History and Mandate

The UPD Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA) was established in March 1999 by the UP Board of Regents and is under the UP Diliman Office of the Chancellor. It is tasked to formulate policies, guidelines, plans, and programs on artistic and cultural activities for the UP Diliman campus.


Source: Excerpts from the Minutes of the 1128th BOR Meeting, 28 January 1999

1. The need to systematize art and culture programs towards the development of medium- and long-term plans for culture and the arts, in the context of the overall vision and mission of the University.

The UPD-OICA shall aim at making UP Diliman the center for audience and venue development for culture and the arts, and the cultural center for Quezon City. In this regard, it shall establish links with the government of Quezon City to mutually strengthen their respective cultural programs.

2. The need to institutionalize domestic and international art and cultural linkages.

The UPD-OICA shall enable the University to proactively develop and sustain cultural exchanges as well as promote the University’s dynamic cultural development management programs, informed by the principles of cultural diversity and unity, universal cultural rights and cultural integrity.

3. The need to rationalize financial support and fund generation.

The UPD-OICA shall enable the University to generate additional funds (i.e. endowment and grants) and thus increase its cultural funds solely derived from student fees. This will contribute to program and project sustainability as well as to the creation of an environment that will encourage initiatives from UP Diliman with respect to cultural preservation, transformation, and other related concerns.

4. The need for a University-based policy making body on art and cultural development management.

The UPD-OICA shall perform this function in consultation with an advisory group duly constituted by the Chancellor. 

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