COINCIDENCES, for individual or social groups, can be very interesting or even historically oriented. Upon my arrival after several months of traveling abroad a few years ago, mainly in British Columbia, Canada, it was a very interesting coincidence to receive an invitation as director of the Negros Occidental Historical Council, Inc. from provincial government of Negros Occidental at a forum on the relevance of cultural resources and economic growth. This brief workshop-forum on history, culture and economic growth was sponsored by the provincial government on September 20, 2014 with material and technical support from the Canadian government as part of its local support program in the Philippines.
For me, the coincidences were very timely because my visits to Canada were not only related to family and friends, but also interacted with various Canadian groups active in the private and public sectors in Canadian society that were globally notable, between others, for their very interesting multi-activities. cultural society.
The other unique coincidence shared in our column today is that the most current contemporary historical situation has linked the lives of Filipinos and Canadians in another way. To quote an interesting aspect of this historic relationship, Canada has been one of the largest donors of material and financial assistance to the millions of victims of Typhoon “Yolanda” over the past decades in the central Philippines. This brief forum was also linked to Canada’s continued comprehensive assistance to the Philippines. As previously noted, the brief workshop focused on the related values of cultural resources and economic development in the initially selected local government areas of Bacolod, Talisay and Silay in the Negros Occidental. In the hope that more regions and Negrens can be involved in this program in the years to come, our column today will simply share the main aspects of this activity in the form of a short initial presentation. By the way, while the main national government agency in this program was the Ministry of Interior and Local Government, the participation of the provincial government was competently managed by the Provincial Tourist Board. The general manager of the activity was Mr. Jeff Evenson, vice-president of the Canadian Urban Institute, based in Toronto, Canada. As part of the overall framework discussed at the workshop, the first main core topic presented was the “Cultural Resource Framework”.
The following aspects or types of cultural resources were briefly discussed here, namely: the cultural industry; cultural profession; cultural organizations; cultural spaces and facilities; natural heritage; cultural heritage; festivals and events and intangible culture. Simply put, it is the various cultural resources that are of general concern to all countries of the world. After identifying these various cultural resources, the local communities concerned can begin to develop a workable master plan to actualize the development of cultural economic progress. Among other aspects, a simple plan framework focused on telling stories or background information, building or developing capacity, and creating what the workshop leader calls “Great Places”. which are potential resources for tourism, historical, cultural and possibly economic growth. This author is pleased, on behalf of the Negeros Occidental Historical Council, Inc., to join in the follow-up activities of this Canadian assistance project for the improvement of history and culture in the economic progress of Negros Occidental. We will share more relevant details about these activities in our next columns.