For our children – As he speaks to students of Benguet State University last November 7, Advocate Vladimir Cayabas emphasizes that autonomy is the legacy that will be left for the next generations of Cordillerans.

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET – Benguet State University, NEDA and DSWD have partnered to raise autonomy awareness among BSU students during the activity entitled: “The Case of Autonomy Towards Regional Identity Building and its Implications on Self-Identity and Socio-Political Participation” on November 7. Autonomy advocates Alma Toyoken and Vladimir Cayabas discussed the basic concepts of autonomy and the Cordillera’s struggle for self-determination.

Cayabas encouraged the young adults to learn more about the pursuit of Cordillera autonomy as it affects not just Benguet but the whole region. He said that the Cordillera autonomy is a legacy of the region that will be passed to them and the generations to come. Cayabas cited the 1987 Constitution as the fundamental basis of the clamor for autonomy. Cordillerans have a shared history and rich culture that calls for a self-determined governance.

The youth sector is one of the primary targets for information and education campaign of the RDC, in its advocacy of raising awareness and gaining support for Cordillera autonomy. The RDC adopted Cordillera autonomy as the overarching theme for regional development in 2006. The RDC and NEDA together with regional and national partners have since raised awareness, gathered support, and capacitated the region for Cordillera autonomy.