MRRD-NECC supports Cordillera’s bid for autonomy towards federalism

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 26 (PIA) -- The organization that convinced then Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte to run as President vowed support to the pursuit of Cordillera Regional Autonomy.


Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte – National Executive Coordinating Committee(NECC) National President and Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones said that the MRRD – NECC organization will help the Cordillerans attain autonomy towards federalism.

Castriciones during his visit in Benguet province last week, said the concept of autonomy is instilled in the proposed federal constitution submitted to Pres. Duterte by the Constitutional Committee.

“The proposed federal constitution mentions the Cordillera and the Bangsamoro as special areas in the concept of federalism,” he said.  

Castriciones explained that the MRRD – NECC is mandated to support the advocacy of the President particularly on the fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption, insurgency and poverty and especially for the push for a change in a federal form of government. He said that the propagation of federalism in the country is getting stronger with the support from the more than three million members of their organization.

He added that the MRRD-NECC also has been quite successful in its campaign on federalism as most of the proposals for the new federal constitution have been adopted by the Constitutional Committee which drafted the proposed constitution submitted to the President.

“At least 75 percent of the suggestions of the MRRD-NECC has been incorporated in the proposed federal constitution of the Philippines,” he added.

Castriciones was in the Benguet Provincial Capitol to conduct a dialogue with Benguet officials led by Governor Crescencio Pacalso, the agrarian reform beneficiaries and other farmers on the programs of the Department of Agrarian Reform.

Aside from presenting DAR programs that would benefit the province, Castriciones also took time to talk on federalism and its benefits and advantages.  

After the dialogue, Castriciones meet with members of the MRRD-NECC Cordillera to discuss issues and concerns particularly on the recent activities of the group. (PIA CAR)


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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