BAGUIO CITY—The youth will dictate the success of our regional autonomy movement so we should not ignore them.

The words came from Governor Eustaquio Bersamin, the newly appointed chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC) during the Council’s Executive Committee meeting here last August 13, 2014.

The latest population census in 2010 showed an expansive pyramid which means that the Cordillera population is comprised mostly of young people. The age group 10-24 already comprises 32 percent of the 1.6 million CAR population.

The RDC actually targeted the youth sector in its Information Education and Communication (IEC) campaign.  It is looking forward to outsource the project Youth Assemblies on Regional Autonomy to a private group. The project’s output will be a plan on how to reach the young people in the autonomy campaign.

Documents of the project reveal that the RDC recognized the characteristics of the youth sector, aside from its population, which if tapped could indeed make them dictate the direction of the autonomy campaign.

The young people are the most concentrated sector, stated the background on the youth’s project design.  They are found mostly in schools and their age group is characterized with idealism and eagerness to try new things, the paper continued.

Bersamin’s view of the importance of reaching out to the youth is shared by many Cordillera leaders.  Congressman Teodoro Baguilat of Ifugao earlier said that he has bias for the youth and that an IEC with the sector should emphasize on the history of regional autonomy and the need to value once roots.

Bersamin also stressed the role of teachers in reaching out for the young people.  We should help our teachers to become good advocates of regional autonomy so that they can explain the concept well to their students, he said.



by Christine Mamuyac, SPCAR