Gong relay, culture activities, to spice up Cordillera Month

>> Wednesday, June 22, 2016

CORDILLERA line agencies and local governments are set to commemorate 29th founding anniversary of the Cordillera Administrative Region on July spiced up by  unique cultural activities.
The Cordillera Regional Development Council directed the regional sectoral committee on social services and development led by the Dept. of Social Works and Development to scout for a guest speaker in case President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will not be able to make it during culmination July 15 at Baguio Convention Center.
            RDC members said alternate to President Duterte should be within inner circle of his advisers so the region will be able to send a strong message to him that Cordillerans want renewed pursuit for self-governance included as one of his priorities aligned with his major platform on federalism since both concerns could be taken side by side.
            The celebration will kick off Baguio with send-off ceremony of the Unity Gong Relay on July 9 in front of the Baguio City Hall.
Participants of gong relay will proceed to Lagawe, Ifugao wherein the turnover of the symbolic gong will be done at provincial capital on July 10, before proceeding to Tabuk City, Kalinga in the afternoon.
On July 11, the symbolic gong will travel to Luna, Apayao where it will stay overnight before being brought to Abra for the turnover at the provincial capitol in Bangued on July 12.
The symbolic gong will then travel to Bauko, Mountain Province via the Mountain Province-Ilocos Sur road where the turnover will be done at the Mount Data Hotel on July 13.
The gong will then be brought to the capital town of La Trinidad, Benguet on July 14 before it will be brought back to the city afternoon of the same day.
Janet Armas, DSWD-CAR regional director, said that during the turnover of the unity gong in the provinces, selected parent leaders will be tapped to speak about their insights on the region’s renewed pursuit for autonomy so  autonomy advocates will campaign for the Cordillera to achieve autonomy.
         Armas said there will be multi-sectoral conferences in provinces during unity gong turnover involving beneficiaries of the government’s conditional cash transfer and parent leaders from the grassroots who will listen to speakers on the region’s renewed quest for self-governance, aside from tree planting in “unity parks.”

The DSWD-CAR official urged Cordillerans to attend activities scheduled by the organizing committee to understand better the essence of regional autonomy. -- Dexter A. See

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