We must patiently listen from our speakers about autonomy;I believe that if autonomy is not for us today, it is for our community and our future children.
– Hingyon Mayor Geraldo D. Luglug, Training of Speakers and Planning-Workshop on Regional Autonomy, January 19-20, 2016, Hingyon, Ifugao.
A total of 60 participants composed of municipal and barangay officials, teachers and members of the civil society were trained as municipal autonomy speakers on January 19-20, 2016 in this town’s Sangguniang Bayan Hall.
Different facets of regional autonomy were discussed by Dr. Peter Dumaguing, member of the Regional autonomy Speakers Bureau and Atty. Evelyn Dunuan, Chair of the Ifugao Provincial Autonomy Task Force. Dr. Jeng-jengBolintao of IFSU presented the basics of public speaking in light of capacitating the participants to become effective speakers in the barangays.
Hingyon Mayor Luglug shared that he voted yes in the first autonomy plebiscite in 1990 where only the province of Ifugao voted favorably. While there was a second plebiscite, only Apayao voted yes. The lack of information and awareness on autonomy was the reason for the negative votes in the past plebiscites, he added. Hence, he encouraged the participants to patiently listen and learn about autonomy.
The activity also included a planning-workshop on the second day which resulted to the proposed 2016 Hingyon Autonomy IEC Plan. This was turned over for support to the Regional Development Council through NEDA-CAR Director Milagros Rimando.
The plan outlines the conduct of autonomy information drive starting July this year in the 12 barangays of Hingyon. This move from the local government responds to the clamor for intensive grassroots IEC which is repetitively demanded from the RDC by various stakeholders.
Preparations for the activity started as early as November 2015 with the initiative of Mayor Luglug through Dr. Dumaguing. Representatives from the Philippine Information Agency and the Department of the Interior and Local Government in the province attended the event as RDC’s staunch partners in the regional autonomy IEC and advocacy.