Dangal ng Kooperatiba Awards kick off during the National Cooperative MonthFriday, October 20, 2017
The City Government of Santa Rosa, through the City Cooperative Development Office (CCDO), held its first-ever Dangal ng Kooperatiba Awards during the celebration of the Cooperative Month to recognize the collaborative effort of the cooperatives in the city. It was held on October 20, 2017 at the City Auditorium.
The awards was organized to give recognition to the contribution of cooperatives not just in economic development but also in the city’s social progress.
“For so many years, cooperatives were not recognized locally for their contributions. We have national awards like Gawad ng Parangal spearheaded by the Cooperative Development Authority but we don’t have that here locally. That is why we at CCDO decided to form this Dangal ng Kooperatiba Awards,” explained Paulo Velasco, Head of the CCDO.
“As Head, I saw the need for them (cooperatives) to be recognized because they are not just typical organizations. Cooperatives are like other businesses that pay taxes and give donations. In fact, 3% of their income goes to the community. They contribute economically, at the same time socially, so why not at least acknowledge them? ,” he added.
The said recognition was attended by the distinguished in the cooperative sector like the Cooperative Development Authority Chairman Orly Rabanera, Officer of the Cooperative League of the Philippines, Regional Office Representative of CDA, City Mayor Dan Fernandez, Vice Mayor Arnold Arcillas, City Councilors, and officers and members of various cooperatives in the city.
Going through the awards
Velasco shared that this is the first attempt of the city in going solo as they celebrate the Cooperative Month.
“For the past years, we celebrate the cooperative month district-wide, meaning with San Pedro and Biñan. But now we are finally celebrating on our own and I’m glad that it went well,” he said.
Asked on how they chose the awardees, Velasco said that they were very strict. The criteria of the awards were based on Gawad Parangal’s criteria for judging. They had a selection committee composed of representatives from CDA, Land Bank of the Philippines, Development Bank of the Philippines, Rotary Club of Santa Rosa as NGO representative and the CCDO.
Recipients of the awards were Honda Cars Associates Multi-Purpose Cooperative awarded as the Most Participative Institutional Cooperative; KASANGKAP Multi-Purpose Cooperative as the Most Participative Community-Based Cooperative; Fujitsu Ten Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative as the Longest Operational Institutional Cooperative and a Runner-up for Rotary Making a Difference Award.
Samahang Maharlika Multi-Purpose Cooperative was awarded as the Longest Operational Community-Based Cooperative; LAMCOR Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative as the Grand Winner for Rotary Making a Difference Award; Aichi Forging Family Multi-Purpose Cooperative as the Best Performing Institutional Cooperative (small); CAST Members Multi-Purpose Cooperative as the Best Performing Institutional Cooperative (medium); Sta. Rosa City Unified Transport Service Cooperative as the Best Performing Community-Based Cooperative (micro); STAG Transport Service Cooperative as the Best Performing Community-Based Cooperative (small); and Sanlo Consumers Cooperative as the Most Promising Cooperative (Rookie of the Year).
CAST Members Multi-Purpose Cooperative was awarded as the Most Outstanding Dangal ng Kooperatiba 2017.
Special Certificate of Recognition for newly Registered Cooperative was also given to Santa Rosa-Batangas-Lemery Transport Cooperative, Villa Santa Rosa Consumers Cooperative and Barangay Pooc Consumers Cooperative. Special Plaque of Recognition for Partner Institutions were given to Rotary Club of Santa Rosa, Landbank of the Philippines, Development Bank of the Philippines and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Due to the success of the event, Velasco confirmed that the Dangal ng Kooperatiba Awards will be a yearly recognition for the cooperatives and as early as now, they are already talking about the gray areas for improvement by next year.
National Cooperative Month
Meanwhile on October 2, 2017, the City of Santa Rosa, through the initiative of the CCDO, officially opened the celebration of National Cooperative Month during the flag raising ceremony. City Vice Mayor Arnold B. Arcillas rang the bell to symbolize the start of the Cooperative Month celebration. City Councilors were also present in support of the celebration.
As part of the month-long celebration, CCDO conducted a variety of activities such as a seminar on proper oral hygiene and donation of toothpaste and toothbrush in partnership with the Santa Rosa Dental Club and Laguna Dental Association. They also held educational talks in day care centers in Barangay Tagapo, and a leadership seminar in collaboration with the Provincial Cooperative Development Office.
Velasco said that in previous years the Cooperative Month was only celebrated through motorcades that does not leave as much impact to the people. This year he is proud that even though they had limited funds for the program, it was executed well and with a good impact.
A pledge by CCDO
To date, there are thirty-seven (37) active cooperatives in Santa Rosa and as Head of the CCDO, Velasco assured that they will perform their mandate of giving technical assistance, establish linkages and recommend good programs for the cooperatives in order to improve the quality of life of the marginalized sector.
“We are not just an office that gives trainings. We will do our best for everyone to feel our presence—that our office exists for every cooperative there is in the city,” he said.
The CCDO will continue to help and recognize the cooperatives’ contribution to the city’s socio-economic development. (CIO Santa Rosa/ tbumali)