Issue of February 4, 2018
Mt. Province

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Baguio to host first RDC–RPOC quarterly meeting on Feb 23
by PIO release

Mayor Mauricio Domogan ordered the secretariats of the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) to schedule the joint meeting of the regional bodies for the first quarter of the year on Feb. 23 with the city government serving as the host.

Domogan, who chairs the RDC-CAR and RPOC-CAR, said it is best to start the year with the joint meeting of the regional bodies in the city before doing the meetings in the different parts of the region as usually practiced.

“We hope that we can muster a good attendance among our local officials so that we will be able to accomplish the priority issues of the region,” Domogan said, adding that the members will also be invited to witness the highlights of Panagbenga, which will be the grand street dancing parade on Feb. 24 and the grand float parade on Feb. 25.

He said among the key issues to be discussed is the enhanced strategies to strengthen the lobby among national officials for the passage of the proposed autonomy bill side by side with the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

He said the enactment of House Bill 5343, the bill that seeks to establish an autonomous region in the Cordillera, has become urgent to prevent the matter from being overtaken by the shift to a federal form of government.

The House of Representatives is set to pass a resolution to convene both chambers of Congress into a constituent assembly to deliberate the planned shift to federal form of government.

He said that under a federal setup, the Cordillera cannot actually exist as an independent federal state because the region’s resources cannot actually sustain its existence and the option available for the region to be united is for it to exist as a special autonomous region within a federal state.

He said if the region is included as a member of the Northern Luzon Federal state, it will surely be left out in terms of development because of its smaller land area and lesser population.

Last week, Sen.  Juan Miguel Zubiri said he will file a bill in the Senate for Cordillera’s autonomy, heeding the request of Peace Secretary Jesus Dureza.

In 2006, the RDC-CAR embraced autonomy as its overarching agenda to fast track development in the different parts of the region to catch up with the pace of development in other regions in the country.

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