By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITSAOL
BAGUIO CITY — “Kahit ubusin natin ang pera sa IEC (information education campaign) papasa ba ang bill sa kongreso?”
Regional Development Council (RDC) Chair and Kalinga Governor Jocel Baac raised this question during the RDC third quarter meeting here on August 31.
Baac said House Bill 5595 or the autonomy bill is stuck at the House Committee on Appropriations and that the Cordillera congress representatives are not keen on pushing for the passage of the bill. He added that the bill also got stuck at the House Committee on Local Government and was only passed in the said committee when RDC officials went to lobby for its passage.
“We are exerting all our efforts for autonomy, our congressmen should also do their part and everybody should participate (in the pursuit for autonomy),” he reiterated.
The Kalinga governor added that if the autonomy bill will not be passed in this congress then it will be refiled in the next congress.
“What should we do with our congressmen?” Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said as he encouraged everyone to take care of their congress representatives and ask them to do their job in pushing for the passage of HB 5595.
“Dakayo nga taga Ifugao, makaamu kayo iti congressman yo. Dakayo nga taga Benguet, makaamo kayo met ti congressman yo. Dakami met nga taga Baguio, makaamo kami iti congressmen mi,” he reiterated.
Domogan further said the conduct of the IEC should lead most of Cordillerans to push for the passage of HB 5595. He added that congress representatives will surely follow the decision of their constituents.
According to Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat, HB 5595 is still pending at the House Committee on Appropriations because at the moment the priority of the committee is to finish the 2013 budget. # nordis.net