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(Saturday morning, 11 May 2013)


Facilitator: Marjorie Abeya-Soaygan

Secretary & Reporter: Myla Tafaleng Matayeo


Cristobal Kilakil Agnaonao

Julius Banban

Anita Chulyao Banya-ao

Yvonne Kay-an Belen

Alice Pumihic Cuyob

Marvin Adjawan Mones

Kyle Suanding

Cesar Tomilas Taguba

Herminia Buyuccan Teh-op

Group #3 Report on:

Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon’s Keynote Address: “Appreciating the Similarities and Differences of the Cordillera Ethnic Groups”


I. Definition

1. Cordillera Region

The region in the Philippines composed of the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province, as well as the chartered city, Baguio City. The Cordillera Administrative Region encompasses most of the areas within the Cordillera Central mountain of Luzon, the largest mountain range in the country and it is the country's only land-locked region. The region is home to numerous indigenous tribes collectively called the Igorots.

2. Governance

Governance is the act of governing. It is what a "governing body" does and it is the way rules are set and implemented. However, there is a significant degree of consensus that good governance relates to political and institutional processes and outcomes that are deemed necessary to achieve the goals of development.

II. Concept of Good Governance

a)  Transparency

b)  Responsibility

c)  Accountability

d) Participation

e)   Responsiveness to the needs of the people

III. Cordillera without Good Governance

 The Cordillera region is famed for its majestic mountains and its unique customs and traditions preserved from generation to generation and the Igorot people living in peace. Years before, the communities were governed by traditional institutions called ator or dap-ay. These institutions had a Council of Elders. As years passed by, the communities have adapted political governance.

Cordillera without good governance would mean:

1. Chaos in the region,

2. No goals to fulfill,

3. Corrupt government,

4. No development in the region,

5. People leaving the region and

6. Tourism and environment degradation

IV. Conclusions and Recommendations

1. Proper education in choosing the right leader.

2. Political dynasty should be eradicated.

3. Leaders should lead for the benefit of the people.

4. Consultation of the people when issues arise.

5. Transparency of those in government.


By Myla Tafaleng Matayeo


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