July 15, 2024

Candidates for mayor and governor in the Cordillera who attended a forum on regional autonomy called “Timek Para iti Otonomiya” expressed support for the region’s quest for autonomy.

Former Baguio mayor and congressman Mauricio Domogan said, “Through autonomy, we will be able to manage our resources, develop our place through the cooperation that we have as Cordillerans domiciled in the Cordillera which is a unifying factor.”

The mayoral bet stressed the cooperation of the unified people of Cordillera is essential to achieving autonomy.

Domogan also said the region’s unique culture is anchored and rooted in deep spirituality.

A staunch advocate of autonomy during his years in public office, he said “autonomy is the hope of the Cordillera.”

While he supports giving autonomy to Cordillera, reelectionist Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, meanwhile, said now is probably not the right time to allow the region to control and manage its own resources.

“It is every local chief executive, local government unit’s (dream) to manage its resources but is it the proper time to have it?” Magalong asked.

The mayor said the political maturity of candidates, as well as the circumstances brought by the global pandemic, should first be considered before granting autonomy to the region.

Thomas Tundagui Jr., a candidate for Ifugao governor, said autonomy will be a gift to the future children in the region who will reap the benefits of being able to decide what is best for themselves and the region.

Other mayoral and gubernatorial candidates who committed to virtually attend the forum failed to do so due to poor Internet connection. – PNA