(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

members thereof.

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