The Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) through the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) conducted the Regional Consultation on RDC Projects on Cordillera History and Struggle for Self-Determination at the Rock Inn and Café at Sagada, Mt. Province on April 6, 2017.

The consultation was organized to update RDC partners and stakeholders on the projects related to the region’s history on self-determination and autonomy implemented under the Social Preparation of the Cordillera Administrative Region into an Autonomous Region (SPCAR) program, and to get inputs on how else these current and future projects may be enhanced.

The project includes the Documentation of Struggles on Cordillera’s pursuit for Regional Autonomy through a monograph series. The first monograph includes 10 stories of individuals who contributed to the autonomy movement. The second monograph will focus on women and village stories.

The ongoing project entitled Mapping and Marking of Cordillera Historical Sites in partnership with the Mt. Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) intends to develop a map containing events and sites significant to the history of Cordillera autonomy, and mark priority sites to deepen the understanding of the region’s struggle, especially among the youth. The state college was tasked to conduct further research on potential historical sites to be mapped and marked and to finalize the marking criteria and indicators for the short listing of historical sites during provincial consultations and validations.

Cordillera Stories through Theater Arts, the third project being implemented with the CAR Association of State Universities and Colleges (CARASUC) and Ifugao State University (IFSU), aims to inculcate autonomy awareness through popular methods with the younger generation. The Song of Mateo, one of the four scripts, was already produced last February 10 in partnership with the Baguio City High School (BCHS). It was recommended the remaining scripts be made available to all schools and partners for possible production in a street play format.

A number of representatives attended from civil society organizations, regional line agencies, state universities and colleges, as well as local historians, and IEC speakers, among others. Laurence Bayongan of PLGU Kalinga said in one of the plenaries, “We want all other people to tell their stories. Pagbubukolen tayo. Isu ti istorya ti Cordillera. [Let’s gather them together. That will be the story of the Cordillera.]”


by Carice Inna See, SPCAR