Thursday, April 17, 2014


Claiming it is their "moral and official obligation" to participate in the crafting of the amendments to the charter of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), the agency's personnel have published their "Position Paper of the CDA Personnel Nation-Wide".

Uploaded in the Facebook Fan Page of CDA Region 1, the paper claims the personnel were represented by the Executive Committee members, Regional Directors, and the CDA Employees Union.

They made known their stand on the following:

1.  Abolition of CDA's development function.

They are firm on the retention of the development function of CDA, saying that it is the very reason for the agency's existence.

The paper averred that the abolition of this function, among other things, is unconstitutional.  It also cited that under R.A. 9520, "..the Government...shall ensure the provision of technical guidance, financial assistance and other services to enable said cooperatives to develop into viable and responsive economic enterprises..."

2.  On the conduct of trainings.

They want CDA to retain this function under Section 3(b) of R.A. 6939, which is "to develop and conduct management and training programs upon the request of cooperatives..."

3.  On the abolition of CDA's rule-making power.

The rule-making power of CDA must be retained as such function is an integral part of its regulatory functions, the paper said.

4. On status of personnel on CDA reorganization.

The personnel should be automatically absorbed and not just given preference, while those who opt to be separated be given a separation pay computed at 1.5 month's salary for every year of service.

5.  On grant of CDA's quasi-judicial power.

They wish CDA to be granted this power, to resolve intra-cooperative conflicts involving election of officers and governance issues of cooperatives, among other things.

6.  On cooperatives in education system.

Their stand:  The CDA should be allowed to create a system of education, training and research for cooperatives, and be given authority to redefine the use of Cooperative Education and Training Fund (CETF) to partly finance the operation of a Cooperative College.

7.  On agricultural cooperative

They proposed for the particular definition of an agriculture cooperative, which it was claimed was not done under R.A. 9520.

These are among the positions raised in the paper purportedly signed by Dir. Orlando R. Ravanera, president of Association of Regional Directors; Dir. Ray R. Elevazo, OIC Executive Director; Dir. Giovanni T. Platero, Deputy Executive Director; and by Ms. Emerlina T. Racelis, president of CDA Employees Union.

As members of the cooperative sector, what can you say? Does the CDA Board of Administrators have an official position of their own? (END).

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