Ferdinand Gonzales, RDC Private Sector Representative, highlights the contributions of CSOs in the autonomy advocacy efforts in 2017 during the IEC and AB Partners’ Assembly and Capability Building.

San Fernando, La Union – The contributions of the various sectors to the region’s advocacy for autonomy were underscored during the Regional Development Council – CAR Partners’ Assembly and Capability Building on December 28-29, 2017. The members of the Autonomy IEC Speakers’ Bureau and representatives from the local government units (LGUs), regional line agencies (RLAs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) shared their 2017 accomplishments in the conduct of IEC activities in their respective areas.

The activity was coordinated and organized by the National Economic and Development Authority – CAR which serves as the secretariat for RDC.

The assembly aimed to assess and review the IEC and Alliance Building activities of the Social Preparation of CAR into an Autonomous Region (SPCAR) program, identify strategies to enhance the IEC and Alliance Building thrusts, and learn further on the topic of federalism as part of the continuing capacity building activity of the program.

From the sharing of the groups of RLAs, LGUs and CSOs, it was noted that different methods were implemented to cascade the advocacy on regional autonomy. These include training and retooling workshops, seminars, and fora, among others. An estimate of 6,000 stakeholders were reached by these partners’ initiatives which contributed to the total documented 21,000 stakeholders who were informed on Autonomy in 2017.

The higher number of people are reached, the higher level of support to autonomy is attained, as manifested in the latest results of the 2017 pulse survey.

More than ever, the challenge to inform and engage more stakeholders this year remains!


By Gigi G. Estanoco, NEDA- SPCAR