Discipline: Culture, Cultural and Ethnic Studies
The article investigated the management of the cultural offices of selected Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) in Caraga, Mindanao. The study had as respondents cultural affairs coordinators, cultural group advisers, and cultural group members. The frequency, weighted mean, and t-test were used for the statistical analysis of the data. Ocular visit, observation interview, and focus group discussions (FGD) were conducted for data verification. There is a prevalent inefficiency in the management of the cultural offices of the HEIs in Caraga primarily due to the lack of adequate understanding of the philosophy, purpose, and standards. Further, the need of experts in various cultural fields, costumes, facilities, and budget reflects the ineffectiveness of the implementation of the programs of the cultural offices. However, despite the very limited support coming from their respective institutions, the cultural offices are resourceful enough to meet whatever is needed for their productions. In terms of management, the cultural offices are far below the standard practices of other universities in the country. To sustain and improve the existing culture programs and activities, full administrative support is needed for quality performances.