The Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC) was created through Ordinance No. 1098 by then Mayor Florentino Solon on March 30, 1981. The Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission together with the Cebu City Museum are housed on the 2nd floor of the Rizal Memorial Library and Museum Building, a landmark itself being 61 years old. The building was built in 1936 through the efforts of Los Tocayos de Rizal. The Cebu City Public Library is housed on the ground floor.
The Commission is composed of a Chairman, Vice- Chairman and 5 members who shall be appointed by the City Mayor. The Chairman shall be appointed from the among the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, their terms are coextensive with the tenure of the appointing power or unless sooner terminated at the pleasure of the appointing power. But the staffs of the Commission are permanent employees and are civil service eligible.
CHAC is a catalyst for Cebuano cultural heritage providing the best opportunity in art, culture and history within the community, instilling pride and sense of identity and unity among cebuanos as well as among the Filipinos.
CHAC shall develop, implement and promote programs and projects that will inculcate the appreciation of cebuano heritage.
The main objectives of the commission are: To pursue the cultural development and historical promotion programs and projects of the national government, to initiate its own program of promoting, encouraging and developing culture, history, tradition and as an instrument of accelerating the development of the City of Cebu to act as the implementing arm of the City Government in the achievement of policies for the development and promotion of culture, history and the arts.
Functions of the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission are:
- To act as the implementing arm of the City government in the achievement of policies and programs for the development and promotion of culture, history and the arts in the City of Cebu;
- To serve as liaison of the city government agencies involved in cultura development and historical promotion;
- To undertake fund-raising rojects and to accept donations from any and all sources for the cultural and historical development of the city; and
- To do any and all acts necessary, convenient or expedient to carry out the purposes for which the Commission is created which are not violative of any law.
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