BAGUIO CITY—The Regional Development Council (RDC)-CAR, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd)-CAR, has commenced the Information, Education, Communication (IEC) campaign on Cordillera autonomy for teachers, principals and superintendents of the Division of Baguio City on October 4.

Mr. Ramon Dacawi discussed the history of the pursuit of the region towards autonomy.

“When you talk to your peers, we hope that you share what you’ll learn here,” Dacawi said.

Atty. Vanessa Flora also communicated the salient features of House Bill 4649 or an Act establishing the Cordillera Autonomous Region. She added that the RDC is not forcing them to vote for the autonomy, but to ponder on it.

During the orientation, the teachers proposed that there shall be a committee of teachers for the IEC on autonomy just like that of the official speakers’ bureau of the RDC. Mr. Dacawi encouraged them to start the IEC even without the funding so that the quest for autonomy will really be a multi-sectoral movement.

The other five divisions shall also be oriented on autonomy on the Saturdays of October, November and December.

NEDA-CAR serves as the secretariat for the RDC. It also coordinates with DepEd on this project.



By: Christine Mamuyac, SPCAR