BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 28 (PIA) -- The Technical Working Group formed by the Committee on Local Government in the House of Representatives is set to meet to finalize House Bill 5343: “An Act Establishing the Autonomous Region of the Cordillera (ARC).”
Baguio City Rep. Mark Go said that the TWG composed of the six congressmen of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) who authored HB 5343 will convene this week with officials of the Regional Development Council to deliberate and incorporate the amendments on the proposed measure.
“We look at all the proposed amendments of the HB 5343 and if we find them meritorious and if it will be helpful to the bill then we will incorporate these proposals to the final version of the act that aims to finally create the Cordillera autonomous region,” Go said.
The TWG was created following the recent committee hearing on the proposed bill at the House of Representatives on August 14 where Mindanao representatives have pledged their all-out support for the passing of the bill in this Congress.
The Mindanao Representatives led by House Committee on Local Government chair Zamboanga Sibugay 1st District Rep. Wilter Wee Palma assured their support for the creation of the Cordillera autonomous region following the passage and ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) last month.
“Rest assured na kaming mga taga Mindanao na nandito sa committee ay susuporta sa inyo, just like the support the Cordillera representatives have given to us in the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law,” Palma said during the hearing.
Go added that they are looking at the easy passage of the HB 5343 into law with all the support from both the Lower House and the Senate. At least three senators have already filed their versions of the bill.
Compared to the BOL, Go said HB 5343 is a simpler version of the organic law for autonomy which does not have controversial and constitutional issues.
He added that this is the first time that all the Cordillera congressmen united and moved as one for the passage of the bill.
Go said after the deliberation and finalization of HB 5343, this would be consolidated with the merged Senate version of the proposed Cordillera autonomy bills. It will then be sent to the bicameral committee of both Houses to resolve if there are any conflicting issues. Once resolved, it will go back to the Lower House and the Senate for ratification and be sent to President Rodrigo Duterte by October this year for his approval. Redjie Melvic Cawis (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)