Tuesday, April 21, 2015
CDA'S RAVANERA: CO-OPS AS SOLUTION
PUTTING PEOPLE IN CENTER
OF DEVELOPMENT PROCESS:
COOPERATIVISM, AS SOLUTION
TO POVERTY, CONFLICT, ETC.
Putting the people in the center of the development processes, through cooperativism, provides a solution to the possible, feared socio-economic breakedown that could be triggered by deteriorating and dehumanizing poverty.
This, in a gist is what I make out of the message of newly-installed Chairman of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), HON. ORLANDO R. RAVANERA, in his power point presentation and talk delivered during the Cooperative Financial Cluster Summit, held last April 17-18, 2015 at Tagaytay City.
He cited that poverty stems from the powerlessness of the people for lack of their access to resources; lack of capability; and lack of opportunities.
He pointed out that the marginalization of people and resources, in turn, contributes to the degradation of values and of the ecosystem.
These, also aggravate social injustice and gross inequalities; promote gross social disparity, apathy, including conflict and violence, according to him.
Ravanera sees cooperativism as a breakthrough solution and a transformative leading edge, with cooperativism serving as a tool for empowerment of the people.
Once empowered, people can develop their full human potential, by harnessing their collective energies; and by gaining access and control over resources, he explained.
Aside from providing empowerment, cooperatives serve as effective vehicle for peace and development, by helping uproot the causes of conflict brought about by social exclusion, and gross inequity.
The transformative potential of cooperativism lies in its promise to usher in a sustainable future, one characterized by ecologically-sustainable, and socially equitable development.
This will foster social justice and equity; meaningful people's participation; meeting the Millenium Development Goals; while institutionalizing the sustainable development principles, Ravanera enunciated.
Ultimate, cooperativism, will lead to peace, stability and sustainability, as well as accelerate democratization of wealth and power, he said.
In line with these, Ravanera also announced that CDA, in coordination with the cooperative sector, will pursue a number of strategies.
On regulation, CDA plans to strengthen governance and enhance cooperative regulatory framework; and implement efficient registration of cooperatives.
On market development and trade promotion, CDA will support the development of globally-competitive products from agriculture and fishery cooperatives.
It will also promote the establishment of market linkages and promotion in both domestic and international trade.
On capability building, CDA will strive to strengthen the relationship of government agencies, government owned and controlled corporations; academe; and private institutions.
For this, CDA will utilize the cooperative councils mechanism fro partnership-building and mainstreaming cooperative policies.
CDA will also implement capacity building and institutional development for cooperatives particularly for the micro and small cooperatives, Ravanera added.
The Cooperative Finance Cluster Summit reportedly was attended by a total of 686 participants from 215 cooperatives. This was conducted by the CDA, with the Philippine Cooperative Center, as lead partner. (END).