Explanatory Note of the OPM Development Act of 2014 (House Bill 4218)

Currently pending in Congress is the proposed OPM Development Act of 2014 (House Bill No. 4218), sponsored by Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat. Here’s the explanatory note of the bill:

EXPLANATORY NOTE

Article XIV, Section 15 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution provides that “Arts and Letters shall enjoy the patronage of the State. The State shall conserve, promote, and popularize the nation’s historical and cultural heritage and resources, as well as artistic creations.” In view thereof, Executive Order No. 255 series of 1987 decrees the broadcast of a minimum of four (4) Original Pilipino Musical Composition in every clockhour of a program with a musical format. Furthermore, Republic Act No. 7356 created the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, including the National Committee on Music. However, despite these enactments, the popularization of OPM among Filipinos, more so its viability as a sustainable effort by Filipino composers, musicians, producers, performers, remains a colossal challenge. Now more than ever, where foreign artists dominate the local concert scene, where there is no month in a year where a foreign artist would be holding a performance in the Philippines, where foreign artists compete with each other completely obliterating any competition from local artists, should the Philippines take measures to support and promote its local artists and prevent the imminent death of OPM.

[See also: Full text of House Bill 4218; Position of FILSCAP on House Bill 4218. Feel free to constructively  discuss below.]

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