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Kalinga college, coop hold forum on Regional Autonomy

By Michael Umaming

About 200 Graduate School students and teachers of the Kalinga State College (KSC) attended the “Forum on theCordillera Regional Autonomy: The Continuing Quest for Self-Governance and Regional Identity.”

Organized by the college’s Capability-Building Extension Project of the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) in partnership with the Regional Development Council (RDC), the provincial Department of Interior and Local Government, and the province of Kalinga, the forum was held at the KSC’s amphitheater last October 5, 2013. 


CAR lawmakers stress grassroots consultations before regional autonomy summit

By Shah Balaw-ing


CAR lawmakers stress grassroots consultations before regional autonomy summitCAR lawmakers said that a more extensive information, education and communication (IEC) campaign on regional autonomy must be done prior to the conduct of a summit on the matter.

In a Leaders’ Forum last September 25, 2013 in Quezon City which was attended by all Cordillera lawmakers and 18 regional directors, Regional Development Council Vice Chairperson and National Economic and Development Authority Regional Director Milagros Rimando presented the RDC proposal to hold a regional summit on Cordillera autonomy.


RDC CAR to conduct a Regional Summit on Autonomy

By Shah Balaw-ing

The Regional Development Council of the Cordillera Administrative Region (RDC-CAR) during its meeting last September 12, 2013 approved the conduct of a Regional Summit on Autonomy.

RDC Acting Secretary and NEDA OIC-Assistant Director Florida Faculo said it is essential to convene a summit to determine the true sentiments of the Cordillerans on regional autonomy.


Cordillera Solons expressed views on regional autonomy

By Sally Baybay

Cordillera Congressmen met with Regional Directors on regional autonomy last August 12, 2013 at the PLLO, North Wing Batasan, Quezon City. Present were: Cong. Ronald M. Cosalan (Benguet), Cong. Nicasio Aliping (Baguio City), Cong. Maximo B. Dalog (Mt. Province),Cong. Manuel S. Agyao (Kalinga),Cong. Maria Jocelyn V. Bernos (Abra), and Cong. Eleanor C. Bulut-Begtang (Apayao). Also in attendance were CAR Regional Directors: Julius Caesar V. Sicat of DOST, Milagros A. Rimando of NEDA, Sancho S. Buquing of NCIP, and Clarence L. Baguilat of DENR. The short meeting focused on the petition requesting the congressmen to refile House Bill 5595 seeking for the creation of an autonomous region in the Cordillera.


Push for regional autonomy for Cordillera development underscored

By Lito Dar/PIA

Continuing cooperation and unity  among Cordillera provinces and cities is the key in  in pushing for regional autonomy and development.  This was emphasized  by  Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan  during the closing program of   the  26th Cordillera Month celebration at the Saint Louis University (SLU) Prince Bernard Gymnasium, Friday.

Giving emphasis on the 26th CAR month theme, “Bridging One Green Cordillera”, Domogan outlined the importance of continuing unity and cooperation among Cordillerans in pushing for regional autonomy,  which  is believed to  strengthen the region’s hold as  the watershed cradle  of  Northern Luzon, as well as in bringing further progress even in the mountainous communities in the region.   “Let us show that we are united as Cordillera people in clamoring for regional autonomy”, Domogan said.
Under  an  autonomous  set up, Domogan pointed out that the region can hasten economic development and the protection, preservation and proper utilization of Cordillera’s rich natural resources, which he said  as  hard to attain under the present  set-up.
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RDC holds training for Regional Autonomy speakers

By Shah Balaw-ing

About 133 participants from LGUs, RLAs, and NGOs divided into two batches attended the Training for Regional Autonomy Speakers held in Baguio City at the Pines View Hotel last July 23-24, 2013 and at the Crown Legacy last July 25-26, 2013.

With the training, it is expected that more resource persons on Regional Autonomy shall be deployed for Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities. With 63 percent of the 2013 P15 million budget for Special Preparation for a Cordillera Autonomous Region (SPCAR) allotted to IEC, demands for regional autonomy speakers will increase.