The city’s cultural mapping project presented

BAGUIO CITY – (05 May 2021) – City planning and development office (CPDO) chief Archt. Donna Rillera Tabangin presented the deliverables and implementation plan of the Summer Capital’s Cultural Mapping Project whose goal is to develop a strong and effective culture, arts policy and coordination mechanism for the city.

She gave the presentation during the regular management committee meeting, May 4, of local officials led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong at Baguio Convention Center.

The project’s objective is to establish and maintain the city’s unique culture and heritage, Tabangin said.

Ongoing this month, she said, is the completion of the project’s budget for approval by the local finance committee and the city development council; hiring of job orders and nomination of heritage mappers from local government offices; and research colloquium with the academe.

The cultural mapping team will be led by the CPDO as project coordinator supported by a team composed of a lead mapper and three or more cultural mappers  to be filled with job orders.

Mapping members  are key officers of concerned government offices including selected members of church officials; barangay captains; artists and cultural workers; non-government organizations; local educators and historians; United Architects of the Philippines and other professional organizations.

Tabangin also disclosed the project’s  January 2021 to January 2022 time frame:  Organizing the local mapping team (May-June 2021); training the local mapping team (July 2021); data gathering (August-November 2021); data validation and reporting of draft profile (December 2021); final culture and heritage profile by January 2022.

Already conducted in the first quarter of 2021 is the first meeting of the Baguio City Cultural Heritage and Conservation Committee; engagement with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; capability building via zoom; memorandum of understanding signing for the project, she said. – Gaby B. Keith