RDC Vice-chair and NEDA Regional Director Milagros Rimando updates participants of the new timeline to achieve autonomy by 2019, and the consensus among CAR leaders to pursue autonomy first towards federalism.

BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) through NEDA-CAR on February 20-21, 2017 continued to banner the ‘autonomy first towards federalism’ slogan in a two-day “Autonomy IEC Training and Retooling Workshop” organized for both current and interested Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) speakers.

The training highlighted the introduction of federalism as part of the enhanced autonomy IEC module. Equally highlighted was the discussion on the key provisions of the recently adopted new draft organic act entitled “An Organic Act to Establish the Autonomous Region of the Cordillera”.

The RDC IEC training module maintained the essential topics on the history of struggle for autonomy, three core messages, salient features of the draft organic act, and the fiscal viability of an autonomous region – the discussions were rendered by senior members of the Autonomy Speakers’ Bureau.

Around 70 delegates from various Regional Line Agencies, Municipal and Provincial Local Government Units, State Universities and Colleges, Civil Society Groups, and Private Sector Representatives participated in the two-day activity.

It can be recalled that in 2013, a similar training was convened by the RDC which established the Cordillera Autonomy Speakers Bureau that led the IEC activities in the region and local units. This time, the training was the RDC’s response to address the continuing and increasing demand for more information dissemination activities from all sectors especially the youth and grassroot stakeholders. Also, the recently conducted IEC training was in answer to the increasing interest of individuals who want to volunteer and help the RDC in the autonomy advocacy as member of the Regional Speakers’ Bureau.


by Mark Allen Ponciano, SPCAR