CAR RDC Co-Chairman Dr. Gil Bautista and Vice-Chairman and NEDA Regional Director Milagros A. Rimando conducted briefings on CAR’s key regional development thrusts, including the RDC’s continuing pursuit of autonomy for the region’s newly elected local government leaders.

This was during an orientation conducted by the DILG-CAR on June 20-21, 2013 at the Hotel Supreme in Baguio City.  The orientation was entitled “Enhancing Proficiency of Local Chief Executives Towards  Effective Governance: Newly Elected Officials Orientation”.

“Autonomy is the best legacy we can give our children”

Speaking to about 38 participants, Dr. Bautista said that autonomy is the best gift we can give our children.  He then proceeded to explain that in spite of it being rejected twice, first in 1990 and then again in 2008, autonomy is again being pursued by the RDC because it believes that autonomy would still be the best for the Cordillera Region and its people.  It believes that an autonomous set-up would speed up CAR’s development given its unique and distinct yet varied culture and the environmental characteristics of the region.

CAR’s blueprint for development for the period 2011-2016 explained

During the same orientation, RDC Vice-Chairman and RD Milagros Rimando gave a presentation on the state of the region’s development, and the CAR Regional Development Plan (RDP) for 2011-2016. She said that while the RDP is focused on attaining the national goal of attaining inclusive growth through the reduction of poverty and increased employment, the region aims to do this through its twin strategies of: 1) Advancing CAR as the Watershed Cradle of North Philippines and Management and 2) Continuing Pursuit of Regional Autonomy. She also briefly presented the various key focus development areas, all of which are geared towards attaining development in the Cordillera Region.

Director Rimando then emphasized the need for the LGUs to align their plans, programs and projects to the national and regional development plans. This, she said, will help accelerate the attainment of a development that is truly felt by all Cordillerans.