Tuesday, November 4, 2014


"..We need to continuously promote cooperativism to contribute not only to the economic upliftment of members, but also to strengthen our own ranks.."

Thus, said COOP-NATCCO Party List Rep. Anthony Bravo, as he exhorted leaders of the cooperative movement during the recent celebration of Congress Co-op Week, last October 27-30, 2014 highlighted by privilege speeches by cooperative party list group representatives; photo and product exhibits at the North Wing Lobby of the House of Representatives.


(Following is Rep. Bravo's solidarity message he delivered during the event):

"...Good Morning to All!

I am happy that the Committee on Cooperatives took the initiative to hold the Cooperative Month Celebration here in Congress, in cooperation with the coop-based party lists COOP-NATCCO, AGAP, BUTIL and 1-CARE.

I learned that it will be a week-long celebration and several activities are slated, including the showcase of cooperative products and services, photo exhibits, symposium on workers cooperative, and micro-entrepreneurial training.


Congratulations to the organizers as well as to exhibitors.  This is one way of increasing public awareness about our cooperatives and their significant role in national development.

I am likewise glad that people from the Cooperative Development Authority and cooperators from various cooperatives are here participating in our activities. Thank you, for collaborating with us, thereby making this Coop Month celebration in the House of Representatives meaningful.

The showcase of coop products and services definitely shows the ordinary people's ingenuity and the beauty of social entrepreneurship.


Sinasabi ng tema natin na: Kongreso, Kaagapay ng Kooperatiba sa Pag-asenso".  Totoong kaagapay ang Kongreso sa pag-unlad ng ating kooperatiba sa pamamagitan ng ating mga ipinanukalang batas at polisiya.

Kaya isang magandang statement o propaganda itong ating aktibidad para mas mahikayat ang kapwa natin kongresista na suportahan ang ating mga panukalang mga batas at polisiya sa pagpapalakas ng sektor ng kooperatiba.

I was in the Coop Summit in Cebu last week and I saw the strong force of the cooperative movement.  The 4,000++ participants are just representatives of more than 12-million cooperators of over 23,000 cooperatives across the country.


Co-ops, indeed, represent a strong, vibrant and viable economic alternative that plays a significant role in the emancipation of Filipinos from poverty.  I personally believe that cooperatives help the government a lot in achieving its inclusive growth and sustainable development goals.

In the advent of Asean Economic Integration we will again see the relevance of the cooperative business model of business.  In fact, in a briefing session by the Committee for Asean Economic Community, known economist Cielito Habito, in his presentation discussed how the Philippines will fit in in the era of economic integration.


He highly suggests that SMEs must gear up and change their ways.  And one striking proposition he introduced is to shun the "kanya-kanya" attitude.  And instead, to embrace clustering and cooperation; and the cooperative model is the key to making this happen.

The cooperative model of business is indeed unique and we need to continuously promote cooperativism to contribute not only to the economic upliftment of members but also to strengthen our own ranks by elevating the participation within membership and governance of our cooperatives to higher level; make our social enterprises sustainable; build our cooperative identity; secure reliable co-op capital; and to ensure supportive legal frameworks for cooperative growth.

Let us work together towards the realization of these goals. Again, I commend the Committee on Cooperative Development, chaired by my partner, Cong. Cris (Cresente C. Paez) for spearheading this public awareness campaign on cooperatives.  Thank you..."



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