‘Unity gong’ renews Cordillera’s autonomy quest

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, July 11 (PIA) -- Cordillera leaders renewed the region’s call for unity in the pursuit of autonomy in the Cordillera in this year’s Unity Gong relay.

 

In the Kalinga-leg of the relay on July 10, Ferdinand Gonzalez, Private Sector Representative of the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC), explained how the gong among the Cordillerans symbolizes a call for action.

“Today, while we bring the Unity Gong around the region, let’s drumbeat our people’s unwavering struggle for self-determination and self-governance through genuine autonomy,” Gonzalez stressed.

Kalinga solon and Mt. Province Congressional Caretaker Allen Jesse C. Mangaoang, in his statement of commitment, said the beating of the ‘Unity Gong should reverberate to us for our forefather’s dreams for Cordillera identity.’

“Let us cherish the culture and values handed down to us that should inspire us today to continue their aspiration for one-people one-region,” Mangaoang said.

Giving updates on House Bill 5343 or the Cordillera Autonomy Act draft, he said there is a regionwide public hearing set on July 12 in Mountain Province,   Kalinga on July 19, then followed by the rest of the provinces.

On Federalism, Mangaoang vowed to work with other Cordillera legislators in assuring that the six provinces plus two cities of the Cordillera would stay intact.

Meanwhile, Kalinga Governor Jocel C. Baac urged people of the region to be bonded in love, unity and respect for one another.

“We may vary in certain things but indeed we are common in culture and heritage and that is our identity as a region as people,” Baac said.

      

The Kalinga-leg of the unity gong relay was witnessed by Mt. Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr, DENR-CAR Director Ralph Pablo, other local leaders and regional executives.

From Kalinga, unity gong relay moved to Apayao then to Abra, to Baguio-Benguet then to Ifugao for the July 15 celebration of the 31st Cordillera Founding Anniversary with the theme: “CAR at 31: Regional Autonomy for Governance”. (PIA Kalinga) 

 

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