This study assessed the compliance of the Local Government of Camalig to the Memorandum Circular (MC) 2017-133, which formed the basis for the creation of the Local Culture and Arts Council (LCAC) in every city and municipality in the country. This qualitative-descriptive study employed the Systems Theory of Organizations as methodological framework, with data sourced from LGU documents and literature, and from critical issues culled from workshop discussions. The findings showed that LGU-Camalig is fully compliant in terms of the set-up of its reconstituted tourism and heritage office, and in having an approved heritage development and conservation plan; moderately compliant in terms of accomplishments, and the relevant trainings of members. The findings also showed lack of indication of involvement of the grassroot and other sectors in all aspects of the planning and programming of the office. The lack of funds had a significant bearing on the performance of the council, particularly during the pandemic period, where funds where deviated to projects deemed more essential. The findings can be used as bases for enhancing the operations of the office through, the passage of an ordinance allocating separate funds for cultural works; the creation of a continuing training and education program for the members and other stakeholders, and through the more visible and felt engagement of the grassroot and other sectors in the tourism and heritage program. The insights gleaned from the study would be useful to other local government structures in crafting a fully functional local culture and arts council.
Agnes Lasin, Bicol University, Philippines