The Third Autonomy Act Drafting Committee (TAADC) concluded its discussion of the working draft of the Third Cordillera Autonomy Act last August 23, 2011 at the Multipurpose Hall, Baguio City Hall.
TAADC started discussing the draft, provision by provision, in June 29, 2011 at the Supreme Hotel, Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City. For lack of material time it set another meeting in August 9, 2011 at the RDC Hall, NEDA-CAR, Botanical Garden, Baguio City and finally this City Hall meeting.
The working draft was prepared by a Technical Working Group and submitted to TAADC chairman Mayor Mauricio Domogan in May 17, 2011.
The meetings were attended by representatives of Local Government Units, Regional Line Agencies, Academe, Non-Government Organizations, and People’s Organizations.
The working draft will be further refined by a styling committee, which the TAADC chairman will appoint before his final review. TAADC will then submit the draft for appropriate action to the Regional Development Council which will in turn submit the document to Congress. Domogan said that even if the draft is with Congress, people can still recommend what they want included as part of the Organic Act.
Earlier report quoted the TAADC chairman emphasizing cooperation with the congressmen as it is Congress which has the full authority to pass an Organic Act. He said the RDC through TAADC is just helping Congress pass the law and making things easier for a public dissemination before a plebiscite.
On the other hand, the RDC intends to use the final working draft for its continuing Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns and consultations down to the grassroots.
Meanwhile, Mountain Province submitted a P750-thousand worth of project proposal to conduct continuing Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaign at the barangay level and with sectoral groups. The province was the first to fully liquidate the P500-thousand IEC Autonomy Fund that was made available to provinces by the RDC in 2010 and 2011.