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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



16 September 2021 07:49:18 PM

The House Special Committee on Creative Industry and Performing Arts chaired by Rep. Christopher de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan) held its initial hearing Thursday on House Resolution 2137, seeking an inquiry into the current state of the publishing and other related industries amid digital transformation and the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution was filed by De Venecia and Committee Vice-Chair Rep. Francisco Benitez (3rd District, Negros Occidental). During the online hearing, the panel discussed the ecosystem, value chain, trends and education in the Publishing and Print Media (PPM) sector. According to Department of Trade and Industry- Competitiveness and Innovation Group (DTI–CIG) Consultant Dr. Ser Percival Peña-Reyes, their data showed that the PPM’s contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to P49.2-billion in 2017. De Venecia said that the onslaught of COVID-19 led to the PPM Industry’s loss of P3.6-billion in revenues, mainly due to school closures, decrease in local publication, as well as limited to absence of operations of bookstores. National Book Development Board (NBDB) Executive Director Charisse Aquino highlighted some of the pressing issues of the creatives and content creators, such as the lack of local literary agents to help develop intellectual property, no standard rates to help professionalize service cost, lenient enforcement of copyright laws, and lack of support for freelancers or regional authors, among others. Meanwhile, Department of Education (DepEd) Senior Education Program Specialist Christine Graza-Magboo stated that they currently have a Special Program in the Arts, which includes theater, visual and media arts, as well as creative writing. She said the DepEd also offers activities such as Brigada Pagbasa, National Festival of Talents, Sining Pangkabuhayan and National Schools Press Conference that encourage learners to become part of the publishing industry. The panel's next hearing on the PPM industry would focus on marketing and intellectual property issues.