To fully implement the project on grassroots or barangay IEC on autonomy, the Cordillera Regional Development Council (CAR RDC) conducted a second meeting with the region’s municipal officials on July 26, 2016 at the Citylight Hotel, Baguio City.
The meeting aimed to establish and strengthen the RDC’s partnership in the implementation of grassroots or barangay IEC on regional autonomy through the municipal local government units (MLGUs).
The findings of the 2015 Pulse Survey were utilized to identify specific CAR geographical areas where more IEC activities should be conducted. Sixteen priority LGUs throughout the region were identified: three municipalities of Abra (Bucay, Lagangilang, and San Juan), three municipalities of Apayao (Conner, Kabugao, and Flora), three municipalities of Benguet (Itogon, Buguias, and Kapangan), two municipalities of Ifugao (Alfonso Lista, andLamut), three municipalities of Kalinga (Tabuk, Pinukpuk, and Rizal), and two municipalities of Mountain Province (Bauko, and Paracelis).
Last March, six municipalities such as Lagangilang, Kabugao, Itogon, Alfonso Lista, Tabuk, and Pinukpuk participated in the meeting. This time, the meeting was organized with the other ten remaining LGUs to brief them on the technical and administrative aspects of the project and for possible partnership.
The meeting was also a venue to inform and update LGUs on the Social Preparation of CAR into an Autonomous Region (SPCAR) Program and the experiences of partner LGUs on grassroots IEC.
LGU- La Trinidad, through Joel Cervantes and Lawrence Balud, shared the best practices of the LGU on the conduct of grassroots IEC. Accordingly, the success of their IEC lies on the strong support of their local chief executive (LCE) and the conduct of a trainors” training among the municipality- based resource persons who initiated IECs in the barangays. They also presented sample modules which other LGUs can replicate.
Director Milagros Rimando encouraged the LCEs and their representatives to innovate a strategy in the conduct of IEC in their municipalities.
Meanwhile, the RDC will be soliciting proposals from these LGUs for possible partnership in the conduct of IECs in their respective localities.
Maridel Langbis, SPCAR