BAGUIO CITY – The Regional Development Council (RDC) CAR and its partners are now gearing up for another year of advocacy for regional autonomy, especially now that the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the 2016 National Elections have been receiving more attention than they did before.

As the kickoff event, the RDC conducted two seminar workshops held 20th and 21st January 2015 at Summer Place Hotel, Baguio City. Its purpose is to orient participants in deploying effective autonomy campaign strategies through the conduct of joint planning workshops.

The two workshops were coordinated and organized by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) CAR which serves as the secretariat for RDC.

The workshop on Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) was attended by members of the IEC Speakers’ Bureau from the Regional and Provincial levels, Line Agencies, and the Private Sector.

The participants were encouraged to rethink IEC strategies that will reach even the outskirts of the Cordillera. An open forum enabled them to voice out their fears and apprehensions in the light of the present status of the autonomy agenda. At the end of the day, a list of IEC projects for 2015 was produced.

The workshop on Alliance Building on the second day was participated by partners from the Local Government Units, Regional Line Agencies joined by Members of the Provincial Task Force and representatives of Congressmen who have shown continuing support to regional autonomy.

Moreover, it had drawn forth the creation of the ‘Alliance of Volunteers for Cordillera Autonomy’. The ad hoc alliance plan to develop a pool of advocates like the Manila-based Cordillerans who are pivotal in convincing the Congress and the Senate during the hearings.

Engr. Ines Basaen, the resource speaker and facilitator inspired the participants to continue the clamor and efforts toward regional autonomy.



By: Mark Allen Ponciano, SPCAR