Cordillera RDC calls for continuing partnership towards regional development and autonomy

  • July 10, 2017

BAGUIO CITY, July 10 (PIA) - - The Cordillera Regional Development Council chairperson and  Baguio City Mayor Domogan called  for continuing partnership with regional line agencies, local chief executives and other stakeholders in the region in working together towards sustainable economic growth and autonomy.

Domogan made this call during the 2016 State of the Region (SORe) report and 2017 Mayor’s Summit at the Mansion House on Friday. He stressed that sustainable economic growth should be  guided by the 2017 – 2022 Cordillera Regional Development Plan and the Philippine Development Plan towards the government’s long term vision of “Ambisyon Natin 2040” that carries the slogan “Maginhawa, Matatag at Panatag na Buhay”.

The 2016 State of the Region report   showed that Cordillera’s economy has slowly and steadily grown, employment has increased and poverty has been reduced despite the need to revive the agriculture sector, revitalize industry and sustain growth in the services sector.

Domogan also highlighted the improvement in governance with more local government units awarded with the Seal of Good Local Governance, and improvement in peace and order situation with reduction in index crime volume and average monthly index crime rate.

He also noted positive outlook on the region’s infrastructure development, social services, environment and natural resources and on indigenous peoples concerns.

RDC  Vice Chair  and NEDA Regional Director  Milagros Rimando  also  provided a spatial assessment of regional development and the report of the RDC Economic Development Committee; DILG Regional Director Marlo Iringan reported  on  accompl ishments  of the Development Administration sector; DPWH RD Nerie Bueno for  the Iinfrastructure Development Sector; DSWD Director Janet Armas   for the Social Development Sector; Rosella Bahni  for    Indigenous Peoples’ Concerns, and DENR – Environment Management Bureau  Regional Director Reynaldo Digamo  for  Watershed and Environmental Management  sector during  the summit.

Domogan also  called  for unity in pushing for continuing quest for regional autonomy with  House Bill (5343) already re –filed in Congress last March 20. Let us continue our advocacy for regional autonomy first before federalism, he stressed.

For RDC, the attainment of regional autonomy will enhance the Cordillera identity as a region and will bring in responsive policies and progress for all, Domogan added. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

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