BAGUIO CITY, April 29(PIA) –Baguio City Representative Mark Go remains optimistic that the autonomy bill creating the Cordillera Autonomous Region will be passed this 18th Congress.
“We want this approved during the 18th Congress and I will do everything I can do to have this approved before the end of this 18th Congress,” Go said during a recent on line meeting consultation by the Social Preparation of CAR into an Autonomous Region (SPCAR).
Go said the Cordillera lawmakers are working very hard to ensure that the Autonomy Bill will be passed before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends in 2022.
He informed that they will have a technical working group meeting with the other lawmakers and other stakeholders to finalize the substitute bill by the first week of May and the output would be submitted for deliberation in the mother committee. which is the Committee on Local Governance in the Lower House of Congress.
Hopefully, the Committee on Local Governance will approve the substitute bill and have this presented in the plenary for the whole Congress to discuss and approve on third and final reading before the adjournment in June.
The lawmakers are working for the substitute bill of the House Bill 5687 filed by all Cordillera congressmen, and HB 7778 filed by Benguet Caretaker Congressman Eric Yap.
“Once the autonomy bill is approved on second reading, I am very sure it will already be approved on third and final reading in Congress and we will have no problem in the Senate since we have a counterpart bill sponsored by Senator Miguel Zubiri, and he is committed and is waiting to have this bill passed in both houses,” Go added.
Go with Mountain Province Congressman Maximo Dalog head the House of Representatives technical working group for the proposed legislations establishing the Autonomous Region of the Cordillera. Both lawmakers are continually coordinating with the House Committee on Local Government to advance the Cordillera autonomy bill.
The lawmaker stressed that the goal is not just to have autonomy but autonomy should be an enabler to a higher goal which is to improve the socio-economic conditions of people in the Cordillera region.
“The regional autonomy should be an enabler, it is the means to achieve social, political and economic growth in the Cordillera and that should be the way we look at this. An autonomous Cordillera Region should be an enabler for growth and development in the Cordillera. Ultimately, it is a means to improve the quality of the life of Cordillerans”. (JDP/RMC-PIA-CAR)