves;
  • To conserve, promote and protect the nation’s historical and cultural heritage;
  • To ensure the widest dissemination of artistic and cultural products among the greatest number of people across the country and overseas for their appreciation and enjoyment;
  • To preserve and integrate traditional culture and its various creative expressions as a dynamic part of the national cultural mainstream; and,
  • To ensure that standards of excellence are pursued in programs and activities implementing policies herein stated, it shall encourage and support continuing discussion and debate through symposia, workshops, publications, etc., on the highest norms available in the matrix of Philippine culture.

VIII. Functions

In general, the Commission shall undertake the functions of policy formulation, coordination, and grants assistance.   It shall also be an executing agency for the policies formulated.  Further, it shall exercise the following powers and functions pursuant to RA 7356:

    1. Encourage and facilitate the organization of a network of regional and local councils for culture and the arts, hereunder described, to ensure a broad nationwide, people-based participation in the formulation of plans, the enforcement of culture-related laws and regulations, the implementation of programs/ projects and the review of funding requirements
    2. Establish a Secretariat under an Executive Director for the administrative and day-to-day operations of the Commission;
    3. Set up a system of networking and coordination with and among all existing government cultural agencies for the effective implementation of plans, strategies, programs and activities, and to avoid unnecessary duplication of functions therein;
    4. Create committees and other mechanisms to help expedite the implementation of plans and strategies;
    5. Call upon and coordinate with other government and non-government and cultural institutions and agencies for assistance in any form;
    6. Generate resources both from the Government and private sectors, local, national and international, for its operations as well as for the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA);
    7. Receive and accept donations and other conveyances including funds, materials and other services, by gratuitous title;
    8. Administer the NEFCA and give grants for the development, protection, preservation and dissemination of Philippine culture and the arts, and designate a comptroller;
    9. Prepare an annual budget of the Commission and submit the same to the President for inclusion in the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA);
    10. Advise the President on matters pertaining to culture and the arts, including the creation of a special decoration or award, for persons who have significantly contributed to the development and promotion of Philippine culture and arts;
    11. Regulate activities inimical to the preservation / conservation of national cultural heritage/ properties, which shall be contained in a separate document;
    12. Investigate such inimical activities in conjunction with the proper government agencies, such as the Department of Interior and Local Government, the National Historical Institute, the National Museum and other such agencies, with the aim of prosecuting such activities and recommending other actions such as legislation, executive issuances and other appropriate actions;
    13. May delegate decision making on specific cases to the Chairperson, the Executive Director and the Secretariat as it sees fit. Matters for decision that are not explicitly delegated by resolution shall require Commission action; and,
    14. Promulgate other rules and regulations and undertake any and all measures as may be necessary to implement R.A. No. 7356.

IX. Organizational Chart

NCCA Organizational Structure

NCCA Organization Chart

NCCA Secretariat

NCCA Secretariat Details


X. Officials

NCCA Board of Commissioners

Secretariat

XI. Reports


XII. NCCA Citizen's Charter

 

 

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