• Alex Raquepo: Ilocos Region's Co-op Man

    Rare are those who have been steeped in cooperative principles in their youth and continue to do so decades later.  Alexander B. Raquepo is among that rare breed.   Alex hails from Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur and is the eledest Read More
  • COOP-NATCCO Partylist Thumbs Down Divorce Bill

    QUEZON CITY --  After consultations with co-op leaders, Coop-NATCCO Partylist Representatives Anthony M. Bravo and Sabiniano Canama voted against the Divorce Bill.   After quoting the Bible on social media, Rep. Bravo said: “Bilang isang Kristiyano, ito ang aking personal Read More
  • Millennials Own Stage at Co-op Leaders Congress

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In Filipino culture, young people are told to listen to their elders.  But at the recent 16th Co-op Leaders Congress held at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel, it was the other way around.     Millennials comprised most Read More
  • 3rd Tagum Youth Camp Fosters Bonds & Learning

    TAGUM CITY -- Seventy-eight teen-aged strangers turned friends as they participated in Tagum Coop’s Youth Laboratory 3rd Summer Youth Camp last May 4-5, 2018 at the Energy Park. The two-day-one-night camp had the theme “Bring the Change! Be the Youth Leader Read More
  • GA Pushes Integration, Technology, Youth, Enterprise

    CAGAYAN DE ORO – The NATCCO Network ended the 41st General Assembly and Leaders’ Congress on a high note, as the leadership of one of the largest co-op federations in the country pushed for integration, the use of technology to improve Read More
  • Guideco Becomes Town Center thru Pinoy Coop ATM

    Guimbal, ILOILO -- This quaint town is a coastal fourth class municipality of 33,820 people.    Its 9 kilometers of scenic shoreline has attracted tourists, an industry that supplements its citizens’ agricultural livelihood.   In April 1993, the Southern Iloilo Development Read More
  • St. Vincent Ferrer Parish MPC Wins Bagwis Award

    ODIONGAN, Romblon –  NATCCO Network member St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative recently received the Bronze DTI-Bagwis Award for the excellent operation of its retail stores.   The Department of Trade and Industry, through the award, “gives due recognition to Read More
  • Co-op Opens Gas Station in Tagbilaran City

    TAGBILARAN CITY -- The Bohol Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative which has 1,000 members inaugurated on February 27 its own gasoline station.  Jannete Romero and Melchor Daniel, BCMPC’s Manager and Chairman, respectively, led the opening of the cooperative’s Phoenix Gasoline Station, the first Read More
  • Ang Hindi Nauulingan

    May kasabihan na: “Walang humahawak ng palayok na hindi naulingan.”  Dumating ang panahon na ginamit ito patungkol sa mga taong may kinalaman sa mga usaping salapi.  Tanggap ng marami na kapag pera ang pinag-uusapan, halos lahat na lang ata ay Read More
  • CDA Issues Order For Nutriwealth to Cease & Desist

    QUEZON CITY -- The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) has ordered Nutriwealth Multi-Purpose Cooperative (NWMPC) to 1) stop accepting deposits from members and non-members, 2) return all deposits to the depositors, and 3) stop establishing and operating satellite offices without the prior Read More
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Stabilization Fund System Keeps Co-op Trust

26,000 cooperatives in the Philippines with memberships ranging in size from 15 to 100,000 manage the hard-earned money of their members.  Their foundation is trust.  When trust is gone, co-ops are gone.
 
The Stabilization Fund System (SFS) is a form of “solidarity fund” as cooperatives contributing to it, in effect, are coming together to help one another to prevent insolvency (or bankruptcy) – thus maintaining the trust and confidence of depositors.
 
Following the models in Germany, Netherlands, Canada and South Korea, NATCCO Network established the SFS in 2008 with 3 elements: 
 
1) SUPERVISION AND MONITORING through on-site Risk-Based Evaluation (RBE) of member-cooperatives by the SFS Team
 
2) OFF-SITE MONITORING AND FOLLOW-THROUGH of compliance to RBE recommendations
 
3) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, or use of the Stabilization Fund, as a last resort to prevent co-op run/bankruptcy.
 
Overseeing the Fund is the SF Committee comprising the NATCCO CEO, NATCCO Chairperson, the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), the Dept. of Finance or the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions.
 
The SFS provides co-ops:
 
1) Supervision and monitoring of cooperatives, and if necessary, remedial measures 
 
2) Awareness of the cooperative’s risk level and recommendations to control and mitigate risks
 
3) Self-Regulation to protect cooperatives against insolvency, thus protecting the investments of individual members
 
4) Increase of public trust and confidence in cooperatives
 
5) Cooperatives recognized as a self-regulated financial provider of choice to the marginalized 
 
6) If all co-ops participate in the SFS, this displays Solidarity 
 
The approaches of the SFS are 1) pro-active prevention, avoiding problems in the first place, and 2) holistic, evaluation of a co-op’s financials, investments, credit, cash, controls and systems,  governance, compliance and human resources.
A cooperative under the SFS agrees to:
 
Contribute 0.5% of Total Assets to the Fund which the cooperative builds up  over time
 
Submit financial data for monitoring
 
Open books for inspection
 
The SFS has 50 member co-operatives nationwide, contributing P24.3 Million to the Stabilization Fund.  
 
Holy Child Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Bato, Leyte) joined the SFS in 2008.  General Manager Lorna Gesultura, says: “We never regret investing in the SFS. Aside from securing co-op assets, it earns interest. At inspections, we're guided and monitored in our operations.”   
 
St. Vincent Ferrer Parish MPC (Odiongan, Romblon) Chairperson Martin Lasaga says: “We’re happy to know the areas in our operation where we need to focus!”
 
Technical partner is German co-op federation Deutsche Genosenschafts Raiffeissen Verband (DGRV).
 
The National Association of Training Centers for Cooperatives was established in 1977 to provide and standardize the education and training components of cooperatives.
 
Today, the National Confederation of Cooperatives’ (NATCCO Network’s) Mission is to “build the socio-economic capabilities of cooperatives through the delivery of superior financial products and allied services.”
 
For co-ops to be able to help their members rise out of poverty, the NATCCO Network offers training to co-op leaders, managers and staff in Financial and Risk Management to Bookkeeping, from Marketing to Information Technology, from gender & development and Disaster-Readiness for business continuity, and every aspect of a co-op’s operations.
 
Other services include Financial Intermediation (taking deposits and providing loans), Information Technology (Financial software, ATMs, POS, mobile payment platform) Conditional Cash Transfer, Stabilization Fund, Life Insurance, and Advocacy & Networking.
 

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