• AsiaDHRRA taps NATCCO to help Farmers’ Co-op

    EASTERN SAMAR – Many agricultural cooperatives fail due to the inability of its members – mostly farmers – to run its operations.  But for a farmers’ cooperative named Island of Samar & Leyte Agriculture Cooperative (ISLACO), the future looks bright. Read More
  • CDA now under DTI

    MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) to be placed under the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI).  Malacanang Palace issued Executive Order 67 on October 31.   It will be recalled that just on his Read More
  • First Co-op Chess Tourney in History

    MAKATI CITY – More than 200 chess players battled wills over the Chess Board on Sunday, October 22, at the First Co-op Cup Chess Tournament held at the Alphaland Southgate Mall, with Max Dave Tellor of Adamson University taking the Read More
  • ACCU Founder Rekindles Raiffeisen Ideals

    Mr. Andrew So, one of the founders of the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions gave this inspirational speech at the 2018 ACCU Forum in September in Manila.   Social Justice is a moral principle and a moral value. Read More
  • Co-op Month Celebrated Nationwide!

    Cooperators all over the country celebrated the Cooperative Month this October, culminating in the National Cooperative Day on October 20.   According to the Co-operative Month Secretariat that collates nationwide data and monitors social media posts under the hashtag “#1coopnation”, Read More
  • Co-op Resiliency & Sustainable Development

    COOP-NATCCO Rep. Anthony Bravo delivered the following Privilege Speech in Congress last  October 8.   Mr. Speaker, honorable colleagues, I rise today as we again honor our cooperatives across the country for being resilient amidst the growing inflation and other Read More
  • Duterte Meets Leaders on 103rd Year of Philippine Co-ops

    MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte met with 250 co-op leaders on October 17 in the Malacanang Palace, to hear co-op issues and concerns, and hear proposals on how co-ops and Government can work together to accelerate nation-building.   This is Read More
  • First Movers Ink Contractual Solidarity

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The NATCCO Network has moved closer to its Vision of becoming an integrated federation of co-ops as eight leaders signed the Contractual Solidarity Agreement.  The simple ceremony is  considered to be the highlight of the Read More
  • Let's Get Digital!

    USAID’s Mamerto Tangonan gave a talk entitled The National Retail Payment System & the Digital Finance Landscape in the Philippines, delivered at the NATCCO Co-op Leaders Congress in Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City for all co-ops to Read More
  • First Co-op Cup Chess Tournament October 21

    Excellent Peoples' MPC and NATCCO Network recently signed an Agreement to hold the first chess tournament for co-ops.   In the spirit of Cooperative Solidarity, the First Co-op Chess Cup Tournament for co-operators is scheduled for October 21 with theme Read More
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ICA Asks Pinoy Co-ops to Display Marque

PASIG CITY –The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) launched the “2020 Vision”, aiming to make co-ops will be 1) the acknowledged leader in economic, social and environmental sustainability, 2) the business model preferred by people, and 3) the fastest-growing form of enterprise.
 
One of the Strategies to attain these goals, was to “Build the co-operative message and secure the co-operative identity.”
ICA President from 2009-2015 Dame Pauleen Green emphasized the uniqueness of co-ops when she said: “Co-operatives have a powerful identity. An identity built on seven unique principles that no corporate social responsibility department in private businesses can replicate!”  
 
But just three years before the deadline, the ICA is not at all pleased with the rate that the goals are being achieved.
At the NATCCO General Assembly and Leaders’ Congress on May 27, ICA Director for Asia-Pacific Balasubramanian Iyer told the more than 600 co-op leaders of the NATCCO Network: “We have the history, the numbers and the clout. Yet, why doesn’t the world know what we are doing?”
 
He therefore urged co-op leaders to use the Cooperative Marque of the ICA to establish the cooperative enterprise as a brand.
 
“Many co-ops (all over the world) are using it on their products.  But only 55 co-ops in the Philippines have registered on ICA’s  website www.identy.coop to use the logo!” he lamented.
 
He stressed that co-ops must place it on their products, signages, letterheads, publications, publicity materials, videos, website and social media accounts, much like other big businesses have done and established their identity as their logos have become recognizable icons.
 
The co-op Marque is regulated by the ICA, and co-ops must first register in www.identity.coop. The terms or guidelines for using the marque are also in the website. 
 
The use of the co-op marque has surfaced in recent “Integration Meetings” by co-op leaders.  See related article.
 

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