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    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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NPC Registration Deadline: March 8

Cooperatives as Personal Information Controllers or Processors are mandated to comply with the Data Privacy Act (DPA), and are thus, required to register with the National Privacy Commission (NPC).  And the deadline is March 8.
 
This was the reply of the NPC to a query by co-op blogger, Virgilio V. Maclang, on whether co-operatives are “mandated to comply with the directives provided by the Data Privacy Act, its IRR and other NPC issuances.”
 
Republic Act 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) is an “Act protecting individual personal information in information and communications systems in the government and the private sector.”  The DPA also created the NPC, to implement said law. 
 
The NPC issued Advisory No. 2017-01 on March 14, stating that “all natural or juridical persons, or any other body in the government or private sector engaged in the processing of personal data within and outside of the Philippines” shall “register its data processing systems (under certain) conditions.
 
In the NPC’s Advisory Opinion No. 2017-021 addressed to Maclang dated June 14, NPC Chairman, Raymund E. Liboro, said: “Upon examination of the nature of information handled by the CDA and cooperatives, it is clear that cooperatives may be considered as personal information controllers (PICs) who collect, hold, process and use personal information of its members.”
 
Liboro added: “cooperatives process personal data of members, particularly with regard to the application and processing of their individual loans.  Thus . . . cooperatives are involved in the processing of personal and sensitive personal information and are thereby obliged to adhere with the provisions of the DPA.”
 
The Opinion cited that as far as the Credit Information System Act (RA 9510) is concerned, co-ops are “submitting entities” to the Credit Information Corporation (CIC) for credit data of borrowers.  Thus: “It is imperative to note that cooperatives process personal information of is members and employees as part of its regular operations.  The credit data or loan information mentioned is just a segment of personal information collected and stored by cooperatives.
 
Another Requirement of the DPA is that co-ops will have to hire or designate a “Data Protection Officer” (DPO) “who are accountable for the organization’s compliance with the law (DPA) and other relevant rules and regulations on data privacy and security.”
 
Liboro wrote: “Cooperatives, as PICs (or PIPs) are required to implement reasonable and appropriate organizational, physical and technical measures intended for the protection of personal information against any accidental or unlawful destruction, alteration, and disclosure, as well as against any other unlawful processing.”
 
For Registration requirements, Section 47 of the IRR of the DPA says “if a PIC or PIP employs at least 250 persons, registration is automatically required.”
 
But what if a co-op has less than 250 employees? The co-op may still be required if 1) the processing it carries out is likely to pose a risk to the rights and freedoms of the data subjects, or 2) processing is not occasional, or 3) the processing includes sensitive personal information of at least one thousand (1,000) individuals.
 
For registration, the co-op must submit a notarized registration form containing details on the PIC, head of the organization, and the Data Privacy Officer (DPO).  Registration can eventually be done online, thru the NPC website.
 
A cooperative is required to notify the NPC and the affected persons within 72 hours if personal data has been breached.
 
Co-op leaders may e-mail inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the NPC website www.privacy.gov.ph for information or to download necessary forms.
 

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