Monday, March 7, 2016


    It is going to be a full day on March 10, 2016 for officers and stakeholder of the local cooperative movement, as the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), and the Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC) separately celebrate their common anniversary day, with their own activities.

    Starting 9:00 a.m., CDA said it will launch its "Kooperatibalitaan" on March 10, a quarterly cooperative forum, at its Main Office at Cubao, Quezon City, supposedly a 9 a.m.-11: a.m. affair.   CDA had also listed the dates and tentative topics for the succeeding quarterly forums.

    The topics lined up are: 1) CDA Road Map; 2) Credit Surety Fund Cooperative Law; 3) National Strategy for Financial Inclusion (NSFI); and 4) Journey of CDA for 26 years.  This is a full load of topics.  The event should start on time. There is an open forum which could drag the time beyond the 2-hour schedule.  CDA is one of the 13 government agencies involved in the NSFI, led by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

    For cooperators who wish to move over to the Philippine Cooperative Center (#90 Kristong Hari, Balite Drive Extension and E. Rodriguez, Sr. Avenue, Q.C.) after the CDA forum, the "Kapihan sa PCC", is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.  This coincides with the celebration of PCC's 19th anniversary.

    Originally, the invite says the main guest/speaker would be Jaime Garchitorena, president of the Credit Information Corporation (CIC), who will talk on updates on the implementation of the Credit Information System Act (CISA).

    Later, the invite was revised and will have instead as CIC speaker, Dr. Angela Ylagan, CIC consultant.  Apparently, Mr. Garchitorena will be in Cebu on the same day (March 10), for the Visayas leg of the CIC roadshow on CISA. This was first launched in Clark, Pampanga recently.

    Was there a miscommunication here?  PCC is one of the major stakeholders of CIC, and the PCC chairperson sits in the Board of CIC.  Well....  Anyway, the other topic is also CIC-related: the experiences of Taloy Norte Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative; and of LIPIEMCO, the first medium, and large cooperatives, respectively, who were the first cooperatives to comply with CIC credit data reporting, etc.  Another topic is Electric Cooperative Registration with the CDA.

    Both activities were said to be free, but would need prior confirmation of attendance, according to the notices.  

    As I said, these will require a full day to attend both activities.  Surely, these are meaningful celebrations of CDA's and PCC's 26th, and 19th anniversary, respectively.  Congratulations !!!  (END).


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