LAGAWE, IFUGAO – The provincial government of Ifugao is set to conduct a training of municipal and barangay officials on how to extensively convey the core messages of Cordillera autonomy. The event, which is scheduled on February 7, 2019 in the Community Development Center, Lagawe, Ifugao, was coordinated by NEDA-CAR as part of its advocacy to raise awareness and gain support for the Cordillera autonomy advocacy as a means of fast-tracking development in the region.

The local speakers, Rosemarie Lindawan and Roscoe Kalaw, will share their knowledge and experience with the Ifugao officials. Lindawan and Kalaw have been long-time partners of the Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) and NEDA-CAR as advocates for Cordillera autonomy.

The municipal and barangay officials are a key part in NEDA’s plan to reach as many Cordillerans as possible. After their education on Cordillera autonomy, the officials will be assisted in the preparation of barangay-level IEC project proposals and will be given tips on how to communicate the core messages of Cordillera autonomy.

Cordillera autonomy is viewed as the central theme of Cordillera development. With autonomy, the NEDA and the RDC envision that the Cordillera will have enhanced regional identity, responsive policies, and progress for all sectors.

Earlier this year, NEDA-CAR conducted a similar training in Kalinga where over 40 iKalinga were trained and committed to raise awareness of and support for Cordillera autonomy. Officials from the provinces of Abra, Benguet, and Mountain Province and City of Baguio were also trained in 2018.