Commissioner Jose I. Lorena of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission commits to stand with the Cordillerans in the struggle for regional autonomy

Quezon City – Commissioner Jose I. Lorena of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) committed to work with the Cordillerans for the passage of House Bill 5343 which seeks to establish an Autonomous Region of the Cordillera during the First Congressional Forum held at the Batasan Complex last January 17, 2018.

He stated, “As far as the BTC, we are ready to stand with the Cordillera people for the two legislations [BBL and HB 5343] to be passed”.

Atty. Lorena added that the Commission is ready anytime to join the Cordillerans should there be a necessity for a small group to meet to come up with a Cordillera Roadmap.

He agrees with the CAR delegates that HB 5343 should be heard, by the Congress jointly with BBL. He also added, “The voices of the Cordillera and the Bangsamoro must be heard in this struggle to have a meaningful autonomy for both”.

The First Congressional Forum on Autonomy was organized by the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) and the Cordillera National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-CAR) together with the Institute for Autonomy and Governance and the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (by Mavie S. Pinkihan, NEDA- SPCAR)