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Guv bats for private sector participation in IEC campaign on autonomy

by Joseph B Zambrano

Tabuk City, Kalinga (20 February) -- In a bid to attain self determination and sovereignty for the creation of an autonomous region in the Cordillera, the private sector should carry out an active role in the information, education campaign on autonomy.

Thus urged Ifugao Governor Teddy Baguilat Jr adding that it is not only the Regional Development Council and the government line agencies who are supposed to do the information dissemination to the people. Each single individual can help in rekindling our pursuit for autonomy, he pointed out.

'I am for autonomy and I am doing my part in educating our people, telling them the advantages derived from it and most especially, we should also learn from the autonomous region in Muslim Mindanao, instilling their best practices and leaving away the inaccuracies', Baguilat said.

For Kalinga Governor Floydelia Diasen, she is very much concerned on the issue on the environment and the rich mineral resources of the province. It should not be exploited by multi-companies, stakeholders should be the one to manage all the rich natural wealth of region.

'I advocate for a genuine autonomy for our region. There will be progress and growth thereby improving our standard of living', Diasen said.

We can have our own laws, taxation and others for our own benefits, what we really want to do for the development of our region and our people, Diasen added.

Meanwhile, Usec. Vilma Labrador of the Department of Education and Culture (DepEd) and Chairman of the National Commission Culture and the Arts (NCCA) said that autonomy will preserve the rich culture and traditions of the Cordillerans. It also provides for the adopting of indigenous practices as part of its laws, applying home grown methods in agriculture and managing the native resources of the region.

Labrador was one of the keynote speakers in the week-long 15th Ulalim Festival of Kalinga coinciding the 1st quarter meeting of the RDC. (PIA-CAR) [top]

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