The project “Provincial and City Youth Assemblies on Regional Autonomy”will boost this year’s quest for autonomy as the campaign for self-governance continues. It is the first in the line of autonomy campaign projects that will be implemented in the first quarter of this year. The series of assemblies will commence in February and is expected to end before May.

The “Provincial and City Youth Assemblies on Regional Autonomy” comprises a series of workshops calling together youth leaders from the CAR provinces and Baguio City.It aims to provide immediate answers to questions, clarifications and reservations the youth sector may have towards the current efforts to realize the clamor for self-determination.

It can be recalled that the need to engage more the youth in the autonomy campaign was recognized during the Regional Development Council (RDC) and Executive Committee meetings where the importance of the role of the youth in the autonomy movement have been taken up, highlighting them as a game-changing sector of the clamor.

Therefore, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) CAR that serves as the secretariat for RDC developed the project, and allocated the funds.

The project, which therefore received funding from the Social Preparation of CAR into an Autonomous Region (SPCAR) in December 2014, was commissioned to DEVMAX.COM, a non-government organization that will facilitate and coordinate the seven youth assemblies.

Of the seven assemblies, three were expected to be finished in February, consisting of the youth assembly in the provinces of Benguetand Mt. Province, and the City of Baguio.

The endeavor was signified by the fact that, in the Philippines, the youth comprise the 15 to 30 years age group of the population. And relevantly, based on the census of projected population in Cordillera for 2015, the population ages from 20 to 29 will virtually make up 18% of legal voters.

The youth dictates the course of the campaign, not only because of their voting capability, but also because they can freely immerse themselves in the need to expand the information campaign.



by Mark Allen Ponciano, SPCAR