Thursday, December 10, 2015


Dominating the "2015 Villar SIPAG Awards on Poverty Reduction", 18 cooperatives won the lion share of the 20 Most Outstanding Community Enterprises on Poverty Reduction.

The SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) Awards, now on its 3rd year, aims to contribute to reducing income poverty by recognizing and promoting Philippine Innovations at the community level, which created jobs and increased household income, especially for the vulnerable sector. 

It targets community and social enterprises owned and managed by local residents, the Villar SIPAG website stated.

Winners for the National Capital Region are:  Agri-Aqua Network International, Antipolo City; and Simbayanan ni Maria Multi-purpose Cooperative, Taguig City.

Awardees from the rest of Luzon are:  Abra Diocesan Teachers and Employees Multi-purpose Cooperative, Abra; Besao Multi-purpose Cooperative, Mountain Province; Diffun Saranay and Development Cooperative, Quirino; Duran Farm Agri-business and Training Center, Bulacan; Sacred Heart Savings Cooperative, Ilocos Sur; Tabuk Multi-purpose Cooperative, Kalinga; Tam-an Banaue Multi-purpose Cooperative, Nueva Vizcaya; and Tubao Credit Cooperative, La Union.

From the Visayas, the awardees are Barbaza Multi-purpose Cooperative, Antique; Lamac Multi-purpose Cooperative, Cebu; Metro Ormoc Community Multi-purpose Cooperative, Leyte; and Northern Samar Multi-purpose Cooperative, Northern Samar.

Winners from Mindanao are:  Baug CARP Beneficiaries Multi-purpose Cooperative, Agusan del Norte; Dumingag Organic Farmers Credit & Savings Cooperative, Zamboanga del Sur; La-ak Multi-purpose Cooperative, Compostela Valley;  Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperative, Misamis Oriental; Sta. Catalina Multi-purpose Cooperative, Cotabato; and Socorro Empowered People's Cooperative, Surigao del Norte.

Congratulations!  (END).

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