LAGAWE, IFUGAO—The Regional Development Council and the Department of Education carry on with the information campaign on autonomy for teachers here last October 25.

Mr. Ramon Dacawi, who is a native of Ifugao, shared the history of the region’s pursuit of autonomy.

“The most neglected but the most important purpose of Executive Order (EO) 220 is the third one—‘to prepare the establishment of an autonomous region in the Cordilleras,’” he said.

According to Section 3 of EO 220, CAR shall also administer the affairs of government in the region and accelerate the economic and social growth and development of the units of the region.

EO 220 created the Cordillera Administrative Region as a temporary region and the latter shall exist until an autonomous region have been established and organized under an organic act.

“Autonomy within autonomy is genuine autonomy. What is Benguet’s is Benguet’s. Haan nga maputed ti itited ti national government, manayunan laeng. An autonomous Cordillera would give authority to the national government to allocate more funds to the region,Dacawi said.

Atty. Evelyn Dunuan, Ifugao’s Provincial Administrator, discussed the salient features of House Bill 4649. She also explained that the Bill will still undergo through the legal process in the Congress and be ratified before the people can vote in a plebiscite.

Michael Umaming of NEDA-CAR also discussed the three core messages of the region’s current quest for autonomy. These include enhanced Cordillera autonomy, responsive policies for the region and progress for all.

The said information campaign for teachers is part of the Information, Education, Communication(IEC) campaign on Cordillera Autonomy.

The Division of Mountain Province will have their seminar/orientation on regional autonomy on November 8.



By: Christine Mamuyac, SPCAR