Editorial: One final push-A A +A
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
TODAY'S Cordillera regional summit will determine whether the region will makes its third and hopefully final bid for an autonomous region.
Since the establishment of the Cordillera Administrative Region in 1987 under Executive Order 220 by the late former President Corazon Aquino, two plebiscites have already been conducted but both failed to take off since not all provinces in the region wanted to be part of the autonomy.
The two previous organic acts were rejected in two plebiscites, partly, as per feedback, due to a weak information campaign and understanding of autonomy, and in weakening or “mangling” by Congress of the original draft prepared by the Cordillera Regional Consultative Commission.
Cordillera leaders remain optimistic the long dream of becoming an autonomous region is about time following the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.
Together with the Bangsamoro, the Cordillera region was granted the chance on autonomy in the 1987 constitution and it will be a big milestone for the region’s quest for peace and development once autonomy is granted.
The regional summit aims to fast track the third organic act and to obtain the sentiments of all stakeholders in the region down to the grassroots.
The summit will focus on inputs from the governors of the six provinces, mayors Mauricio Domogan of Baguio and Ferdinand Tubban of Tabuk, Kalinga, together with representatives of non-government organizations, the media and the Cordillera Association of Regional Executives based on consultations conducted with their constituents and sectors.
Whatever the consensus in today’s summit will be the working paper for a proposed third organic act to be filed before the Congress.
For the past 27 years, the region has been aiming for self rule but the people are not receptive raising too many questions but hardly listening to the answers.
With the regional summit, the dream of finally having an autonomous region up north must now be realized and hopefully not in 27 years.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 30, 2014.