President Aquino has signed last April 17 Administrative Order 26 which directs all government agencies to turn over films and other audiovisual presentations in their possession to the National Film Archive of the Philippines (NFAP).
The directive is envisioned to preserve films and audiovisual presentations of various government agencies as they “form part of the cultural treasure of the nation.”
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said the film archive of the Film Development Council of the Philippines will serve as the official depository of these materials and will assume the task of caring, preserving and reconstructing films and audiovisual productions.
“It is the job of the State to preserve [our] artistic and cultural wealth. It is also [its] job to encourage the advancement of the local film industry… to enrich our artistic, cultural and social values… [for] better understanding and appreciation of our identity as Filipinos,” he said.
Under AO 26, which takes effect immediately, all departments, agencies and offices of the Executive Branch, including government corporations, are required to turn over their existing original or copies of films and other audiovisual presentations to the NFAP.
The FDCP has also been authorized to require and/or request film producers, film makers, and owners of newly-produced films and audiovisual materials to deposit a copy of their productions with the NFAP within one month after these were shown.
The NFAP will, thus, keep a record of all the materials it receives and to publish this record at the end of each year.
The FDCP’s functions include the establishment of the film archive to conserve and protect film negatives and/or prints as part of the nation’s historical, cultural, and artistic heritage.
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