Cordillera monograph

Baguio City – The Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC) through the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) launched the first of a series of monograph entitled A Victory Postponed: Stories on the Quest for Self-Determination in the Cordillera last April 30, 2017.

The project initiated in June 2015 is a continuing effort to preserve local stories of the region’s history and struggle for self-determination through a book publication. These monographs will be used not only as advocacy materials, but also as official historical account of Cordillera’s history especially intended to inform the young generation.

Ten storytellers who were witnesses and contributors to the Cordillera autonomy movement shared their experiences in the book.

“I feel lucky to have been able to listen but I think you’re also quite lucky there was this project that enabled you to tell your stories and actually put them on the record for people to read and know about many years after we’re gone,” said guest of honor Howie Severino of GMA 7, who served as adviser to the project.

Atty. Victor Corpus Javier Atitiw, son of the late Atty. Nestor Atitiw whose story is included in the book, said that, “It’s up to us people who inherited the blood of the Cordillerans, to remind ourselves that we have a responsibility because it runs in our veins. That responsibility runs in our veins to continue on with the struggle and make it a reality.”

The book launch marked a milestone for the project, and served as an opportunity for other storytellers to express that more stories be shared and written. NEDA Dir. Milagros Rimando shared that the second monograph would highlight the stories of women and accounts of villages relative to the region’s struggle for self-determination.

The books will be distributed to selected public elementary and high schools, state universities and colleges and other higher education institutions, LGUs, regional line agencies, civil society organizations, and local libraries, among others.