CCP president Nick Lizaso is new NCCA chair

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 27 2019 09:59 AM | Updated as of Dec 28 2019 09:48 AM

Arsenio "Nick" Lizaso. Handout/file

But cultural office says no elections yet

MANILA- Cultural Center of the Philippines president Arsenio "Nick" Lizaso is the new chairperson of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, a Palace document showed.

President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Lizaso to the post on Dec. 23, according to a document from Malacañang released Friday.

In a statement, however, the NCCA said heads of the commission are elected, not appointed, citing Section 9 of Republic Act 7356, the law that created the agency.

"...[T]he post of NCCA Chairman is determined through election among the members of the Board of Commissioners, not through appointment," it said.
"We wish to inform the public that, as of writing, the NCCA Board of Commissioners has yet to conduct their elections," the NCCA said, adding its Board of Commissioners agreed to elect a new chair in January.

It said the current the chair, National Artist Virgilio S. Almario, "shall hold the position until a new chairperson for the term 2020-2022 is elected."

Before he was elected as CCP president in June 2017, Lizaso had spent over 6 decades in theater, television, and film as an actor, director, and producer.

From 1983 to 1985, Lizaso was the president of the Directors Guild of the Philippines. In 2009, he was the only Asian to be invited as a member of the jury at the sixth International Student Theater Festival in Belarus.

For his decades-long work in the arts, Lizaso was named one of the Ten Outstanding Movers of the Philippines for arts and culture this year.