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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

Bill establishing Cordillera Autonomous Region gets Lower House approval


Tabuk City, Kalinga – The bill that seeks to establish Cordillera Autonomous Region was approved on its third and final reading by the House of Representatives on May 30, 2022.


The House Bill 5687 was filed by all representatives in the Cordillera, including Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang, for the purposes of administrative decentralization in order to accelerate the economic and social growth and development of the units in the region.

The bill will pave the way for the people of Cordillera to be "free in pursuing their political, economic, social and cultural development within the framework of national sovereignty and in accordance with the Constitution."


Mangaoang, as one of the principal authors, earlier affirmed that “we are more than ready. Our effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic using our traditions, the culture of sharing, ingenuity, and resilience showed our readiness for self-governance.”


“The Cordillera region has become one of the best performing regions in the fight against COVID-19; this demonstrates an unquestionable capacity for self-determination,” added the solon during the hearing of the Committee on Local Government.


Further, the principal authors claim that it is through its progress and growth as an autonomous political entity that the Cordillerans can tap its potentials and contribute to national success.


The bill was transmitted to the Senate on Tuesday, May 31 for further review and approval.

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