The screening process for the National Artist wherein the late veteran comedian Dolphy is nominated is currently ongoing.
According to sources, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that Undersecretary Manolo Quezon had talked to the National commission on the Culture and the Arts (NCAA) since last week regarding the status of the screening process.
According to Valte, aside from Dolphy, NCCA will accept other nominations for the National Artist homage.
It was said that the Office if the Solicitor General has a clearance to continue the screening for the nominated National Artists this year.
Dolphy was earlier nominated for the award on 2009 but not included in the shortlist which is submitted by former president Gloria Arroyo.
“Well, hindi naman po natin din mahuhusgahan kung dapat matagal na o hindi. As we have said, the President personally believes in the contributions of Dolphy to his industry and also to the numerous people that he helped because of his foundation. We spoke with the NCCA. I understand Undersecretary (Manolo) Quezon spoke to them last week and sabi po ng NCCA is that Dolphy has been deemed nominated for the National Artist award. They will be receiving other nominations. The NCCA has gotten clearance from the Office of the Solicitor General to proceed with the screening and the vetting of nominees for National Artist for 2012. So they will be proceeding with their screening and vetting,” Valte said.