Friday, September 30, 2016


Repost from CDA

The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) in coordination with the Regional Cooperative Development Councils (RCDCs) in Mindanao spearheaded the conduct of Mindanao Cooperative Summit last September 22, 2016 held at The Grand Regal Hotel, Lanang, Davao  City.
The event is a prelude to the national celebration of the Cooperative Month on October. There is a recognized need to assess the current strengths of the cooperative sector in Mindanao in particular, and to address the sector’s issues and concerns to be able to give integrity to the role of the sector as vehicle for social justice and economic advancement of every Filipino. It is also of national importance that we all take a united approach as we embark on the present administration’s mission thereby affirming the CDA’s roadmap of a transformative cooperative for people, planet, prosperity and peace.
It was overwhelmingly attended by more than 900 cooperative leaders from different regions in Mindanao. During the opening ceremony, AIM Cooperative of Zamboanga del Sur led the Doxology and the singing of the National Anthem. The recitation of the Cooperative Pledge was led by Ms. Maria Theresa B. Dave of CDA-DEO. The Regional Director of CDA Davao, Ms. Elma R. Oguis delivered her Opening Remarks and Davao City Councilor April Marie C. Dayap, represented Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte who delivered her welcome address to the crowd of expectant and valiant leaders of the sector.
Guest speakers sent their representatives to the event: Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, was represented by Mr. Cesar Cortez, who assured the sector of his fullest support to the welfare of the cooperatives, being a staunch supporter of cooperative principles ever since. Representing the Cabinet Secretary, Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr. is Atty. Sarah Jane Grafilo, who was all ears to the plight of the different issues of the sector, thereby assuring them also of the support and immediate actions to address their respective concerns.
CDA Chairman Orlando R. Ravanera delivered the rationale of the activity and the state of the cooperative movement in Mindanao. He strongly emphasized on the sector’s impact to nation-building being a catalyst for real change. Next topic was Federalism and Cooperatives by Atty. Randolph C. Parcasio from the Office of the President.
Questions were entertained by the speakers after each presentation. To break the ice, AIM Coop performers presented song and dance numbers much to the delight of the audience.
After lunch, DTI representative Engr. Edwin Banquerigo speak on the topic, “ Cooperatives and MSMES: Complementation and Partnership”. Dr. Din A. Mabanta, CEO of HIM Cooperative spoke about “Health Services of Cooperatives”.  Taxation Issues was discussed by Mr. Sammy I. Billanes, Chairperson, National Cooperative Development Council (NCDC).  The concept of organizing 1 Mindanao Energy Cooperative was presented to the audience by Mr. Edgardo T. Silagan, Chairperson of 1MIECOOP, thereby inviting them to become members. The sad plight of DANECO was also presented by its Chairman, Engr. Albert   Omega.  Mr. Ver Hilario of the Union of Labor Service Cooperatives also made a presentation on the concerns of labor service cooperatives in the country.
During the closing ceremony, speakers were given certificates and tokens of appreciation from the hosts of the activity. RCDC XI Chairperson Pacifico V. Castillones gave his closing remarks thanking everyone for their active participation to the success of the affair.

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