NOMINEES for the top post in the Regional Development Council were submitted to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for appointment.

Two local government chief executives and two private sector representatives were nominated for RDC chairman and co-chairman positions.

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During the RDC en banc meeting, nominated from the government sector were Kalinga Governor Jocel Baac and Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan.

From the private sector, nominees were Cordillera Network of Development Non-Government Organizations and People's Organizations, Inc. president Marietta Paragas and Rotary Club Baguio Summer Capital president Dr. Virgilio Bautista.

The list was submitted by RDC acting chairman Juan Ngalob recently to the Secretary of Socio-Economic Planning, who will endorse it to the Aquino.

Aquino will then choose from among the four nominees the region's RDC chairman and co-chairman.

Earlier, a RDC Private Sector Selection Forum was conducted to enjoin those from private organizations to join the policy making body of the region that was formed through Executive Order 30 to act as coordinating body for Cordillera development.

Selected as Private Sector Representative geographic representatives were Pura Sumangil of the Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government, Ferdinand Gonzales of Apayao People's Organization for Social Transformation, Jerry Lab-oyan of Benguet, Nenita Fontanilla of Ifugao Network of Development NGOs and POs, Andres Ngao-i of Kalinga Bodong Association, Ebgan, Inc. of Mountain Provinc and Bautista.

The Regional Development Council is also the agency conducting the autonomy information, education and communication campaign all over the Cordillera.

In the 2010 State of the Region Address, Ngalob said there is no real development in the region without autonomy.

During the en banc meeting, the group also decided to start as early as Sept. 3 to draft the third organic act which will embody the autonomy desires of the region.

Should the organic act be passed by Congress, a plebiscite to decide its fate will follow.