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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.
They will get full support from the expertise and technology offered by the NATCCO Network.
A memorandum of Agreement was signed on November 6 by the NATCCO Network, the Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia (ASIADHRRA) and ISLACO for the latter to receive technical assistance from NATCCO. 
In his speech at the MOA signing ceremony, ISLACO Chairperson Julio C. Gloria said: “Islaco realizes the need for technical capacity building and to implement an automated management information system, and NATCCO has been tapped by ASIADHRRA as provide of technical training, coaching and support.”
He also thanked ASIADHRRA and NATCCO Network.
The signatories were Mr. Gloria for ISLACO, Atty. Soledad Cabangis for NATCCO, and Marlene Ramirez, the Secretary General of AsiaDHRRA.
ASIADHRRA will provide the funding, recognizing that NATCCO “has a complete package of interventions to accompany cooperatives the combination ofeducation, training, consultancy, information technology, microfinance innovations, payment services, and financial services.”
The Island of Samar & Leyte Agriculture Cooperative (ISLACO) is a primary cooperative based in Barangay Sto. Nino in the Municipality of Quinapondan. 
ASIADHRRA is implementing the Post-Yolanda Fund for Local Initiatives, which supports organizations and communities affected by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that hit the Visayas in November 2013.  “Support” means “direct financial and technical assistance in rebuilding their farms and recover their lost livelihood and move them out of poverty.”  AsiaDHRRA supports at least 13 Farmers/Fishers Organizations on various disaster farm and livelihood rehabilitation projects.
Under the terms of the MOA, NATCCO will provide computerized systems, establish processes in transactions, train the leaders and management of ISLACO in fundamentals of cooperatives, co-op laws, co-op governance, hand-holding in medium-term strategic planning including assessments, facilitate training and coaching, install an audit system with reporting templates, and link ISLACO management with a MICOOP-supported cooperative in the area.
Under the Memorandum, ISLACO will closely coordinate the NATCCO Network in all aspects of the implementation of the agreements, be transparent with NATCCO and AsiaDHRRA.

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