Introduced by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” L. Pimentel III


Article X, Section 15 of the 1987 Constitution provides for the creation of the autonomous regions of Muslim Mindanao and in the Cordilleras consisting of provinces, cities, municipalities and geographical areas sharing common and distinctive historical and cultural heritage, economic and social structures and other relevant characteristics within the framework of the Constitution, the national sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the country.

Fulfilling this constitutional mandate, Congress passed Republic Act 6734 creating the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

In the case of the Cordilleras, Executive Order No. 220 organized the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) thereby mandating CAR to ensure that the region’s economic growth strategy will result to improved quality of life and sustainable total human development of all Cordillerans.

Pursuant to the Regional Development Plan for 2011-2016 drafted by the National Economic Development Authority – Cordillera Administrative Region (NEDA-CAR), regional autonomy is seen as the most effective option to provide CAR the needed solid foundation to pursue sustainable development as it hopes to address lingering issues on the management and use of its natural resources and how the region should benefit from it. Attaining regional autonomy in the Cordilleras will also bring to the national attention the benefits of promoting and accepting cultural diversity through the formulation of multi-cultural policies for Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) as the traditional uniform application of national norms and standards do not apply well to the Cordilleras.

Towards this end, it is imperative and timely therefore, that Congress enacts an Organic Act for the creation of the Cordillera Autonomous Region.

With the foregoing considered, the approval of this Bill is earnestly requested.

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