About 200 Graduate School students and teachers of the Kalinga-Apayao State College (KASC) attended the “Forum on the Cordillera Regional Autonomy: The Continuing Quest for Self-Governance and Regional Identity.”

Organized by the college’s Capability-Building Extension Project of the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) in partnership with the Regional Development Council (RDC), the provincial Department of Interior and Local Government, and the province of Kalinga, the forum was held at the KASC’s amphitheater last October 5, 2013.

Dr. Maximo Garming who heads the capability-building extension project and who expanded on the history of Regional Autonomy during the forum said the turn-out was inspiring as they were expecting less than a hundred participants.

We hope we can hold more fora like this, he said.

Participants were also one in saying that the academe is critical in correctly informing people about the advantages and disadvantages of Regional Autonomy.

Also in the same date, 193 members of various cooperatives converged at the Tabuk Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TAMPCO) Training Center in Bulanao, Tabuk after a caravan from the city center in Dagupan. The cooperatives also discussed regional autonomy in the assembly which was part of a month-long list of activities in celebration of October as Cooperative Month.

Rev. Esteban Sabawil of the Federation of Cooperatives and the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Luzon said Regional Autonomy and cooperativism find a common denominator in the concept of self-reliance.

This should make regional autonomy easily acceptable to members of a cooperative, he said.