The House Committees on Government Enterprises and Privatization, and Basic Education and Culture has approved the “Traditional Arts in Mindanao and Sulu” bill on Thursday, November 11.
House Bill No. 1580 primarily proposes the creation of the Institute of Sulu and Mindanao Traditional Arts or INSUMINTRA which will be tasked to plan, institute and monitor traditional arts, crafts, programs, projects, and activities that will institutionalize the preservation and enhancement of the traditional arts in Mindanao and Sulu.
The proposed INSUMINTRA will also coordinate with other concerned government agencies engaged in similar and related activities.
The measure was introduced by Deputy Speaker and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman and Anak Mindanao (AMIN) Partylist Rep. Amihilda Sangcopan.
The bill also seeks to promote, protect and conserve the traditional arts in Mindanao and create for the purpose the Institute for Traditional Arts in Mindanao and Sulu.
Isabela City Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman, who previously proposed the said measure as AMIN Partylist congresswoman during the 17th Congress, and art critic-curator Marian Pastor Roces graced the said hearing as resource speakers.
Turabin-Hataman cited the need for an institution or organization that will administer and maintain the culture of ethnic groups or minorities in the said region which she hopes will be replicated by other ethnic groups in the country.
Roces, on the other hand, noted the importance of databasing so that the traditional arts and works of ethnic groups in the Mindanao region will not go extinct. (Melvin Sarangay)