CDA Pampanga Extension Office celebrated its Regional Gawad Parangal 2016 on July 18, 2016 which was held at Royce Hotel & Casino, Manuel A. Roxas Highway, Corner N. Aquino Avenue, Clark Freeport Zone, Clark, Pampanga. The program was led by two Cooperative Development Specialists II, Ms. Cristina S. Amores and Mr. Aron S. Tubig, respectively. A welcome message was delivered by the indefatigable Regional Director Marieta P. Hwang, who was at the same time celebrating her natal day. On the other hand, Ms. Melissa C. Santos, Chief CRITD, graced the event by conveying an inspirational message on behalf of Hon. Chairman Orlando R. Ravanera.
This yearly regional activity of the Agency was created purposely to recognize the remarkable and exemplary performances of cooperatives from the Seven Provinces in Central Luzon. Entries were shortlisted to 41 candidates in different categories namely: Primary Cooperatives, Federation, Cooperative Office, Cooperative Development Council, and Cooperative Leaders. Subsequently, they were cut down to 21 after the riggid validation of the Regional Screening Commitees, and then were presented to the Regional Board of Judges for the final call. Fourteen (14) winners were nominated and endorsed by the Board of Judges to the National Level as contenders for the National Search.
Awardees were as follows:
Most Outstanding Cooperatives
Micro Scale Category
Mariveles High School Teachers' Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Small Scale Category
Cupang West MPC
San Fernando Elementary School Teacher's Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Medium Scale Category
Watchlife Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Bagumbayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative
CLSU Credit Cooperative
Large Scale Category
San Jose Delmonte Savings and Credit Cooperative
IWAHORI Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Bagong Barrio Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Most Outstanding Cooperative Leader
Angelita Dela Cruz
Best Performing Cooperative Federations
Central Luzon Regional League of the Philippines Federation of Credit Cooperative (PFCCO-Central Luzon)
Best Performing Local Government Units
Cooperative Development Offices
Provincial Level
Provincial Cooperative & Entreprise Development Office-Bulacan
City/Municipal Level
City Cooperative Development Office- San Jose City, NE
Best Performing Cooperative Development Council
Bataan Cooperative Development Council
Moreover, members of the Regional Screening Committees and Regional Board of Judges composed of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Central Luzon State University, Agricultural Training Institute, Alalay sa Kaunlaran Inc. (ASKI), and the CDA PEO.

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