The balut vendor may not individually become rich when there is autonomy. His life may not become sensational either. But the institutions around him to whom some powers of the national government will be devolved will make government services for him more accessible.

Let’s look at Sec. 28 of HB 5595 and SB 3115. Both bills provide that the autonomous government for the Cordillera can exercise jurisdiction on the following concerns – administrative organization, creation of sources of revenue, ancestral domain and natural resources, personal, family and property relations, urban and rural development, tourism, educational policies, preservation of cultural heritage, patents and trademarks and other matters for the general welfare.

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