CATLUBONG, BUGUIAS – The National Economic Development Authority-CAR (NEDA-CAR) in partnership with the Barangay Local Government Unit of Catlubong (BLGU-Catlubong) conducted an information, education, communication (IEC) campaign on autonomy during the barangay’s second general assembly last October 25. The activity was well-attended by community members – most of whom are farmers.

CATLUBONG, BUGUIAS – The National Economic Development Authority-CAR (NEDA-CAR) in partnership with the Barangay Local Government Unit of Catlubong (BLGU-Catlubong) conducted an information, education, communication (IEC) campaign on autonomy during the barangay’s second general assembly last October 25. The activity was well-attended by community members – most of whom are farmers.

A similar activity was also conducted at Barangay Guinaoang, Mankayan on October 29. These autonomy IECs were a result of the Barangay Development Congress cum Autonomy IEC held last September by the Provincial Local Government Unit of Benguet (Benguet-PLGU) in coordination with NEDA-CAR where barangay officials from all municipalities in Benguet gathered to learn more about autonomy. Through the Cordillera Regional Development Council’s (RDC-CAR) Social Preparation of CAR into an Autonomous Region (SPCAR) Program, the inclusion of autonomy IECs in the barangay assemblies of interested BLGUs were coordinated. These are in addition to the RDC-CAR’s partnerships with different municipalities in the region for the conduct of barangay IECs.

Positive support for autonomy were noted in both IECs as reflected in the mock plebiscite conducted after the discussion with 80% voting for autonomy and 2% voting against it while the remaining 18% are still undecided. Several participants reiterated the need for more grassroots IECs especially when an autonomy bill is filed.

In the SPCAR Communication plan for 2019-2020, barangay residents and barangay officials continue to be the priority target sector for autonomy IECs. With the filing of HB 5687 creating the Autonomous Region of Cordillera this 18th Congress, more public consultations are also to be expected.