BAGUIO CITY – During the Advisory Committee meeting held June 6, 2015 at NEDA-CAR, the Regional Development Council (RDC) – CAR expressed its readiness to collaborate with the CAR congressmen in the conduct of House Bill 4649 public hearings, in accord with the ruling made by the Congressional Committee on Local Government on June 3, 2015.

“The RDC will be one with our congressmen in pushing for and supporting the house bill” said Dir. Milagros Rimando of NEDA-CAR as Cong. Maximo Dalog of Mountain Province relayed the proceedings of the hearing.

Congressman Dalog said that the public hearings are expected to be conducted in the six CAR provinces and Baguio City within the next few months.He pointed out that the public hearings will be an opportunity to improve the House Bill, primarily through the inputs from the stakeholders. These inputs as well as the lessons from the discussions on the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro may eventually lead to the development of an improved bill.

“Along the way, we can always file a substitute bill but we will work already on the bill that we have filed, because if we will withdraw this bill, then another drafting will be undertaken.”He also said that it would be beneficial if BBL progresses as its success will strengthen the stand for the Cordillera autonomy.

Congressman Dalog emphasized that compared to the BBL, the degree of autonomy inherent in the Cordillera autonomy bill would only be 30 percent, while the provisions of the BBL demands an 80 percent autonomy from the national government.

The Ad hoc Committee for public hearings headed by Cong. Nicasio Alipingin in coordination with the RDC, has already scheduled the conduct of the public hearings on HB 4649 in July 2015.



by Mark Allen Ponciano, SPCAR