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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”, 580 co-operatives submitted reports on activities such as exhibits, display of co-op products, tree-planting, medical missions, motorcades, clean-ups, feeding programs, and other humanitarian projects.
A recorded total of 5,605 co-operators participated.
These reports were as of 9 PM on October 20.
Breakdown of participation in the regions are as follows: NCR - 3,157; Region 1 – 78, Region 2 – 938, Region 5 – 3, Region 6 – 11, Region 7 – 25, Region 9 - 1,217, Region 10 – 120, Region 11 – 14, Region 12 – 10, and Region 13 – 32.
The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) issued on September 7 Memorandum Circular 2018-2  declaring October 20 as the National Cooperative Day.  Later, the CDA issued Memorandum Circular 2018-3 giving the details of the celebrations.
President Gloria Arroyo issued Proclamation No. 493 on October 29, 2003 tagging October as the Cooperative Month in the Philippines.
 As early as July co-op leaders met in Congress, where COOP-NATCCO Rep. Ben Canama said  all activities during the Month are to “1) Boost Appreciation of Co-ops, 2) Showcase the successes of the Sector, and 3) Present an issue that needs to be united upon.”
 Theme for the 2018 Co-op Month is Makabagong Kooperatiba para sa Kalikasan, Kapayapaan, Kaunlaran, at Sang Katauhan.
 Sub-theme is: Sa Bawat Henerasyon, May Progresibong Rebolusyon; Rebolusyong Kooperatiba - NGAYON NA!
One of the highlights of the month was on October 17, when 250 co-op leaders met with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanang Palace to thank him for the retention of co-op tax exemption, present the achievements of the co-op sector, increase the CDA’s annual budget, and request the President to sign an Executive Order instructing government agencies to prioritize co-ops in the implementation of their projects /  programs. The President did not sign the draft Executive Order, however, the representatives of government agencies present in Malacanang, like Land Bank, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Agriculture, and Bureau of Internal Revenue pledged full support for co-ops, and congratulated co-ops on the Sector’s 103rd year in the Philippines.
On October 9, Senator Miguel Zubiri, who also serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Cooperative Development pushed a pet bill for the amendments to the Charter of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), which was enacted by President Corazon Aquino in 1990.  He said: “It has been ten (10) years since we passed the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008 and we have yet to enact a new Charter for the CDA.  The original charter of CDA, RA 6939 was passed in 1990 or twenty-eight (28) years ago, thus its amendment or replacement of this bill is long overdue.”
He also said the CDA Board of Administrators would be composed of representatives from various types of cooperatives.
On October 8, House Committee on Cooperatives and AGAP Partylist Representative Rico Geron delivered a Privilege Speech urging co-ops to integrate, where co-ops with large resources will support the smaller co-ops involved in agriculture, transport, and other industries.
Also on October 8, COOP-NATCCO Representative Anthony Bravo, likewise, gave a Privilege Speech, where he quoted a study by the International Labor Organization (ILO) that co-ops have been proven to be resilient.  He said that in times of escalating prices, co-ops are the go-to organizations to help Filipinos help themselves.
October 3-5 in Davao City was the 14th National Cooperative Summit with the theme Overcoming Challenges, Succeeding Together Under One Apex.  The PCC has been positioned by its members, comprising some 30 co-op federations and 24 primary co-ops, to be the “Apex Cooperative in the Philippines.  The CDA has already submitted to the House Committee on Cooperatives the result of its nationwide consultations regarding the “Apex Guidelines.”
On October 21, the First Co-op Cup Chess Tournament was held in Makati City with 200 participating players.
Photos courtesy of Lourdes Pacao of CDA Region 5, Atty. Eric Robles of CDA-MEA, COOP-NATCCO Partylist, www.senate.gov.ph, Central Market Development Cooperative, Pangasinan State University MPC, and the Presidential Communications Group.

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