“Imagine you have only 8 months to live, your mission is Cordillera autonomy, you need a legacy to pass to the future generation. What are you going to? Who are you going to work with?”

These were the questions that the workshop facilitator Engr. Ines Basaen asked the representatives of the different provinces and agencies in a Workshop on Enhanced Provincial IEC for Cordillera Autonomy at Ating Tahanan, Baguio City on June 19.

The workshop, which was coordinated by NEDA-CAR, aimed to provide a localized analysis of the socio-political aspect of the advocacy for regional autonomy.

Now that House Bill 4649, An Act Establishing the Cordillera Autonomous Region, has been filed in Congress, Mr. Gerry Dona-al of Kalinga raised the issue of influencing Congress to pass the bill and the President to approve or certify it as urgent.

“We have groups at the national [level], who are good at the national advocacies. We need to organize Cordillerans in Metro Manila, abroad and different areas to influence the Congressmen, the Senators, and even P-Noy,” Engr. Basaen noted.

She shared that the opportunity to influence the President was actually raised during the Workshop on Restrategizing Social Preparation of CAR into an Autonomous Region last May.

“We would like to include the political mapping for the national level,” Engr. Andres Ngao-i of Kalinga suggested.

The participants then proceeded to draft a tactical action plan to attract national attention through the President’s SONA. Among the activities to achieve this includes writing Secretary Sonny Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), and to send delegations to Congress and Malacañang to show support for Cordillera Autonomy.

Interviews with PTV4 have also been arranged to bring Cordillera autonomy to the national scene.


by Christine Mamuyac, SPCAR