TABUK, KALINGA—The Regional Development Council (RDC), through the Social Preparation of CAR into an Autonomous Region (SPCAR), conducted an information campaign on autonomy for the representatives of some municipalities of Kalinga at the Kalinga-Apayao State College Audio-Visual Centeron September 27, 2014.
More than 150 youth, women, elders ad from the municipalities of Balbalan, Lubuagan, Pasil, Tanudan, Tinglayan and the city of Tabuk attended.
The said event is part of the RDC’s Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign and is in partnership with the Autonomy Movement in the Administrative Cordillera (AMIN TACO).Last May, AMIN TACO submitted a proposal on the conduct of IEC for municipalities of Kalinga and Mountain Province. The RDC decided to put the said IEC under SPCAR, where official members of the Speakers’ Bureau will communicate the renewed pursuit of the region towards autonomy.
Michael Umaming of NEDA-CAR, the project head of SPCAR, shared the history of the pursuit of the Cordillera autonomy and the RDC’s renewed pursuit.
“Importante ket irugi tayo ken padasen tayo,” he said.
The participants raised that the advantages of the regional autonomy should be emphasized in information campaigns to ensure that Cordillerans will vote favorably in the plebiscite. They also inquired of how the funds for IEC may be accessed and some salient features of House Bill 4649, An Act Establishing the Cordillera Autonomous Region.
The issue on having different groups campaign for autonomy was also brought up during the open forum.
“Adu man boses, ngem maymaysa ti panagturungan tayo. Iti advocacy ti RDC, autonomy.Idiay tayo agkakadwa.”BeneBallug, convenor of AMIN TACO, said.
AMIN TACO is a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)-registered organization that counts former CPLA among its members, aside from the former members of the Cordillera Bodong Association (CBAd) and some religious leaders. They have been conducting their own IEC campaign on regional autonomy in Tanudan in Kalinga, Santa Marcela in Apayao, and Bakun in Benguet. On the last week of August, they have taken an IEC workshop on Cordillera Autonomy, which was coordinated by the RDC’s Secretariat, NEDA-CAR.
By: Christine Mamuyac, SPCAR