BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) conducted a one-day orientation and capability building activity for its new members a day before the 2019 4th quarter Joint RDC en banc with the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and the Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Insurgency (RTF-ELCAC) meeting on November 29.

NEDA-CAR Regional Director and Ex Officio RDC-CAR Vice Chair Milagros Rimando presented the organizational structure of the RDC, its various sectoral and support committees, and its primary policies and programs such as the Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 and the renewed pursuit of Cordillera autonomy. Later, Mr. Allan Tayangan of the Department of Foreign Affairs led the capability building with a role-playing activity of Protocol for non-diplomats.

Governor Bernos on the other hand, acknowledged that while she is younger than most of her colleagues in the RDC, she saw this as an advantage in leading the Cordillera Region in development. In her welcome address, she envisioned an RDC that has more visibility in the affairs of Local Government Units in the region. Governors Bernos suggested that the RDC provide assistance in the areas of development planning, programming and project development, among others. She stressed that the local governments and the RDC must work closely together to achieve regional autonomy.

Participating in this RDC activity were heads of staff of regional line agencies, local government officials, and private sector representatives.

The RDC-CAR is the highest policy-making body in the region which, in 2001, took over the lead of directing regional development initiatives in the Cordillera after the deactivation of the Cordillera Executive Board in 2000. Since 2006, the RDC has adopted regional autonomy as the central theme of Cordillera development. The Council recognized it as the best way to fast-track sustainable development in the region.