by Dexter See, Manila Bulletin


BONTOC, Mountain Province, Philippines – A senior Palace official said here recently that the third attempt of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to attain autonomous status is not a lost.

Cesar Tulyao, head of the Northern Luzon Cluster of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS), said during the second quarter meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC) here that support from various sectors has been snowballing for self-governance which is a vital factor in spurring economic development in the region.

Tulyao pointed out that it is not fair to compare Cordillera to the current state of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) because of the two contrasting cultures of the said regions.

He said self-rule will be an avenue to chart the own direction of the Cordillera without significant interventions from the national government because Cordillerans will be allowed to practice what they believe is appropriate to develop the region into a well oiled machinery capable of uplifting the living condition of the people and moving them out from the shackles of poverty. (April 29, 2011)