Sunday, May 31, 2015


If you ask me, that is my advice to all cooperative officers.  If you have taken at least 16 hours of training this year and you do not belong to a financial service cooperative, stop now.

That is the minimum training required by the Cooperative Development Authority under the Amended Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 9520, the Cooperative Code of 2008.

The amended IRR were promulgated by CDA, and by the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Cooperatives last March 18, 2015.  CDA officials say that they are still doing an "awareness campaign" and roadshow on this before the IRR are finally published in the Official Gazette, or in newspaper of wide circulation.

Two consultative meetings on the IRR had been done, first in Davao City, and recently last May 30, 2015 in Baguio City.  On June 5, 2015, a similar meeting/consultation is scheduled in Cagayan de Oro City.  That might be the last?

So, by late June, or early July, 2015, I am optimistic and feeling sure that the publication of the IRR would have been done.

If taking more mandatory courses, on top of the 16 hours that you might have finished by now, would cost your cooperative some burdensome expenses, then stop.

And wait for the publication and implementation of the "game-changing" rules.  But if training costs and time are not a matter of concern for you and your cooperative, then, by all means, train, train, train.



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