Baguio City:  “Congratulations to a work well done,” was Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan’s words of thanks to the Technical Working Group’s (TWG) of the Third Autonomy Act Drafting Committee (TAADC) when he received in his office the TWG’s output last May 17, 2011 – a 28-page (short bond paper) document entitled “An Act to Establish the Cordillera Autonomous Government” and marked Draft for TAADC’s consideration.   

The city mayor chairs the TAADC, a special committee of the Regional Development Council (RDC).

 Domogan said he shall convene the TAADC whose members include all the governors of the region so it would further enrich the document and then organize a meeting with the CAR congressmen.  “By end of June, RDC should submit the proposed act to congress,” he said.

He emphasized cooperation with the congressmen as it is Congress which has the full authority to pass an Organic Act.  He said TAADC is just helping Congress pass the law and making things easier for a public dissemination before a plebiscite. 

The TAADC is still accepting inputs to the documents.  In fact the provinces of Abra, Apayao and Benguet are yet to conduct their consultations. 

On the issue that TAADC could be rushing things, Domogan answered: Twenty-three years-sen nga sarsarita-en tayo ti autonomy (We had been talking of Regional Autonomy for the past 23 years).