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Stepping Up: Cooperative Officers to Lead in Building Cooperative Enterprises
The Cooperative Development Authority Region 7 together with its partner LGU, the Province of Cebu facilitated the officers’ training at COWASSCO Function Hall in Argao, Cebu last May 15-16, 2018. It aimed to capacitate the officers of micro cooperatives as well as newly registered cooperatives to efficiently and effectively manage the operation of their respective cooperatives as a business enterprise.
The participants for Fundamentals of Cooperatives were 75 officers representing 36 cooperatives. The Governance and Management of Cooperatives was conducted on the following day with 79 participants for 26 cooperatives, all from the southern part of Cebu province.
Development of the social capital of the cooperative taken from the rows of the officers down to the management staff and ultimately to include the members will help strengthen the organization,vis-à-vis the operation of micro cooperatives in the region. The handholding program of the agency in partnership with the Local Government Units through the Cooperative Development Councils will continue to develop more competent leaders and minimize the causes of failures of cooperatives as a result of lack of knowledge in cooperative business operation, incompetent management and other limitations as shown in various scientific studies.
Governance and management tackles on the concepts, elements and principles of management. After the training, participants should be able to illustrate cooperative organizational structure and its functions. The responsibilities and accountabilities of these officers are clearly defined.
Standing from left to right: Ramon P. Buenavista- CDS II, Diogenes Q. Fabio-Neorunco Manager; Bianca Jane B. Dagoy; Mrs. Julieta B. Aguilar, Ms. Gracia Nenita B. Banogon, Ms. Consejo I. Kinamot- CCDC Secretary, Mr. Angelito Ojales,Ms. Diosdada Quitoy, Ms. Leonora A. Labadia-Manager, Pampaco, Ms. Krystle Jade R. Bato, Mr. Federico Tuting, Ms Rosmar S. Amara-LGU, Ms. Maritess Angeles and Mr. Zaldy Balate.
Setting from left to right: Dr. Nora P. Patron-OIC CDA, Mrs. Cipriana D. Mumar-Senior CDS, Mrs. Evelyn B. Teves-Pamplona Chairperson, Dr. Profetiza S. Lim-PCDC Chairperson, Mrs Nida A. Navarro-Pamplona Board of Director.
The Cooperative Development Authority launched the CDA – DTI COOP SEED Partnership Program on April 13, 2018 at the Old Session Hall, Capitol Building, Dumaguete City.
COOP SEED is basically a capacity building program for members of micro and small cooperatives from identified provinces in all regions considered as poorest of the poor. It aims to implement a holistic entrepreneurial and poverty alleviation approach utilizing cooperative entrepreneurialism
There are two identified beneficiaries in Region VII for the program. They are Pamplona Multi Purpose Agricultural Cooperative for the small category and the Valencia Dairy Cooperative for the micro category.
COOP SEED stands for Cooperatives’ Sustainability of the micro and small cooperatives through strong cooperative governance, management and regulatory compliance thru capacity building and technical assistance. Enhance enterprise development capabilities of cooperatives through Enterprise/ skills trainings and seminars. Enhance access to technology and market assistance in pursuing value chain. Develop/improve the services for the enhancement of cooperative enterprise/ entrepreneur-members enterprises.
The activity was graced by the representatives from provincial offices of DTI and TESDA. CDA OIC Director, Dr. Nora P. Patron and Senior CDS Mrs. Cipriana C. Mumar, were there to discussed the COOP SEED concept. The officers of the recipient cooperatives were present and thanked the CDA-DTI Partnership for the opportunity given to them. The occasion was in collaboration with the Provincial Cooperative Development Council(PUPC) represented by Dr. Profetiza S. Lim(Chairperson), who expressed that they are willing to support such endeavor for the good of the cooperative sector. Others present, Mrs. Marites Angeles of the Office of the Governor; Mr. Diogenes Fabro and Mr. Saldy Balate, manager and staff of NEORUNCO respectively; Mrs. Ma. Consejo Kinamot,secretary of CCDC Dumaguete; Mr. Charito Catarata, PCDC vice-chairperson; representative from the Local Government Unit of Pamplona; and officers from both recipient cooperatives. CDA Negros Oriental Field Office staff were present, Gracia Nenita B. Banogon and Ramon P. Buenavista.
Indeed, everyone is looking forward that the opportunity will bring the desired development to the concerned cooperative as well the province of Negros Oriental.
The Chairman of the Cooperative Development Authority, Usec. Orlando R. Ravanera, attended the Energy Forum called by the Provincial Government of Siquijor last December 12, 2017. The Honorable Governor, Zaldy S. Villa invited CDA Chairman, to shed light some issues and concerns regarding electric cooperative registering with the Cooperative Development Authority. The forum was also attended by Vice Governor Mei Ling M. Quezon and members of the SangguniangPanlalawigan. Provincial Board Member Noel Monte initiated the convergence as planned during his attendance in the Agriculture Cooperatives’ Forum in Dumaguete City sometime in September, 2017.
The forum was participated by more or less 50 persons. Most were LGU officials of the different municipalities of the province. Also in attendance was Provincial Administrator Pedro C. Samson.
Usec. Ravanera also visited Negros Oriental to induct the newly elected officers of Provincial Cooperative Development Council (PCDC)and CCDC of Dumaguete. SiquijorPCDC officers were also inducted into office by the Honorable chairman who was joined by CDS II Jeysel L. Roble and OIC Director Nora P. Patron.
From Left to Right: BM, Paglinawan, BM Monte, V.Gov Quezon, Gov.Villa, Chairman Ravanera, Dr.Patron