Monday, December 5, 2011

Bicol Autonomy Movement (BAM) updates

The oratorical contest on Bicol autonomy has been successfully completed in three provinces: Albay, Camarines Sur, and Camarines Norte. The champions from these provincial eliminations (including the winners from the upcoming eliminations in the Provinces of Sorsogon, Masbate, and Catanduanes) will be competing in the regional championship!

A research paper on the economic viablity of Bicol autonomy will be completed soon. It explores the various economic variables that affect the performance of the region within the broader national context. BAM will sponsor a public presentation of the initial findings this month!

BAM expresses its gratitude to the Coalition for a Citizens Constitution (C4CC) for inviting us into their national consultations on charter change and regional autonomy. Bicol autonomy was presented in Cagayan de Oro City, DAvao City, Tacloban City, and Naga City.

Our gratitude also for the individuals, organizations, and institutions that took part in the focus group discussion on Bicol autonomy conducted in Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Your ideas and inputs will become part of the working draft of the proposed Charter for the Bicol Autonomous Region!

And last, but not the least, our gratitude for the legal minds within the Bicol Autonomous Movement that will draft the working paper locating the BAM advocacy within the broader context of charter change.

Mabuhay ang Bicol Autonomy! Mabuhay ang Bicol!

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