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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



31 May 2022 07:40:46 PM

The House of Representatives on Tuesday ratified the Bicameral Conference Committee Report that reconciled the disagreeing provisions of House Bill 10107 and Senate Bill 2455, to be known as the “Philippine Creative Industries Development Act.” Rep. Christopher V.P. De Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan) head of the House Contingent to the bicam panel, in a privilege speech, said that while the House and Senate versions differed in a number of ways, their spirit and intent were identical as both enjoyed significant and multi-level interventions from the stakeholders. Both bills called for the creation of the Creative Industries Development Council to oversee the development and promotion of the Philippines Creative Industries as a legitimate economic sector. The Council would formulate and implement the Philippine Creative Industries Development Plan that would serve as the roadmap or blueprint to develop the country’s creative industries for years to come. The bills also aim to generate jobs, opportunities, financial and social protection, and support for the creative class, as well as economic incentives and targeted interventions for creative MSMEs which are among the biggest providers of livelihood for creative workers and freelancers. The conferees used the House version as the working draft of the proposals. De Venecia thanked the Vice Chairs of the House Special Committee on Creative Industry and Performing Arts -- Reps. Kiko Benitez, Lianda Bolilia, Edward Maceda, Lucy Torres Gomez, and Roman Romulo – as well as the special committee members for their splendid work. He also thanked House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, former Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, and Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez for their consistent support for the creative agenda and industry./