Tuesday, November 29, 2016

6TH ASEAN CO-OP BUSINESS FORUM





Gov’t, FOs, CSOs and agri-agencies come together for 6th ASEAN Cooperative Business Forum

15192636_10154570907921421_7895573883762589900_nThe ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) reflects ASEAN’s vision for an inclusive growth. Along this effort, ASEAN commits to “promote agricultural cooperatives as a means to empower and enhance market of agricultural products, to build a network mechanism linking agricultural cooperatives, and to fulfill the purpose of agricultural cooperatives for the benefit of farmers in the region”.
In recognition of the valuable role of cooperatives particularly of the agricultural cooperatives, the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) of the Republic of the Philippines, in cooperation with the ASEAN Center for Agricultural Cooperative (ACEDAC) and the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Agricultural Cooperative (ASWGAC) and in partnership with ASEAN Farmers’ Organization Support Program (AFOSP) implemented by Asian Farmers’ Organization for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and La Via Campesina (LVC), together with other regional CSOs and agri-agencies (AsiaDHRRA, CSA and WeEFFECT) and local/national Cooperative partners will host the 6th ASEAN Cooperative Business Forum (ACBF) on November 29 to 30 in Manila, Philippines to provide opportunity for learning exchange and cooperation towards enhancing ASEAN Economic Collaboration through Cooperatives.
The 6th ACBF will bring together various government agencies working on Cooperative Development, Co-op and farmer leaders, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Development partners and other stakeholders to discuss key challenges as well as opportunities for regional cooperation among Cooperatives towards an inclusive regional integration process within the context of ASEAN Economic Community framework. ACBF also hopes to showcase agricultural products and services through a Co-op Trade Fair Exhibit.

2016 CDA CO-OP AWARDEES






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A majestic 6-tiered chandelier gave a soft, warm glow to the two grand staircases and luxuriously carpeted lobby which greeted the more than 200 guests during the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Gawad Parangal 2016 Awarding Ceremony held at Makati Shangri-la last October 26, 2016.
As guests entered the function area, stunningly designed walls and ceiling delighted their senses, with tables covered by floor length linens which were formally set up for fine dining. The stage was adorned with fresh flowers, well-lit and ready for the awarding ceremony.
The event started at 2:45pm with Masters of Ceremony, Atty. Monaliza Arriba-Juarez of CDA Central Office and Mr. Allain Gallero of MIA Transport Service Cooperative leading the program. A presentation by the Sacred Heart Savings and Credit Cooperative from IIocos Sur was given to liven up the occasion, after which the Invocation was led by Atty. Ma. Lourdes P. Pacao of CDA Region 5 Extension Office.
Welcome Remarks was given by CDA Executive Director Ray R. Elevazo. He thanked everyone for supporting all CDA programs, particularly the Gawad Parangal as this is one of several programs of CDA that has been institutionalized and gives honour to the agency, the cooperative sector and partners for cooperative development. He stressed on the importance of maintaining good relations among the sectors involved for a strong partnership.
Chairman Orlando R. Ravanera gave his Opening Remarks and he emphasized that the cooperative sector be the catalyst of change to attain poverty eradication and social transformation. He said that:
“The path toward building a society that is based on social justice, equity and sustainable development is not an easy one. We need leaders who will show us the path and inspire us as well. These leaders should be innovative enough to cope up with the changing times.
“For a society to continuously have such a highly stratified economic set-up, rectifying social wrongs has been the battle-cry to advance social justice, equity and a kind of development that puts the people at the center of progress. In a highly skewed societal set-up, there is that imperative need to launch a collectivist counter culture against the lethal combination of powerlessness, apathy and greed. The people’s collective struggle emanating from the strength of the human spirit will bring forth, in the long term, a society that is more humane and just.
“The cooperatives are now exemplifying an alternative development model where money is used to enhance life and the well-being of the people and NOT to make more money. Yes, we must now debunk the present development paradigm that is based on profit and greed that propels materialism and consumerism to greater heights at the expense of the environment.”
Dir. Cirio Pastolero, a representative from the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, in lieu of Undersecretary Halmen Valdez made a speech on the importance of cooperatives to the community and its development. He said that the Office of the President is fully supportive of the CDA, the cooperative sector and its partners and encourages the participation in all programs and plans of their office and its leaders for the cooperative sector, and likewise, he is also asking for support to the agenda of the current administration.
Director Pastolero enumerated some of the accomplishments of the Office of the President, in terms of cooperative development and related programs. He assured that cooperatives and its achievements throughout the years are being noticed by the government and congratulated all the nominees and winners of the CDA Gawad Parangal 2016.
Usec. Evelyn G. Laviña, Undersecretary for Agribusiness and High Value Crops of the Department of Agriculture (DA) also shared solidarity message where she conveyed her support to the CDA and to the cooperative development programs it implements. DA is one of the active partners of CDA in cooperative development.
The CDA gave special thanks to the government agencies and people’s organization for supporting the CDA Gawad Parangal 2016, and they are Chairman, Senate Committee on Cooperatives; Chairman, House Committee on Cooperatives; Department of Agriculture; Department of Trade and Industry; Landbank of the Philippines; Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges; and Villar Sipag Foundation.
After speeches were made, the program proceeded to recognizing pioneers and partners in cooperative development and national nominees and winners of the Gawad Parangal per Category.
Among the pioneers in cooperative development recognized by the CDA are Ms, Gerarda Teves of PHCCI, Dumaguete City, for being the Oldest Cooperative Leader and the College Consumers Cooperative in the University of the Philippines, Los Banos for being the Oldest Cooperative in the Philippines as it exists for 100 years now.
For the Gawad Parangal, the recipients of the National Awards are as follows:
BEST PERFORMING COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS
REGIONAL LEVEL
  • SOUTHERN TAGALOG REGIONAL COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
    Calamba City, Laguna
PROVINCIAL
  • 1st Placer ISABELA PROVINCIAL COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
    City of Ilagan, Isabela
  • 2nd Placer CAVITE PROVINCIAL COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
    Trece Martires City, Cavite
  • 3rd Placer BATAAN PROVINCIAL COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
    City of Balanga, Bataan
MUNICIPAL/CITY LEVEL
  • 1st Placer CAUAYAN CITY COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
    Cauayan City, Isabela
  • 2nd Placer CALAMBA CITY COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
    Calamba City, Laguna
    3rd Placer VALENZUELA COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
    Valenzuela City
BEST PERFORMING LGU-COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT OFFICES
PROVINCIAL LEVEL
  • 1st Placer PROVINCIAL COOPERATIVE AND ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
    PROVINCE OF BULACAN
    Malolos City, Bulacan
  • 2nd Placer PROVINCIAL COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
    PROVINCE OF ISABELA
    City of Ilagan, Isabela
  • 3rd Placer PROVINCIAL COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
    PROVINCE OF DINAGAT ISLANDS
    San Jose, Dinagat Islands
INDEPENDENT COMPONENT CITY
  1. 1st Placer TACLOBAN CITY COOPERATIVES AND LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE OFFICE
    Tacloban City, Leyte
  2. 2nd Placer MANDAUE CITY COOPERATIVES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
    Mandaue City, Cebu
  3. 3rd Placer VALENZUELA COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
    Valenzuela City, Metro Manila
MUNICIPAL/COMPONENT CITY
  • 1st Placer COOPERATIVES AND LIVELIHOOD DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
    Calamba City, Laguna
  • 2nd Placer CAUAYAN CITY COOPERATIVE OFFICE
    Cauayan City, Isabela
  • 3rd Placer CATBALOGAN CITY COOPERATIVE OFFICE
    Catbalogan City, Samar
BEST PERFORMING COOPERATIVE UNIONS
  • Cooperative Union of Taguig and Pateros
    Taguig City
BEST PERFORMING COOPERATIVE FEDERATION
NATIONAL LEVEL
  • NUEVA SEGOVIA CONSORTIUM OF COOPERATIVES
    Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
REGIONAL LEVEL 
  • CENTRAL LUZON REGION LEAGUE OF THE PHIL. FEDERATION OF CREDIT COOPS
    Malolos City, Bulacan
MOST OUTSTANDING COOPERATIVE LEADERS
  • NOLAN G. BELARO
  • RODRIGO M. CAMIA
  • EDILBERTO B. LANTACA, JR.
MOST OUTSTANDING PRIMARY COOPERATIVE
MICRO
  • GOOD CARE MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE
    Baguio City
SMALL
  • 1st Placer MALALIM MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE
    Batangas City
  • 2nd Placer PATEROS PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE
    Pateros, Metro Manila
  • 3rd Placer CORTES MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE
    Basilisa, Dinagat Islands
MEDIUM
  • 1st Placer WATCHLIFE WORKERS MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE
    Mariveles, Bataan
  • 2nd Placer NONESCOST MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE - VISAYAS
    Sagay City, Negros Occidental
  • 3rd Placer BAGONG BARIO MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE
    Pandi, Bulacan
LARGE
  • 1st Placer LAMAC MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE
    Pinamungajan, Cebu
  • 2nd Placer ACDI MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE
    Taguig City
  • 3rd Placer SAN JOSE DEL MONTE SAVINGS & CREDIT COOPERATIVE
    City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan
The CDA also awarded cooperatives who went the extra mile in terms of developmental services to their members and the community at large, to wit:

SPECIAL CITATIONS
Remarkable Cooperative Solidarity and Partnership Program
  • IWAHORI MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE
    Mariveles, Bataan
Exemplary Environmental Protection and Conservation Program
  • BAGNOS MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE
    Banna, Ilocos Norte
Outstanding Community Involvement and Development Program
  • LAMAC MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE
    Pinamungajan, Cebu
Excellence in Membership Growth and Expansion Program
  • ACDI MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE
    Taguig City, Metro Manila
Excellence in Providing Financial Products and Services To Members
  • BARBAZA MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE
    Barbaza, Antique
Local Government Unit Cooperative Development Champion
  • GOV. FAUSTINO G. DY III
    Province of Isabela
For this year, there were also cooperatives that were recognized as Hall of Famer in their specific category:
HALL OF FAME AWARDS
  • Provincial Cooperative Development Office, Province of Batangas
    A 3-time 1st Placer Best Performing Provincial Cooperative Development Office
  • Watchlife Workers Multipurpose Cooperative
    A 3-time 1st Placer Most Outstanding Cooperative - Medium Scale Category
Two (2) CDA Extension Offices were given Plaques of Recognition for having the most number of nominees which qualified and were given national awards. These are the CDA Calamba Extension Office and CDA Pampanga Extension Office.
Shouts of joy, exchange of congratulations, pats on shoulders, loud applause from the audience, lively performance from the Sacred Heart Savings and Credit Cooperative of Ilocos Sur, it was indeed a triumphant afternoon not only for the cooperative sector and partners, but as well as for the CDA as this year’s search for the best was concluded.
It was well attended too, as we were graced with the presence of DA Usec. Evelyn Laviña, Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado and Vice-Governor Daniel Fernando of the Bulacan Province; Governor Faustino Dy, Jr. of Isabela Province; Acting Governor Rowena Africa of Batangas City; Cauayan City Mayor Bernard Faustino Dy; Vice-Governor Benglen Ecleo of the Dinagat Islands; Mayor Jimmy Chipeco of Calamba City; Mariveles City Mayor Ace Jello Concepcion and Catbalogan City Mayor Stephanie Uy-Tan.
To cap off the afternoon, Administrator Paisal I. Cali gave his Closing Remarks by thanking everyone who were present and congratulated the nominees and winners of the CDA Gawad Parangal 2016. Adm. Cali stated that he hopes the cooperative sector and cooperative development partners will not tire in joining the award-giving body of CDA in years to come and for the continual support of the government agencies and people’s organization to this program. (C. B. Marders)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CIC: NO SOFTWARE FOR CO-OPS/LENDERS





IMPORTANT CIC ADVISORY


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

MAKATI CITES CO-OPS





Outstanding cooperatives in Makati recognized





THE local government unit of Makati has recognized outstanding cooperatives in the city for gaining significant growth in membership size and total assets, and for showing remarkable concern for the community in 2015.



Mayor Abby Binay led the awarding ceremony, dubbed “Koopbida Awards Night Season 5,” held recently at the City Garden Grand Hotel.
The event was organized by the Makati Cooperative Development Office and Makati Cooperative Development Council.



“Makati salutes the exemplary cooperatives in our city for spurring economic growth and promoting social inclusion. You have proven that with proper management, cooperatives can become vehicles of sustainable and inclusive development,” Binay said.



She said the city government recognizes the great potential of cooperatives in empowering people, especially the marginalized and disadvantaged, to become self-reliant and productive members of society.



Among those feted for significant growth in total assets were first-placers PLDT Employees Credit Cooperative or PECCI (billionaire coop), Philippine Navy Finance Center Credit Cooperative (large coop), DBP Cooperative Credit Union (medium coop), Home Mortgage Multi-Purpose Cooperative (small coop), and GPDPNHS Employees and Family Multi-Purpose Cooperative (micro coop).
In terms of growth in membership size, the topnotch awardees were Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative (billionaire coop), Makati City Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative or Macemco (large coop), BOI Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative (medium), Manila Polo Club Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative (small), and Progressive Teachers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (micro).
Another major highlight of the event was the launching of the Makati CDO Big Brother Program, which seeks to encourage big cooperatives to support the micro and small coops in the city through various forms of assistance, including training programs and scholarships.



“I would like to commend the MCDO, MCDC and our big-hearted successful cooperatives for having come up with this innovative program – the Makati CDO Big Brother Program whose main purpose is truly noble,” Binay said.



The mayor also exhorted the smaller cooperatives to draw inspiration from their “big brothers” in the sector.



“I hope that cooperatives in the micro, small and medium categories will always look to the bigger cooperatives for inspiration in setting their goals. To be able to grow your business, you must always strive to be competitive, be willing to go beyond your comfort zones,” Binay said.



She noted that through the MCDO, the city government has been able to track the progress of cooperatives of every size – from the micro up to the billionaire category. To date, the city has a total of 142 active cooperatives, including three in the billionaire category. It has 67 large and medium coops, 70 small and micro coops, one union and one federation.



Based on 2015 total assets, the other awardees in the billionaire category were PLDT Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative, 2nd place, and Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative, 3rd place.
For large coops, Smart Communications Employees’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative and MACEMCO placed second and third, respectively.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

CO-OPS BAG 2016 GAWAD PITAK AWARDS





2 Cebu coops bag top awards in LANDBANK’s Gawad PITAK 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
(Photo on the left) LAMAC Multi-purpose Cooperative Chairperson Delfin Tuquib (3rd from left) and General Manager Ma. Elena Limocon (2nd from left) receive their Gawad PITAK Platinum Award from Finance Secretary and LANDBANK Chairman Carlos Dominguez and LANDBANK Officer-in-Charge/Executive Vice President Cecilia Borromeo. 
(Photo on the right) Cebu CFI Community Cooperative Chairman Pablo Garcia (2nd from right) and CEO and General Manager Ophelia Morales (rightmost) receive their Gawad PITAK Platinum Award (non agri-based category) from Finance Secretary and LANDBANK Chairman Carlos Dominguez and LANDBANK Officer-in-Charge/Executive Vice President Cecilia Borromeo.
Two cooperatives from Cebu clinched the top awards in this year’s Gawad sa Pinakatanging Kooperatiba (Gawad PITAK) conferred by LANDBANK during recent ceremonies to celebrate the Bank’s 53rd anniversary.
The Lamac Multi-purpose Cooperative and the Cebu CFI Community Cooperative won the Gawad PITAK Platinum awards in the agri- and non agri-based categories respectively. This award is given every three years to cooperatives regarded as influential leaders in the cooperative industry for implementing major programs that benefit their communities. The winners each received P1.5 million worth of fixed assets.
Now on its 26th year, the Gawad PITAK is LANDBANK’s pioneering program that recognizes outstanding cooperatives that serve as effective conduits in providing financial and technical support to the economic endeavors of their members and the communities at large.
Finance Secretary and LANDBANK Chairman Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez led the conferment of the awards.
“We at LANDBANK are proud to be part of the inspiring narratives of our partner cooperatives in making a difference in their communities. Through the years, these cooperatives proved to be vital players in the development of their respective communities through their services and jobs generated that boost not only their local economies but also contribute to the national development,” says Cecilia C. Borromeo, officer-in-charge of LANDBANK.
Stories of growth and success
The Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LMPC) was established in 1992 by a group of farmers to address their dire situation in Pinamungajan, Cebu that was literally in the dark with the absence of electricity, concrete roads or clean drinking water.
Through concerted effort, they provided financial support for their members to engage in micro businesses, and undertook projects like electrification that benefitted their community.
From a small co-op, LMPC is now a multi-awarded cooperative that is spurring the economic growth of the community through various businesses such lending, production and distribution of consumer products, management of a beach resort, among others. Its operation expanded to cover other areas not only in Cebu but in the whole of Visayas.
The Cebu CFI Community Cooperative is another key development player in Cebu, contributing to the local economy through its offering of products and services to members, generating employment and undertaking major social projects. From 29 pioneering members in 1970, the co-op is now 94,000 strong and operates in 277 cities and municipalities across the country.
Its businesses include lending and leasing; health services with fully equipped laboratories; management of the Lyceum of Cebu, coop assurance center that offers life and non-life insurances; grocery and canteen services located at the coop’s main office.
Other winners
Other cooperatives in this year’s roster of winners are Diffun Saranay and Development Cooperative of Diffun, Quirino and Iwahori Multi-purpose Cooperative of Mariveles Bataan, which won the Ginintuang Gawad PITAK – the highest award given annually – in the agri-based and non agri-based categories, respectively, each winning P1 million worth of fixed assets.
The Nagkakaisang Magsasaka Agricultural Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Talavera, Nueva Ecija, meanwhile, was conferred the Hall of Fame award, with P100,000 worth of fixed assets.
Consistently in the top five in the previous runs of Gawad PITAK, the Buenavista Development Cooperative of Buenavista, Guimaras was hailed the Most Outstanding Cooperative in the agri-based category this year, winning P500,000 worth of fixed assets.
Sacred Heart Savings Cooperative of Galimuyod, Ilocos Sur, on the other hand, was named Most Outstanding Cooperative in the non agri-based category, taking home P300,000.00 worth of fixed assets.
Outstanding farmer- and fisher-members of LANDBANK-assisted cooperatives were also recognized in this year’s Gawad PITAK, naming Danny Rey Antenor of Surallah, South Cotabato as Ulirang Magsasaka and Romedel Duco as Ulirang Mangingisda, each winning P100,000 worth of fixed assets. 

PH MSMEs GO GLOBAL





DTI pushes for globalization of PH MSMEs

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (MSMEDC) and in cooperation with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) – Go Negosyo, will hold the National MSME Summit on November 10-11, 2016 at the SMX Davao Convention Center, Lanang, Davao City.

The Summit aims to discuss topics on promoting creativity and innovation, inclusive financing, enhancing productivity and efficiency, and entrepreneurial ecosystem for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Thus, the result will help MSMEs develop and expand their knowledge and capabilities to improve locally and have a positive global mindset.

“We view the Summit as an opportunity to discuss gaps, challenges, and opportunities in developing and improving the participation of MSMEs in the local and global markets. We also look at it as an avenue to come up with new strategies and identifying policy recommendations that will help the local enterprises move up the value chain,” DTI - Regional Operations Group Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said.

The country’s MSMEs, which make up 99.6% of the Philippine enterprises, have the potential to create productive employment and promote economic growth as they become part of the global supply chain.

“By participating and engaging MSMEs to various MSME development initiatives of the government, DTI aims to empower them to become more competitive and innovative to foster their participation in the global markets,” Maglaya said.

The Summit will be a culminating activity of the various MSME activities and regional and provincial consultations conducted across the country. It will also be a venue for showcasing recent policy directions, programs as well as emerging technologies, business models and opportunities for entrepreneurs. A new framework for MSME development is envisioned to be finalized as a concrete outcome of the Summit, which shall outline the elements of the Philippine MSME Development Plan 2017-2022.

Monday, November 7, 2016





Stakeholders push for strengthening of cooperatives in Camarines Norte

  • November 04, 2016
  • Rosalita B. Manlangit
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DAET, Camarines Norte, Nov. 4 (PIA) – Stakeholders pushed for the strengthening of cooperatives in the province during the “Talakayan sa PIA” of the Camarines Norte Information Center held recently here.


Erlinda N. Valera, provincial cooperative development specialist of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), said that out of 136 registered cooperatives there are 86 or 63% operating, 21 for reactivation while 29 for dissolution.


She said that they have development programs for cooperatives like capability building project for micro cooperatives, capability building program or orientation on CDA rules and regulations and program for the strengthening of federation and unions.


The CDA also regulates cooperatives through monitoring and collection of mandatory reports for the issuance of certificate of compliance.


Valera said that the they also conducted CDA School on Wheels every year since and CDA Gawad Parangal or Search for Outstanding Coops, Coop Leaders, Cooperative Development Councils, Cooperative Development Officers and local government unit partners.


Henry A. Orbita, account assistant of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and member of the Provincial Cooperative Development Council (PCDC), on the other hand urged media to help promoting cooperative movement in the province.


He said that the LBP has a loan target this year of P150 million for cooperatives in the province wherein only P80 M were availed by coops.


Orbita said that LBP is the only bank that provides financial support to cooperatives especially farmers with low interest of 4% per annum.


He said that there are more than 60,000 individuals who are members of cooperatives while there are 90,000 members of Camarines Norte Electric Cooperative (CANORECO), if will be registered as coop there will be an increase in the membership in the province.


PCDC coordinator Lorna G. Bernal and agriculturist of the Officer of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) said that they have conducted activities for the cooperative month celebration this October like hanging of streamers; fun walk and clean-up drive; Search for Outstanding Coops, Best Municipal Cooperative Officer and Municipal Cooperative Development Council; tree planting and culminating activities like mass, parade, awarding and recognition.


MCDC of seven towns also conducted their activities for the celebration with this year’s theme “Cooperative: The Catalyst of Change through Poverty Eradication and Social Transformation”.


Meanwhile Lorna F. Dasco, CEO of the Camarines Norte Federation of Cooperatives said that the federation was organized in November 2013 wherein they have started with 37 cooperatives, and now with 52 members comprised of 53,000 individuals.


She said that the federation is accredited to provide training to cooperatives, aside from this they also provide minimal amount for lending, assist the coops in doing compliance report and conducts monitoring.


On the other hand, Anthony Galvan, cooperative development specialist said that the CDA has partner agencies in promoting and assisting coops like LBP, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and National Food Authority (NFA).


He also urged media to help in educating the public on the benefits of being a member of a cooperative. (MAL/RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)

 

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/871478161345/stakeholders-push-for-strengthening-of-cooperatives-in-camarines-norte#sthash.HvzKeTxJ.dpuf

Stakeholders push for strengthening of cooperatives in Camarines Norte

  • November 04, 2016
  • Rosalita B. Manlangit
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DAET, Camarines Norte, Nov. 4 (PIA) – Stakeholders pushed for the strengthening of cooperatives in the province during the “Talakayan sa PIA” of the Camarines Norte Information Center held recently here.


Erlinda N. Valera, provincial cooperative development specialist of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), said that out of 136 registered cooperatives there are 86 or 63% operating, 21 for reactivation while 29 for dissolution.


She said that they have development programs for cooperatives like capability building project for micro cooperatives, capability building program or orientation on CDA rules and regulations and program for the strengthening of federation and unions.


The CDA also regulates cooperatives through monitoring and collection of mandatory reports for the issuance of certificate of compliance.


Valera said that the they also conducted CDA School on Wheels every year since and CDA Gawad Parangal or Search for Outstanding Coops, Coop Leaders, Cooperative Development Councils, Cooperative Development Officers and local government unit partners.


Henry A. Orbita, account assistant of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and member of the Provincial Cooperative Development Council (PCDC), on the other hand urged media to help promoting cooperative movement in the province.


He said that the LBP has a loan target this year of P150 million for cooperatives in the province wherein only P80 M were availed by coops.


Orbita said that LBP is the only bank that provides financial support to cooperatives especially farmers with low interest of 4% per annum.


He said that there are more than 60,000 individuals who are members of cooperatives while there are 90,000 members of Camarines Norte Electric Cooperative (CANORECO), if will be registered as coop there will be an increase in the membership in the province.


PCDC coordinator Lorna G. Bernal and agriculturist of the Officer of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) said that they have conducted activities for the cooperative month celebration this October like hanging of streamers; fun walk and clean-up drive; Search for Outstanding Coops, Best Municipal Cooperative Officer and Municipal Cooperative Development Council; tree planting and culminating activities like mass, parade, awarding and recognition.


MCDC of seven towns also conducted their activities for the celebration with this year’s theme “Cooperative: The Catalyst of Change through Poverty Eradication and Social Transformation”.


Meanwhile Lorna F. Dasco, CEO of the Camarines Norte Federation of Cooperatives said that the federation was organized in November 2013 wherein they have started with 37 cooperatives, and now with 52 members comprised of 53,000 individuals.


She said that the federation is accredited to provide training to cooperatives, aside from this they also provide minimal amount for lending, assist the coops in doing compliance report and conducts monitoring.


On the other hand, Anthony Galvan, cooperative development specialist said that the CDA has partner agencies in promoting and assisting coops like LBP, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and National Food Authority (NFA).


He also urged media to help in educating the public on the benefits of being a member of a cooperative. (MAL/RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)

 

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/871478161345/stakeholders-push-for-strengthening-of-cooperatives-in-camarines-norte#sthash.HvzKeTxJ.dpuf
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