NCCA Executive Director Rico S. Pableo Jr. and Deputy Executive Director Marichu G. Tellano led today’s opening program for the first-ever Conference on Cultural Statistics and Creative Economy happening at the Manila Pavilion.

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The two-day conference seeks to draw awareness about the Philippine Cultural Statistics Framework (PCSF), a set of methodologies and processes utilized to build cultural statistics as the basis for the creation and development of cultural statistics in the country. Aside from the launch of the PCSF, the conference also serves as a platform for igniting the interest of various stakeholders and engage them to contribute to the national development through promotion of culture and other creative economies.

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“Through years of cultural work, we come to recognize the significant role of culture in local and national development, especially in the economic and social realm. Reliable cultural statistics can be a tool that will provide a picture of the state or condition of the society’s cultural life,” said NCCA Deputy Executive Director Tellano as she related the rationale to the conference and discussed briefly the development of Philippine Cultural Statistic Framework.

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NCCA Executive Director Pableo opened the conference highlighting the role of the NCCA and the PCSF in measuring the success of the nation’s cultural policies and how it affects the holistic development of the country in relation to the administration’s Philippine Development Plan for 2022.

The NCCA’s Plan/Policy Formulation and Programming Division (PPFPD) through its Plan and Policy Office (PPO) has led the conceptualization and development of the framework through years of consultations and final approval by the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Leading the first discussion on the 2009 UNESCO Cultural Statistics Framework, one of the bases of the establishment and localization of the PCSF, is Mr. Simon Ellis representing Mr. Shailendra Sigdel, UNESCO Statistical Advisor for South Asia.

The conference continues until tomorrow, October 3, 2017, with the final aim to launch the PCSF and discuss the different issues surrounding the statistics of the culture sector. The conference is also made possible through a partnership with the British Council.