Tuesday, May 21, 2013
CO-OPS CAN'T ELECT A SENATOR; CO-OP VOTE FIZZLES
Leaders of the cooperative movement in the Philippines who said that members of cooperatives are numerous enough to elect a senator, if only they will vote as one, were proven wrong by the results of the recent elections.
For one, there were only some 11,622,477 estimated number of cooperatives' members, according to the statistics of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).
On the other hand, the 12th senator proclaimed winner (reelectionist Sen. Gregorio Honasan) got total votes of 13,070,031; while the 13th-placer, former Sen. Dick Gordon got 12,364,091 votes.
NO COOPERATIVE VOTE
Moreover, it seems that the wish that members of the country's 23,000++ cooperatives would vote for candidates who champion the cooperative movement, remains just that - a wish.
For example, the well-known party list groups advocating for cooperative causes, for example, got only a miniscule portion of the total number of cooperatives' members. Before the Commission on Elections resumed tallying the votes of party list groups on May 20, 2013, leading cooperative party list group Coop Natcco garnered only 507,38l votes.
LOW TURN-OUT FOR
CO-OP PARTY LISTS
This is equivalent to only 2.25% of the 31,570,441 who actually voted for party list groups; and only 4.36% of total number of cooperative members of 11,622,477. Ating Koop got less with 209,789, which was equivalent to 0.93% of those who voted party list groups; and a measly 1.8% of the total members of cooperatives.
It was reported that Coop Natcco's votes will make it eligible for two (2) seats, while Ating Koop will have one (1) seat, this is not many considering that number of cooperatives' members who did not vote for cooperative party list groups.
WHAT ARE SOME
What could be the reasons? Could the earlier notion of "political neutrality" stance of many cooperative leaders still holds its sway? If many co-op leaders have started appreciating that need to vote for their cooperative party lists, it seems that the same level of appreciation has not seeped down to the general membership.
Much worse, the cooperative party list groups might have failed to reach out to the cooperatives' members, and to the general voting populace, and prove that they are worth voting for. So, which could be the real reasons?
Your comments are welcome. (END).