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Pres. Duterte assures support to Cordillera autonomy and development

BAGUIO CITY, July 21 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Duterte assured his  support to the attainment of a Cordillera Autonomous Region and the continued development of the region.


On Tuesday, more than 100 Cordilleran leaders showed force and unity to push for the concerns of the region primarily its pursuit for  an autonomous region.

Regional Development Council and Regional Peace and Order Council Chairman,  Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said that their travel to the Palace was fruitful as Pres. Duterte has certified the House Bill 5343 or the creation of the Cordillera Autonomous Region as a priority bill with the Bangsamoro Basic Law. HB 5343 was earlier filed by the seven Cordillera lawmakers.

Domogan, who led the Cordilleran delegates,  said that the President assured that whatever will be done to the Bangsamoro Basic Law will also be done for the House Bill 5343. He declared the BBL as a priority bill on Monday during the meeting of Mindanao Leaders and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission at the Palace.

This  was  the first time in 30 years that Cordillera leaders including elected officials, regional line agencies, civil society and non-government organizations came together to show unity to the President that they are one in solidarity in pursuit of the Cordillera autonomy.

Aside from the certification of the autonomy bill,  Domogan also asked the President to support and continue the Cordillera Road Infrastructure Program which still needs funding to pave the remaining roads in the region and for the modernization of the Loakan Airport in Baguio City which is an important infrastructure for Baguio City-manufactured export products and a critical lifeline during disasters.

 Domogan said  at least 183.3 kilometers of roads  in the region   are not yet paved, 93.5 km are national roads while 44.8 km are local roads.  

The President  has tasked the Cordillera officials to coordinate with  DPWH Sec. Mark Villar for the road improvements in the region and for the Loakan airport as well.

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza said that the meeting of the Cordillerans with the President was  a historic event since this was  the first time the Cordillerans  gathered together  setting aside their difference for one advocacy which is to entrench the Cordillera autonomous region which is the dream and the aspiration of the Cordillerans .

With Pres. Duterte,  we see that there is going to be a headway in this aspiration of the Cordillerans,  said Dureza who facilitated this meeting.  

During the meeting,  the President also talked on federalism and rallied support from the Cordillerans. He  said the long occupation by colonial powers in addition to the adoption of the unitary type of government  resulted in uneven development of the Philippines.

The President believes a federal setup will correct this inequality and eventually make the country progressive. He also warned that if the aspirations of the Muslim Filipinos are neglected, the country will never achieve peace. (JDP/RMC- PIA  CAR)


Baguio Tourist Attractions

Marker of the Philippine Commission's First Session in Baguio

This is the site of the building where the members of the Philippine Commission met from April 22 to June 11, 1904 and officially initiated the use of Baguio as the Philippine Summer Capital. The Commission was composed of Governor General Luke Wright, president, and Commissioners Henry Ide, Dean C. Worcester, T Padre Tavera, Benito Legarda, Jose de Luzuriaga, James Smith and Cameron Forbes.

Kennon Road and its Builder

Tourist-Spots-in-BaguioNamed after Col. Lyman W. Kennon, who was the final builder of the famous Benguet road, with the help of the industrious Cordillerans and foreign workers. Kennon road is the shortest and the most scenic highway linking Baguio and the lowlands. The lion's head can be found along the way. Final construction of this road was finished in 1903. Col. L. Kennon first ascended to Baguio in 1905. Of the original workers, the Igorots and Japanese were admired for their trustworthiness and willingness to work. Kennon was closed to traffic after the July 16, 1990 earthquake. It is now open to light vehicles only.

Diplomat Hotel on Dominican Hill

diplomatIn May 1911, the councils of the Province of the Dominican Order voted to construct a vacation house in Baguio on a 17-hectare property they had acquired when the American authorities were encouraging people to come here. Actual work started in 1913 under Fr. Roque Ruano and the building was inaugurated on May 23, 1925. To take advantage of the tax exemptions a school called Collegio del Santissimo Rosario was opened in June 1915 but due to the very small enrollment the school closed in 1917, reverting the building to the original vacation house. During WWII refugees first occupied it. Later the Japanese Army Liberation Forces had to bomb out the refugees from the buildings. The five hits left very extensive damage and for a time it was left unrepaired. Reconstruction was started in 1947 and completed in 1948 with most of its pre-war grandeur and beauty restored. In 1973, Diplomat Hotels, Inc. acquired ownership, remodeled the interior into a 33-bedroom hotel with modern facilities, but retained the unique and distinct personality of the Dominican Hill. In the 80's the hotel ceased operations due to the death of one of its majority stockholders. Plans are underway to develop this historical religious landmark into a tourist resort.

Philippine Military Academy

PMAThe Philippine Commission promulgated Act No. 175, which became the basis for the creation of the Philippine Constabulary in August 8, 1905. The school for the officers of the constabulary was first located in Sta. Lucia Barracks in Manila. Later in 1908, it was relocated in Baguio on the site known as Constabulary Hill later renamed Camp Henry T. Allen, in honor of the first chief of the Philippine Constabulary. With the passage of the Jones Law, the school was later changed to "Academy for Officers of the Philippine Constabulary" with a two-year curriculum. In 1908, the course was raised to collegiate level and later lengthened to three years with class 1938 as having the last graduates of that course. When the commonwealth government was established in 1935, the Philippine Military Academy was created in place of the Philippine Constabulary Academy. Under the National Defense Act, the PMA was authorized to maintain cadet strength of 350. Because of increased population, the academy transferred to Teachers Camp in June 1936 where it remained until WWII broke out. After the war the PMA headquarters was temporarily relocated at Camp Murphy and later at Alabang, while Camp Allen was being rehabilitated. Since May 1950 the Philippine Military Academy has found its permanent home at Fort del Pilar, Loakan, Baguio City.

The Mansion

The-Mansion-Baguio-CityThis imposing and majestic mansion has a long list of Filipino Presidents and American governor-generals. It has elegantly structured building and guesthouse. Its gate is patterned after that of London's Buckingham Palace. The Mansion has also been the site of several international conferences and a working office of the President of the Philippines during his visits to the City.

Camp John Hay

camp-john-hay-amphitheaterThis former American recreational facility is currently undergoing development as a world class resort. As of March 27, 1999, the golf course was completed and is now open, The skating rink, picnic area, and the mini golf course at the Scout Hill area are likewise open.

Asin Hot Spring

Located 16 kilometers northwest of Baguio, the resort's main feature is a swimming pool surrounded by thermal springs, lush vegetation and several hanging bridges. It is an ideal respite. This is now eyed to be redeveloped into a tourism resort along with the adjoining tourist attractions of Tuba and Baguio.

Bell Church

The-Bell-Church-of-Baguio-CityThis cluster of temples is located on the border of Baguio City and Trinidad Valley. Its exotic oriental architecture, pagodas roof, ornate gateway, dragon ornaments and Buddha - guarded windows gaze from atop a hill. The Bell Temple priest practices a mixture of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity. One may even try having his fortune told.

Burnham Park

Burnham-Park-BaguioIt is the oldest of all Baguio parks. One can unwind from the tension of the day-to-day bustle by biking, skating or simply reflecting on the day's experiences amid a soothing garden backdrop of colorful flowers. It is thickly wooded and is a great place to have picnics and concerts. There are tennis and basketball courts, a football field, athletic oval and an orchidarium.

Mines View Park

Mines-View-Park-Baguio-CityAppropriately named for its breathtaking view of Benguet's mountain ranges where gold, silver and other ores were once quarried. There are souvenir shops around the park offering such items as woodcarvings, woven cloth, ashtrays, shell products and other curio items.

Wright Park

It is sometimes mistakenly called "Ride Park" by some that identify this pine tree park reserve for kiddy horse rides. A long stairway leads to the "Pool of the Pines", a 100 meter long pool of water lined on both sides by the famous Baguio towering pine.