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Abra hosts Cordillera Month for the first time in 27 years
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

The province of Abra will be hosting for the first time the celebration of the 27th year of Cordillera Administrative Region.

Also for the first time, exhibits will feature enterprises that maximized technology in product development, said Department of Science and Technology Regional Director Julius Ceasar Sicat. The DOST chairs this year’s celebrations.

Sicat said the plan is to inform and educate the public that as the ASEAN integration begins in 2015, those in the business industry should shape up or they will be left behind when borderless agreements begin.

Abra Public Information Officer Serafin Alzate said while the Regional Development Council decided that hosting of the Cordillera Month should be done by every province, beginning with Abra, this is also their way of showing that provincial officials support the bid for autonomy, albeit they have differing opinions regarding the issue.

Rep. Ma. Jocelyn Bernos earlier agreed to sign House Bill 4649, which was re-filed in the 12th Congress. Previously, the Abra solon consistently declined to sign earlier drafts of the Organic Act saying more consultations should be done before autonomy is pursued.

As in the past celebrations, a unity gong will be passed on in every province. The relay begins in Abra on July 9, then will be brought to Baguio City on July 10; in Mountain Province on July 12; in Kalinga on July 13; in Apayao on July 14, then back to Abra on July 15. 

Meanwhile, National Economic Development Authority Regional Director Milagros Rimando said in response to clamor for more community-based information and education campaigns, the Regional Development Council has devised ways to strengthen the campaign.

Rimando said the RDC has tied up with the Department of Interior and Local Government for coordination with barangay officials. The DOST has also developed a stratified sampling methodology to determine which sector need to be informed about what autonomy is.

Aside from community-based campaign, Rimando said the RDC is targeting the 52 percent who, based on the latest baseline survey, were undecided whether they will vote for or against an autonomous Cordillera.


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