BAGUIO CITY—As the region prepares itself for regional autonomy, the Executive Committee of the Regional Development Council (RDC) approved the guidelines for Forwarding Local Autonomy Medal of Excellence (FLAME) Awards in its meeting on June 18.

Director John Castañeda of DILG-CAR, proponent of the project, explained that the RDC FLAME Awards aim to recognize local government units (LGUs) that excel in advancing local autonomy. In this way, the CAR-LGUs and the RDC can dynamically work together to prepare the foundation of the regional autonomy and beyond it. It is seen as an initial step to steer better appreciation and active involvement of CAR LGUs in the RDC efforts autonomy.

In the FLAME Awards, the LGUs will be classified into three categories: 1) Province/ Highly Urbanized City; 2) 1st to 3rd Class Municipality/Component City; and 3) 4th to 5th Class Municipality.

The LGUs will be evaluated by the Regional Awards Committee (RAC) based on the major assessment or various regional line agencies, their commitment of resources to RDC-led initiatives towards regional autonomy, and their attendance to RDC-led activities. The assessment shall cover the Calendar year 2014.

“Ang pinakamabigat na titignan natin ay ang criteria number two, yung investment [nila] on regional autonomy,” Director Castañeda noted.

The first RDC FLAME Awards shall be given during the Cordillera Month next year in Apayao. The winner for each category will be given a medal of excellence and a project support incentive which shall be used to advance regional autonomy.

The NEDA shall assist the DILG and RDC on sourcing funds for a sustainable recognition program.



by Christine Mamuyac, SPCAR