Editorial: So what’s next after Unity gong

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Monday, July 14, 2014

THEY say the gong is an inherent instrument practically in all the celebrations, rituals and gatherings of the Cordillera provinces.

And since 2012, a unity gong relay has become part of the Cordillera month celebration symbolizing the unity for the region’s pursuit of regional autonomy and development.

This year, the Unity Gong has been travelling to each of the provinces in the region as part of the annual Cordillera Month celebration.


With the theme “Boosting the Economic Competitiveness of the Cordilleras for Asean Economic Community 2015”, is highlighting the need for the region to build up its competitiveness in preparation for the Asean integration come 2015.

For the third time, the region will eye for that elusive bid in becoming an autonomous region as embodied in the 1986 Constitution.

But after 1986 and two failed plebiscites, Cordillera will remain as it is and the provinces and one city might return to their original regions if the establishment of an autonomous region will not push through.

The Unity gong, which was introduced two years ago aims to drum up the interest of the Cordillerans in attaining a true blue autonomous region has not made the noise it needed in pulsating to the masses what autonomy means.

Surely, there were some series of education and information campaign through the years capped by a regional summit just last April to gather the sentiments of the people.

But will that sentiment be enough to muster the needed vote to become an autonomous region?

The unity gong, which they say would be an instrument for the region’s oneness has yet to reap the fruits of its labor. And with the relay ending again today to commemorate the establishment of the Cordillera Administrative Region, only a few remain optimistic on the future of the region.

Surely, the unity gong relay is one mean of drumming up support for autonomy but is it not just a waste of time, money and effort? Please explain!

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 15, 2014.


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