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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Sept. 9 (PIA) –The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is now accepting project proposals to fulfill its mandate of preserving, developing and promoting the country's arts and culture, Maritess Pitalbo from the NCCA National Endowment Fund for Culture And Arts said in a press orientation held Friday.

"We are encouraging local government units, organizations or even individuals to craft programs and projects, particularly those in line with culture and arts and submit proposals to their office for funding," saying that those projects that are appropriate in helping lessen poverty in the country.

She added that the national agency is now accepting proposals for projects to be implemented in 2016, however this year they are still looking for implementers of projects which have been conceptualized already.

The press orientation held at Villa Romana Hotel in Maasin City was participated by the private and government media. With. Pitalbo were Jayson Conda, Anne Cabrera, Ike Macasa, among other NCCA staff.

For 2016, the NCCA is providing venue for the different regions including Eastern Visayas to express their local culture and development concerns, which the different programs and projects shall be addressed, it was learned.

Pitalbo revealed that NCCA has set two categories of proposals such as Category A which include projects that have been conceptualized during various levels of planning workshops following the identified needs of the locality and Category B which calls for project proposals conceptualized by proponents with due consideration to the important concerns cited in the project brief and aligned to the identified NCCA priorities and outcomes.

The deadline of submission of letters of intent and proposals is on September 30, 2015 and to be submitted to the Planning, Policy Formulation and Programming division at NCCA Building in Manila. (jrc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)