Tuesday, December 8, 2015
STATE OF CO-OP TRAINING
Of the 204 Accredited Training Providers (ATPs) enlisted by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), only some 142, reportedly remained with valid accreditations, or an equivalent of 69.61%.
This is the summary overview of the status of ATPs, as reported by the CDA during the 2nd National Forum of Accredited Cooperative Training Providers, held last Dec. 8, 2015 at La Breza Hotel, Quezon City.
Among the findings by CDA, is that some ATPs are reportedly allowing other institutions/persons to use their accreditation, for a fee.
Trainors/lecturers, according to the report, conduct training merely for compliance, and are not after quality of training.
Other findings reported: Some ATPs are not utilizing their pool of trainors, and requests CDA staffers to conduct lectures, even if the topic is not on rules/regulations; training fees are generally high; and many ATPs are not submitting required reports to CDA.
I guess it is not only the ATPs who are subject of "issues and concerns", as far as attendance to compliance training for cooperative officers is concerned. I know of well-off cooperatives who give hefty incentives/allowances to their officers who attend these trainings.
Personally, I know of a credit cooperative which gives an allowance of P800 per day to a co-op officer per day of training. This is net of other incidental expenses, like transportation, training fees, etc.
As to ATPs not complying with their reportorial requirements to CDA, this we can easily glean from the schedule of training posted in the CDA website. The schedules posted were those already conducted, which defeats the purpose of their publication.
It is hoped that with the recent issuance by CDA of the new accreditation rules for ATPs, these issues could be better addressed.