By Shah Balaw-ing

The Regional Development Council (RDC) CAR through the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) CAR convened training for speakers on regional autonomy and development last October 24-25, 2013 in Baguio City.

The training, attended by 61 participants from DILG local functionaries and their civil society organization (CSO) partners, was part of the RDC Social Preparation for CAR into an autonomous region (SPCAR) funded project entitled Information, Education and Communication (IEC) for newly elected municipal and barangay officials.

Regional autonomy must be pursued as an essential development strategy to fast-track regional development, said National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Senior Economic Development Specialist Virginia Anceno who talked about the Regional Development Thrusts.

It is notable that many programs and projects of line agencies in the Cordillera were based on the planning standards which do not consider the uniqueness of the region thus contributing to a slow-pace development.  

With regional autonomy, the region will be more able to plan and implement programs and projects that are responsive to the particularities of CAR, said Anceno.

In 2006, the RDC adopted regional autonomy as the overarching development goal of the region. This means that as far as the RDC is concerned, development activities in the region should be geared towards the attainment of regional autonomy.