BAGUIO CITY – The Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) research team for the mapping and marking of Cordillera historical sites led by Dr. Annie Grail Ekid met with RDC-CAR Vice Chair and NEDA-CAR Regional Director Milagros Rimando on April 17 to discuss remaining concerns of the project and further validation of the sites. The Regional Development Council (RDC) conducted regional consultation on the mapping and marking of Cordillera historical sites on March 19 in Baguio City. It was the culmination of 6 provincial consultations around the Cordillera.

The team will conduct further on-site visits to identify exact locations for the placement of markers. The concerned LGUs and communities will also be consulted on the placement of the markers and further validation of the stories relevant to the sites. On-site visits will also include the geo-tagging of marker locations for the creation of a map that can be used as tourist or historical aid. The visits will, likewise, help verify the inscriptions to be placed in each historical marker.

Aside from their historical and cultural value, the identified sites can be developed and promoted as tourism sites for the Local Government Units (LGUs) and the Cordillera region as a whole in coordination with the Department of Tourism-Cordillera, once approved.

The final list of sites and marker design will be presented to the Executive Committee of the RDC for endorsement to the council. An RDC endorsement through a resolution will be used to gather the support of other stakeholders like the relevant LGUs, the National Commission of Culture and the Arts, and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, among others.

The project is scheduled to be finished by December 2019 with the unveiling of the historical markers at each site. The project aims to enhance the unity of the Cordillera by designing a narrative and physical symbol of the region’s shared struggle for self-determination and autonomy.