Cordillera lawmakers have urged the Regional Development Council (RDC) to make them special members of the body.
Ifugao Representative Solomon Chungalao said that with the lawmakers as special members, the RDC will have allies in Congress especially during the deliberation and passage of their proposed budgets.
Chungalao said the Cordillera lawmakers will be the RDC’s “anchor” in the House of Representatives.
“We are happy to work together with you, the RDC, even as special members, for the best of our province and the Cordillera region as well,” Mountain Province Representative Maximo Dalog, Jr. said.
Kalinga Representative Allen Jesse Mangaoang also said that Cordillera lawmakers becoming RDC special members will further strengthen ensure the push for the region’s autonomy.
“We will be your lobbyists in pushing for Cordillera autonomy in Congress,” Abra Representative Joseph Bernos.