CCDO champions Cooperatives

Friday, June 1, 2018

This is according to Mark Paulo Velasco, Officer-in-Charge of the City Cooperative Development Office (CCDO) in the City of Santa Rosa. He said his office has been actively holding a series of events and implementing programs to make the presence of their office felt especially by their stakeholders. Their mandate includes providing technical assistance, establishing linkages and recommending good programs for the cooperatives in order to improve the quality of life of the marginalized sector, among others.

Convergence meeting

On June 1, 2018, the City hosted for the first time the Convergence Meeting of the Southern Tagalog Region Cooperative Development Council (STaRCDC), Union of the Cooperatives (STUC), Regional Chapter of Liga ng mga Cooperative Development officers sa Pilipinas (LCDOP), and the Cooperative Development authority (CDA) Extension Office-Region IV.  It was held at the El Cielito Hotel.

The aim of the meeting was to synchronize and consolidate the efforts of the respective agencies in designing a program that will move towards the same direction for the benefit of the cooperatives in the region and their stakeholders as well.

In the convergence meeting, Velasco presented the Cooperative Development Plan of the City. Said plan was meant to transform existing cooperatives to a new generation cooperatives model.

He said that the research is included in their 2018 budget and is scheduled to commence on August of this year.

In the project description, the research project “will harmonize the activities necessary for the cooperatives and the local government unit to act on opportunities within the economic realms of the city, considering the strengths of investments currently in the city.” The output of the research will then be included in the Cooperative Development Plan of the City.

“One practical benefit of the Plan is to link primary cooperatives to industries. For example, the cooperatives will serve as supplier for the requirements of the companies in the City,” Velasco explained.

This, according to Velasco, is considered as something big because the City will be the first LGU to have a formal plan. “This is in keeping with our status as we were identified to be one of the model cities in the region and in the country in terms of cooperative development,” he said.

Congresswoman Arlene B. Arcillas, Representative of the First District of Laguna, graced the Convergence Meeting and expressed her support in the sector. She said that even before when she was still the Mayor of the City of Santa Rosa, her assistance to the cooperative sector is already there. She was even an active member of the Santa Rosa City Employees Multi-Purpose (SRCEMPC) before she became a Representative.

On August 30 to September 1, 2018, the City will once again serve as host, this time to the Regional Cooperative Trade Fair to be held in Solenad Nuvali.

Barangay Awareness Program

When Velasco took office as the OIC of CCDO, there were only 22 cooperatives but not all of them were active. Now there are 42 existing and active cooperatives, while four cooperatives are completing requirements for registration.

He attributes the increase in number to the Barangay Awareness Program on Cooperative and Livelihood on 2017. It was proposed to provide an active education and awareness on the cooperative and livelihood by conducting symposia, seminars and orientation particularly at the barangay level.

The CCDO sought the barangay officials’ support in identifying organizations essential to promoting economic and social reforms in their respective barangays. Their office conducted BAPs on February of this year.

Velasco also shared that out of the 18 barangays, eight barangays already have cooperatives and that they are aiming to organize cooperatives in all barangays this year.

Implemented programs

The City launched the Credit Surety Fund (CSF) Program of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas under Republic Act No. 10744 or the “Credit Surety Fund Cooperative Act of 2015” for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as well as cooperatives on September 8, 2017.

The CSF is a Public-Private Partnership between the City of Santa Rosa, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Development Bank of the Philippines, Land Bank of the Philippines, and Industrial Guarantee and Loan Fund. It aims to give assistance to MSMEs and cooperatives that experience difficulties in obtaining loans from banks due to lack of acceptable collaterals, credit knowledge and credit track records. Through the program, cooperatives will have easier access to bank credits.

A total of nine (9) cooperatives were chosen as beneficiaries of the program. These are Santa Rosa City Unified Transport Cooperative, Southeast Transport Service Cooperative, Santa Rosa City Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Kislap Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Cast Member's Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Jeannie’s Touch Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Teamwork Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Toyota Motor Philippines Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and Kasangkap Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

The City of Santa Rosa is one of the first to implement the program in the region, and is looking forward to its benefits such as increase in economic growth through creation of more livelihood and job opportunities for the people.

On October 20, 2017, the City also held its first-ever Dangal ng Kooperatiba Awards in celebration of the Cooperative Month. 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 Velasco.

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, the Dangal ng Kooperatiba Awards will be organized yearly. (CIO Santa Rosa /macariño)

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