“My fellow Cordillerans, may we seek your support towards a higher and socially rewarding growth path for the region”.

This was the appeal of the RDC Chairman and Kalinga Governor Jocel Baac in the State of the Nation Address delivered for him by RDC Co-Chairman Dr. Gil Bautista during the closing program of the Cordillera Month on July 29, 2011 at the SM Baguio Atrium.  The Chairman was indisposed at that time and thus requested the Co-Chair to deliver it for him.

In his SORA, the RDC Chairman said that the since its creation 25 years ago, the region had an economy characterized by an “erratic and unsustained growth pattern”.  There is limited participation and share from growth of the rural sector, and local resources are barely utilized for growth”,  he lamented.  As a result, he said that  the region’s poverty situation has always been “worse than that of the national level and even among the North Luzon regions”. Click here to download the full version of the 2011 State of the Region Address.

Guided by the objective of ending the region’s underdevelopment, he encouraged everyone to “uplift our fellow Cordillerans at every opportunity through a higher growth path”.  He asked everyone to take an active role in the region’s pursuit of accelerated economic growth through the twin regional priority strategies of (1) advancing CAR as the watershed cradle, and (2) pursuit of regional autonomy.

The Closing Program was graced by RDC officials led by the Co-Chair, key CAR LGU officials such as Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Ifugao Vice-Governor Pedro Mayam-o, and Tadian Mayor   Anthony Wooden, among others.  Representatives from the RLAs led by their regional directors and heads, together with the RDC Private Sector Representatives,  were also present.

Aside from the delivery of the SORA, the Closing Program also featured the turn-over of the Cordillera Association of Regional Executive’s assistance to the Tadian victims of Typhoon Pepeng.  Tadian Mayor Anthony Wooden accepted the assistance which was in the form of cash, goods and projects from various RLAs.

The participants of the program were also entertained with exciting dances and songs by the energetic students of the University of Baguio, University of the Cordilleras, the National Institute of Information Technology, and the Baguio City National High School.

The Cordillera Month Celebration is an annual activity spearheaded by the Cordillera Regional Development Council.  This year’s celebration is planned and coordinated by the RDC Committee on Indigenous Concerns headed by NCIP-CAR Director Amador P. Batay-an.