The basic education department of the region is calling on all public and private schools to commemorate every September 13 the 1986 Sipat Peace Talks which led to the creation of the Cordillera Administrative Region.
The Department of Education – CAR (DepEd CAR), through a memorandum, urged all its schools to carry out activities in celebration of the forging of peace agreement between the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) led by then Fr. Conrado Balweg and by then President Corazon C. Aquino on September 13, 1986 at the Mt. Data Hotel in Bauko, Mt.Province..
September 13, 2019 was recently declared a special non-working holiday in the region by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 802 s. 2019 to allow the Cordilleran people to celebrate and participate in the occasion.
Also known as the Mt. Data Peace Accord, the historic event paved way for the late Aquino to issue Executive Order No. 220 creating the Cordillera Administrative Region with the mandate to administer the affairs of government in the region, accelerate the economic and social growth and development of the unit of the region, and prepare for the establishment of the Autonomous Region of the Cordillera. This is likewise reflected through Article X, Section 15 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution.
Before EO 220, Abra, Benguet, Baguio City and Mt. Province were under Region 1 while Ifugao, Kalinga, and Apayo were part of Region 2.
“This is our way of boosting the historical and cultural consciousness of our young learners and stir up their spirit of heroism, patriotism and unity; this is likewise in line with the observance of the National Peace Consciousness Month” said regional director May B. Eclar.
Some of the activities in schools that may be conducted until the end of September are information education campaigns on regional autonomy, holding of contests, putting up of informative materials in bulletin boards, or organizing of simple campus program.
“Even, integration during class discussions and during flag raising rites will a go a long way in inculcating this historic event to our youth as well as to our DepEd personnel,” added Eclar.