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Timetable set for Cordillera autonomy drive

BAGUIO CITY, February 04 – The Third Autonomy Drafting Committee (TADC) mandated its provincial committees to submit their proposals on their desired provisions that will be included in the preparation for the third draft of the Cordillera Autonomy law on or before March 31 to allow its consolidation into a third Organic Act that will be submitted to Congress before the opening of its second regular session on July this year.

However TADC members led by Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan will have a preliminary meeting on March 11, 2011 at the Baguio City Multipurpose Hall to assess the extent of the provincial consultations undertaken to gather the sentiments of the people on the pertinent provisions that will be acceptable for inclusion in the third Organic Act.

Under the proposed timetable by the TADC, the draft bill will be subjected to consultations with Cordillera congressmen during the months of April to June so that it will be officially filed in the House of Representatives by July.

The committee expects that the third autonomy law will be approved by both chambers by the end of this year so that its contents will be disseminated to the different parts of the Cordillera early next year.

If there will be no delays in the approval of the third autonomy law, the plebiscite for its ratification could either be done by the middle of next year so that people will have the freedom to decide whether or not the region will become autonomous.

For his part, Domogan believes the conduct of the plebiscite for the establishment of an autonomous region must be done prior to the May 2013 mid-term elections to prevent the issue from being politicized so that the true sentiments of the people will be reflected when they cast their votes whether or not they are in favor of achieving the constitutional provision mandating the creation of an autonomous region in the Cordillera and Muslim Mindanao.

The TADC chairman does not want a repeat of what happened in the second Organic Act where it was only signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos on December 31, 1997 which was very close to the May 1998 synchronized national elections, thus, the autonomy issued was politicized considering that politicians who campaigned for its ratification were branded as having ambitions to become the regional governor.

Since the plebiscite was scheduled for March 7, 1998, there was no longer sufficient time to disseminate the real essence of the autonomy law that resulted in its overwhelming rejection in all the local governments comprising the region except for Apayao.

The committee cited that the outcome of the assessment on the provincial consultations will determine whether or not the March 11 deadline will be extended to May 31 to allow more consultations in the different provinces so that all the concerns of the various sectors will be appropriately addressed.

Initial results of provincial consultations show there is a snowballing support for the renewed quest for regional autonomy being spearheaded by the Regional Development Council (RDC) in the Cordillera but grassroots level consultations must be done in all the provinces, cities and municipalities as well as the barangays.

 
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