The Cordillera Regional Development Council, during its meeting on 09 September 2016, selected its nominees for chair and co-chair for the period 2016-2019. It is from this list that President Rodrigo Duterte shall select and appoint the region’s RDC Chair and Co-Chair.
From the government sector, nominated were the region’s six governors, namely: Governor Maria Jocelyn Bernos of Abra, Gov. Elias C. Bulut of Apayao, Gov. Cresencio Pacalso of Benguet, Gov. Pedro Mayam-o of Ifugao, Gov. Jocel Baac of Kalinga, and Gov. Bonifacio Lacwasan, Jr. of Mountain Province. Also nominated were Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Mayor Ferdinand Tubban of Tabuk City, Kalinga.
Nominated from the private sector were PSR for the Economic Sector Mr. Rafael Gayaso of the Northern Luzon Federation of Cooperatives and Development Center (NORLUCEDEC), Geographic PSR for Benguet Mr. Gerry Lab-oyan of the Community-Based Business Cooperation Foundation, Inc. (CBBCFI), and PSR for the IP Sector Ms. Rosella Bahni of the Igorota Foundation, Inc.
The selection of the nominees followed after the confirmation of the election of seven sectoral PSRs and seven geographic PSRs held during the PSR election on August 12, 2016. They were carefully chosen from 35 nominees who qualified from a total of 43 PSOs that submitted nominations.
The confirmed PSRs are as follows:
1. Sectoral Representatives
- Emerita Fuerte, CAR Cooperative Union (Social Sector)
- Rafael C. Gayaso, Northern Luzon Federation of Cooperatives and Development Center (Economic Sector)
- Paz A. Bumogas, Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (Infrastructure)
- Ferdinand P. Gonzales, Peoples Organization for Social Transformation Development Network (Development Administration)
- Julie C. Cabato, Shontoug Foundation (Environment)
- Rosella Camte-Bahni, Igorota Foundation, Inc. (Indigenous Peoples)
- Esteban S. Pomeg-as, Cordillera Association of Labor Management Cooperation and Advocates of Voluntary Arbitration, Inc. (Labor)
2. Geographic Representatives:
- Marino Trinidad, Abra Federation of Senior Citizens Association (Abra)
- Cristina B. Moyaen, Save Apayao Peoples Organization (Apayao)
- Antonio R. Caluza, Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc. – Baguio Chapter (Baguio)
- Gerry T. Lab-oyan, Community-Based Business Cooperation Foundation, Inc. (Benguet)
- Agustina M. Ipan, Hungduan Binbinnayog Indigenous Peoples Organization (Ifugao)
- Andres B. Ngao-i, Kalinga Bodong Council (Kalinga)
- Paulino D. Tumapang, Jr., Lang-ay Festival Organization (Mountain Province)
Pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 325, the RDC reorganizes every three years following the election of a new set of local officials. It provides that if the RDC chair comes from the government sector, the co-chair must come from the private sector and vice versa. The EO also states that PSRs shall comprise one-fourth of the fully-constituted Council. EO 30, which established the RDC-CAR following the deactivation of the CAR bodies, stipulated that EO 325 shall govern the nomination of the RDC chair and co-chair positions and the selection of a new set of PSRs.