House okays nat’l youth program for music

February 20, 2019

THE House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading a proposed law seeking to designate the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) as the National Youth Development Program for Music.

The bill, principally authored by Aurora Rep. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, was filed in response to the need to develop and promote Philippine music as an art and a handmaid of cultural development.

The measure declares it is the policy of the State to appropriately recognize, designate and support non-government organizations that have demonstrated pioneering, consistent, and unassailable competence, effectiveness, and success in discovering and developing young musical artists and talents, and the preservation, development and promotion of Philippine music and culture.

In line with this, the proposed “NAMCYA Act” provides for the discovery of outstanding musical talent through nationwide competitions and festivals designed for young Filipino musicians in all forms, styles, and musical traditions in the country.

It also aims to assist in the cultivation, development and advancement of outstanding young Filipino musicians through scholarships, training, performance and other forms of incentives.

The bill also seeks to preserve, develop, and promote Philippine music as an art and as an important component of cultural and social development, and establish a training program for music leaders, experts, and teachers in order to maintain and cultivate the highest standard of musical training for the youth.