(h) The buildings of the Baguio Convention Center and their premises in the City of Baguio are hereby made available for the use of the Commission. All civilian government entities, agencies and instrumentalities in the proposed area of autonomy shall place at the disposal of the Commission without cost, refund or additional pay such of their personnel, premises and furniture as can, in their judgment, be spread without detriment to public service.
Sec. 8. Filing of Vacancies. — Whenever a vacancy occurs in the Commission, the President may, upon due certification by the Chairman of the Commission, fill the vacancy by appointment with the consent of the Commission of Appointments, after consultation with the group or sector represented by the member whose seat has become vacant.
Sec. 9. Parliamentary Immunities. — (a) A member of the Commission shall, in
all offenses punishable by not more than six (6) years imprisonment, be
privileged from arrest while the Commission is in session.
(b) A member of the Commission shall not be questioned nor held liable in any
other place for any speech or debate in the Commission, in any committee
thereof, or in any public hearing conducted by the Commission or any committee
thereof whenever held.
(c) The penalties imposed in Article 143, 144 and 145 of the Revised Penal Code,
as amended, for offenses defined therein shall apply to any person committing an
offense against the Commission or its committees or subcommittees, or the
Sec. 10. Responsibilities and Functions of the Commission. — Pursuant to the
mandate of the Constitution, Congress shall enact an organic act for the
autonomous region in the Cordilleras with the assistance of the Regional
Consultative Commission, and for this purpose:
(a) The Commission shall conduct public consultations and hearings at the
district level and on regional basis, where the view and recommendations of
various sectors, both governmental and non-governmental, shall be taken and
(b) The Commission may organize any number of committees it may deem necessary
for the purpose.
(c) The record of the deliberations during the public hearings, including
draft resolutions submitted, shall be open to public inspection under such
guidelines as the Commission may deem reasonable and necessary.
(d) Within one hundred fifty (150) day from its convening, the Commission
shall submit to Congress, for its information and consideration, periodic
reports aside from its final report relative to the proposed organic act. The
final draft of the report of the Commission shall be approved by a majority of
all the members of the Commission.
Sec. 11. Congressional Liaison. — In order to ensure coordination between
Congress and the Commission, there is hereby created a special ad hoc committee
composed of three (3) members each from the Senate and the House of
Representatives to be designated by the President of the Senate and the Speaker
of the House of Representatives, respectively. The ad hoc committee shall be
co-chaired by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government and the
Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government. It shall be the purpose and
function of the committee to oversee the work of the Commission.
Sec. 12. Drafting and Enactment of the Organic Act. — Congress shall draft and
enact an organic act taking into account the report and recommendations
submitted by the Commission. Nothing provided in this Act, however, shall be
interpreted to restrict or impair the power of Congress to accept, modify or
reject any part or all the report and recommendations of the Commission.
Sec. 13. Tenure. — The Commission shall cease to exist sixty (60) days after
the submission of its final report as provided in Section 10 hereof.
Sec. 14. Staffing. — Commission shall be responsible for maintaining its own
secretariat as well as such other staff as it may deem necessary. Except those
detailed from other government offices, the tenure of office of the regular