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Consistent Courage & Charisma

PASAY CITY – For co-op members, joining an existing or operating co-op is easy.  You just ask the right questions: “Is the co-ops financially stable?  Will it take care of my deposit? How long after joining can I obtain a loan?  How much money can I make?


But for co-op pioneers who establish a cooperative, the questions are very different.  How do convince people to join?   Who do we hire to operate the co-op?  How do we gain financial stability?  How can I help people help themselves and improve their lives?  How do we ensure dividends at the end of the year?


The Bigay Pugay Award is a “Co-operative Salute” to recognize the hard work poured by co-op pioneers who gave their younger years to help their communities improve.


The elite group of awardees are all aged minimum 70 years and have exhibited excellent character and courage consistently for decades.

FRANCO T. BARICUATRO, a Certified Public Accountant, was an employee of Department of Education in Cebu, when he joined Cebu Peoples Cooperative in 1972.  

He volunteered to VICTO and was sent to a six-month course on Management Consultancy at UP-ISSI. In 1975 he became Manager of Cebu Peoples Coop.  He later went back to VICTO and got involved in administrative matters, training assignment and consultancy visits to affiliates. He went up the ranks and retired in 2000 as Chief Finance Officer.

Publications he co-authored are Accounting for Non-Accountants, Social Audit Manual, and the Social Bookkeeping Manual, a pioneer project of VICTO on social auditing, in cooperation with Canadian Cooperative Alliance (CCA).  

ELVIRA DANDAN is the Action Lady of San Dionisio Credit Cooperative in Paranaque City.  If you want things done, get Ka Elvie involved, and it will be done!


Still very energetic at 79, Ka Elvie has dedicated her life to her family and more than half her life to the co-op movement.  She inspires the younger set.


In her 53 years of involvement in SDCC Ka Elvie today continues to pay attention to the youth, tirelessly immersing them in the tenets, values and principles of cooperativism.


That is why she is looked up to as an icon and a mother – because she could be very strict at times and really hates being late.  Unlike many leaders who hang on to power as long as they can, Ka Elvie displays true leadership by inspiring others to lead.


ROMEO DE JESUS is the Chairperson of San Jose del Monte Savings and Credit Cooperative.  He is a CPA and has been Director of San Jose Water District and Metro South Cooperative.  Chairman Romy has been actively involved in San Jose Koop for 30 years as founding Chairman.  


As a leader he employs the participative approach, making sure that everybody has contributed their part to come up with the best ideas.  


Romy is also a visionary, always looking forward to the future, and he sees to it that the next generation will benefit from his decisions.  Chairman Romy is very professional person, a community dynamic leader, a dedicated man to his family and friends, a God fearing man, simple but intelligent, a down to earth person and most importantly he is truly dependable.

CLARITA P. NAPOLES graduated from the Divine Word University in Tacloban City as Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Major in Accountancy.


Her involvement in co-ops began when she was in her 30s, becoming the Executive Officer of Biliran Provincial Union of Cooperatives (BILPRUNCO).


She joined VICTO National in 1985 as Project Officer/Director of Northern Samar Integrated Cooperative Development Program (NSIDP) and became the Regional Executive Director of VICTO National in 1989-2004.


After retirement, she became the Regional Coordinator of Co-op NATCCO Partylist in Region 8.  Other awards include the Asian Trio Award by the Asian Women in Cooperatives Forum and as Most Effective Transformative Leader by the National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO) in 2008. She has also attended international training and conferences in Canada, Israel, Hongkong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, Sweden, and Japan. Ms. Napoles is currently the Vice President for Visayas of Coop NATCCO Partylist and the Vice Chair of Eastern Visayas Network of NGO’s/POs.

Claire is a dynamic leader who has selflessly dedicated her life and career to the growth and development of co-operatives.

NORMA PEREYRAS has been a volunteer in the co-op movement for 35 years and is a well-known personality in cooperativism, good governance, gender equality advocacy, and more. She turned 70 last year, stays strong physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to serve and be an inspiration.


She is instrumental in Tagum Cooperative’s 49-year viability and sustainability, holding the title as the longest running Chairperson of the Board of Directors for 7 years and led the cleansing and transformation period, as first lady president in 1995 when Tagum Cooperative was clouded with irregularities and controversies.


Like Tagum Cooperative, Ms. Pereyras is a multi-awarded woman in different fields: Outstanding Rural Woman in Region XI, two-time Tagumpay Excellence Awardee for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, and 2012 Most Outstanding Cooperative leader in the Philippines. She is  the first lady vice president of the Association of Asian Confederation of Cooperatives (ACCU) and the first lady president of the Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC), the apex organization of coops.


RUBEN D. PRESILDA was born 74 years ago in Western Samar.  He started as an educator-organizer of the Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) in 1968 and became the provincial president of the FFF in Occidental Mindoro in 1982.  He is currently serves as the National Vice-President.

Ruben was chairman of the Occidental Mindoro Free Farmers Cooperative, Inc. (OMIFFCI) from 1982-2012, and is currently the Board Chairman of the Seed Producers Cooperative of Occidental Mindoro-District II, both of which are affiliated to the Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives (FFFC).  


He has been a member of the Board of the FFFC and is currently the Vice-Chairman of the national cooperative Federation.  He also served as Board Member of the Cooperative Trading Center (CTC), now known as the National Cooperative Marketing Federation) which serves as the trading arm of cooperatives for the Metro Manila market.  He is also a Director of the All for One Federation of Cooperatives of Occidental Mindoro.  He served as Vice-Chairman of the Provincial Cooperative Development Council in 1999-2000.


FIDEL S. SAMSON, SR. was born 82 years ago in Lomonon, Palompon, Leyte.  He started his involvement with farmer organizations in 1969 after being recruited as an educator-organizer for the Federation of Free Farmers (FFF), a national farmers organization.  Fidel became a provincial board member of the FFF in 1972, then became the provincial president in 1999, and started serving in the National Policy Board of the FFF in 1997.  

The FFF established its cooperative arm, the Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives (FFFC), in 1969, and became the manager of the cooperative local unit in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur in 1974.  In 2000, he became a member of the FFFC National Board of Directors, a position he holds until the present.

Fidel has been the chairman of the Municipal Cooperative Development Council of Sibagat, Agusal del Sur and has been an active member of the Provincial Cooperative Development Council since 2013.

NAPOLEON E. SENTILLAS SR. has passionately promoted cooperatives in Central Visayas since 1972. He served as officer of Guadalupe Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative for many years.

Mr. Sentillas was a man of action not just in words, believing in the power of cooperation and good governance.

He often climbed the mountainous barangays in Cebu to consult farmers on issues and concerns in the community. He would later organize them into farmers’ cooperatives.

In 2014, with the help of GCMPC he organized four (4) cooperatives and also provided financial and technical assistance to two (2) cooperatives.

He sits in the Board of Victo National, CLIMBS Life General Insurance Cooperative, and the Cebu City Cooperative Development Council.


In 2008, he was elected as National Board of VICTO National and later on as the Chairperson.

FEDERICO N. TRISTE JR.’s passion of giving his “selfless service for the poor and exploited brother Filipino” has sustained his 45 years of voluntary service in the PHCCI-MPC Tacloban City (Leyte), VICTO National and PCF. For more than 25 years, he actively participated in rain or shine, night or day, in conducting pre-membership education, introducing the concepts and principles of self-help, group action and sharing of meager resources among the barangays in Tacloban City and other towns of Leyte.

His work in PHCCI MPC-Tacloban started with 33 pioneers, with initial contributions of P 33.00 which has now 35,000 members with P 1.8 Billion in Assets. He was a NATCCO delegate to a symposium for Cooperative Legislation in Sri Lanka. He never expected any award or recognition for his coop work.

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