Officers and municipal coordinators of CBA Benguet Chapter listen to Atty. Amador P. Batay-an (see inset photo) as he discusses the key provisions of the House Bill 5343.

BAGUIO CITY- Around 75 officers and municipal coordinators of the Cordillera Bodong Association (CBA) Benguet Chapter participated in a one and a half-day Autonomy IEC Training Workshop organized by the CAR Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-CAR) last December 1-2, 2017.

The RDC-CAR recognizes the CBA’s broad reach and the vital role it plays in advancing the autonomy advocacy to stakeholders in the barangays. The event served as a venue to train the participants as potential IEC speakers in their communities. It was also an opportunity to inform them on the Social Preparation of CAR into and Autonomous Region Program (SPCAR) program, its objectives and thrusts.

Members of the IEC Speakers Bureau, namely Mr. Vladimir Cayabas, Engr. Andres Ngao-i, Ms. Mayna Caymo and Atty. Amador P. Batay-an discussed the basic concepts, history, three core messages, salient features, revenue and fiscal viability of the Autonomous Region of the Cordillera (ARC) and the key provisions of the House Bill 5343.

CBA President and IEC Speaker Engr. Andres B. Ngao-i urged and challenged the participants to share what they have learned during the training. “Nu malpas kuma daytoy, we will now become speakers also. Ta datayo ti mapan rumwar nga mangawis iti kakadwa tayu. Karkaru dagitoy haan da pay maaw-awatan ta adda paylang ti haan nga makaawat. Ta daytoy ket trabaho tayu daytoy, natnatayan ti kakabsat tayu”, he said. (After this activity, we will now become speakers also. We should inform the people especially those who are still unaware because this is our mandate. It is for this reason that some of our comrades died.)

As the final output, the participants signed a Statement of Support for the establishment of an Autonomous Region of the Cordillera towards federalism and earnestly requesting President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to certify as priority and urgent the passage of House Bill 5343 “An Act Establishing the Autonomous Region of the Cordillera.”


by Zenia P. Cadiogan, NEDA- SPCAR