The Regional Development Council (RDC) CAR conducted a Review and Validation Workshop on the stories of some key persons with significant contributions to the autonomy movement, then and now. This was held on February 6, 2016 at Hotel Elizabeth, Baguio City, as part of the RDC’s advocacy for Cordillera Autonomy.

The workshop, the third part of a series of events conducted started in 2015, aimed to validate and enhance the content of the stories which will be produced in a monograph as an advocacy material.

Central to these stories was the role of the late Tingguian priest-turned-rebel Fr. Conrado Balweg who was known to have played a very significant role in stopping the logging concession of then Marcos-backed Cellophil Resources Corporation in the ‘70s in Abra.

Eleven stories were presented and validated. Horacio “Howie”Severino of GMA’s i-Witness provided inputs to enhance the stories. “There is a need to vet the information to establish credible and consistent data,” he said.

Another workshop is scheduled in April for final review and presentation with IEC partners. The launching of the monograph is set in July during the Cordillera Month celebration.



Maridel P. Langbis, SPCAR