CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, July 18 (PIA) -- The new set of Cordillera lawmakers will restrategize on the pursuit of regional autonomy in Congress.
"We should sit down and restrategize to push for the Cordilllera regional autonomy," Kalinga Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang said during the sidelines of the Cordillera Unity Gong Relay kick off here last week.
Mangaoang said the three re-elected congressmen( himself, Cong. Mark Go of Baguio City and Abra Cong. Joseph Bernos), will have to meet with the new ones to discuss on how they are going to push for bill creating the Autonomous Region of the Cordillera.
In the last Congress, House Bill 5343 reached second reading. Mangaoang hopes that this time, the bill goes all the way and pass the congress, the senate and for signing by the President.
Mangaoang said he is hoping to work smoothly with the new Cordillera lawmakers namely Apayao's Elias Bulut Jr., Benguet's Nestor Fongwan Sr., Ifugao's Solomon Chungalao and Maximo Dalog Jr. of Mountain Province.
Bulut and Fongwan are known autonomy advocates during their terms as governors and they expressed support to pursue Cordillera regional autonomy.
Mangaoang added that they will also be working closely with the Regional Development Council for the drafting of autonomy bill.
He recommends that there should be consistent conduct of information, education and communication campaign in the grassroots to ensure that the pursuit of autonomy and development would be known by the people even in the far flung areas in region.
The establishment of autonomous region in the Cordillera is provided under the 1987 Constitution. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)