• Grow Your Co-op Members’ Business

    Leni San Roque, Chief Executive of the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (ACCU), tells participants at the recent Co-op Leaders’ Congress in Iloilo City how and why co-ops should upgrade and make an impact in the communities, in Read More
  • Use Tech or Be Left Out

    We must know what is going on outside our co-ops. While we are optimistic about the digitalization of the economy, the fast pace of technological advancement must still undergo government regulation.  Mertz Tangonan shows us a bird’s eye view of Read More
  • COOP-NATCCO Wins One Seat In Congress

    COOP-NATCCO Partylist has announced that it has won one seat in Congress in the May 13 elections.   In a very impressive display of solidarity, cooperative members, leaders, staff, management and stakeholders voted COOP-NATCCO Partylist (CNPL) in the May 2019 Read More
  • Great Potential for Co-ops in e-Payments

    Jing Gusto, consultant of World Council of Credit Unions, presented before the NATCCO Coop Leaders’ Congress in Iloilo City last April the results of a study that shows the readiness of co-ops and their members for e-payments.     I think Read More
  • Help your Members be Entrepreneurs thru e-commerce

    Do your co-op members have products that need marketing?  Your co-op could be the best aggregator.  Online shopping platform Lazada's Petrus Carbonel shows how your co-op can facilitate entrepreneurship among your members.   In the digital economy, co-ops will have Read More
  • Positioning Co-ops in a Digital Economy

    Trade & Industry Undersecretary  for Competitiveness & Innovation Rafaelita Aldaba shared with the NATCCO Leaders’ Congress that it is important for co-ops  to understand how you can position cooperatives in the new digital economy, take advantage of the opportunities and Read More
  • Co-ops Must Invest in the Youth

      15-year-old co-op leader, Alessandra Daquila or Barbaza Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Antique Province spoke before 800 delegates on the opening day of the 17th Co-op Leaders Congress in Iloilo City, and gave them her mind on what co-ops should do Read More
  • Co-ops ready for Digital Economy

    ILOILO CITY – Co-ops must, can, and will definitely go Digital!   More than 700 leaders from 189 cooperatives converged last April 26-28 at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel for the 17TH Co-op Leaders’ Congress and 42nd General Assembly.  They Read More
  • Power Speakers to Inspire and Impart at Leaders’ Congress

    A power list of speakers await delegates to the 17th NATCCO Co-op Leaders’ Congress in Iloilo City on April 26-28.  Their topics are in line with the theme for the event: “4.0 Positioning Cooperatives in a Digital Economy.”  The topics Read More
  • Supreme Court Ups Small Claims from 300k to 400k Starting April

    The Supreme Court increased the limit of small claims cases filed before the Metropolitan Trial Courts from P300,000.00 to P400,000.00, beginning  April 1, 2019.     Upon the recommendation of the Office of the Court Administrator to Associate Justice Diosdado M. Read More
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Power Speakers to Inspire and Impart at Leaders’ Congress

A power list of speakers await delegates to the 17th NATCCO Co-op Leaders’ Congress in Iloilo City on April 26-28.  Their topics are in line with the theme for the event: “4.0 Positioning Cooperatives in a Digital Economy.”  The topics to be discussed will relate to the decisions to be made at the General Assembly, when the voting membership of the NATCCO Network will roll out resolutions that will impact the future of the Network and Philippine cooperatives in general.
Ms. RAFAELITA M. ALDABA took on the position of Undersecretary of the Competitiveness and Innovation Group (CIG) of the DTI in 2019.  Since 2014, she has been in DTI as one of its Assistant Secretaries, specifically assigned to IDTPG. She also served as Senior Research Fellow and Vice-President of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). From 2008-2009, she was Team Leader of the Asian Regional Integration Center-Asian Development Bank.
As an alumna of the University of the Philippines (PhD Economics) and the Kiel Institute of World Economics in Germany, Undersecretary Aldaba uses her knowledge on research and development on matters of industrial policy, regional economic integration, international trade, foreign direct investment, competition policy, and small and medium enterprises.
Mr. SIMONE COLOMBARA is Managing Director CRIF Philippines, with over 15 years experience in IT for Banking.  He has worked in the areas of workflow management systems, e-banking security, credit cards, gross payment systems, anti-money launderings, analytics products, and business information and credit scoring systems.
He has worked or consulted for People’s Bank of China, the European Central Bank, MasterCard, BancoPosta (2nd largest issuer of payment cards in Europe), Viveo Cognitive System (AML), Telecom Italia and Sun Microsystems.
Mr Colombara holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science Engineering, an MBA in Information Technology, and a Master in Entrepreneurship and Startup Management.
Petrus Paolo Carbonell is the Business Development Head of the retailing website Lazada.  He graduated cum laude from University of the Philippines with a BS Business Administration and Accountancy degree. He spent two years with Nestle Philippines as Key Accounts Manager, before joining Jen1ne as its Sales Manager.
In 2014, he became the country manager of Esco, a biotechnology firm. In 2016, Petrus became Rustan’s Supercenters Assistant Vice President for Analytics and Insight/Business Support and Solution Group.
MS. ALESSANDRA J. DAQUILA is a 15-year old Grade 9 student from Barbaza National High School, Barbaza,  Antique.  She is the current Chairperson of Barbaza National High School Laboratory Cooperative, a Lab Co-op under the guardianship of Barbaza Multi-Purpose Cooperative. She aims for continuously improving herself by being active in the academics and in the extra-curricular activities. Her hard work earned her the second-high honors, and her competitive spirit brought her to the highly acclaimed Sciencelympics and Technolympics in the division. As a charming and smart young lady, she was crowned Ms. Healthy Body during Nutrition Month Celebration, and was also crowned as Ms. KABARKO, the youth organization of Barbaza MPC. As a daughter of an Overseas Filipino, she makes savings and planning a habit, giving value to the hard-earned money of her father. She spends her free time reading books and listening to music.
Mr. HELMUT EMIL PABST is Project Director of the German Co-op federation, Deutscher Genossenschafts-und Raiffeisenverband  (DGRV).  He has overseen DGRV Projects in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Cuba, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.  DGRV supports NATCCO’s Stabilization Fund.  Pabst began his career in the Co-operative Bank of Nuremberg as Loan Officer, and became Senior Financial Auditor at the Bavarian Cooperative Audit Union in Munich.  Since 1990, he has been a course instructor at conferences, seminars and workshops on Cooperative Regulation, Co-op Supervisory Schemes, Audit, Deposit Protection Funds, Good Governance, Risk Administration, Internal Control, Loans, and Financial Ratio Interpretation.
Ms. ELENITA SAN ROQUE is CEO of the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions based in Bangkok.
She joined the ACCU Team in 1995 as Manager for Member Services and has extensively worked in programs in response to the challenges of credit unions in Asia.  The 21 Credit Union Business Solutions are some of the achievements of the ACCU wherein Leni has dedicated much of her time.  Leni graduated from  the 13th Australian Development Education Workshop in 1997.  Inspired by the DE experience, ACCU and the Credit Union Foundation Australia started the Asian Development Education Program in 1999.  The Asian DE has gained high approval from the 754 leaders and professionals who are certified since 1999.
Leni is serving as the DE Administrator for Asia and also received the I-CUDE (International Credit Union Development Educator) designation given by the World Council of Credit Unions.  
MR. MAMERTO TANGONAN is a digital financial services expert with over 20 years of experience leading projects that helped advance digital payments and financial inclusion across Southeast Asia and East Africa. His career spanned across the financial services, mobile telecommunications, IT, consulting, and development industries, with expertise in operations, technology, agricultural finance, business development and project management. He is currently the Chief of Party of USAID/Philippines’ E-PESO Activity that supported the development of the National Retail Payments System being implemented by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines). Prior to joining Chemonics, he has held senior executive and consulting roles in International Finance Corporation Indonesia, Mercy Corps, DAI, PT Smart Telecom, Globe Telecom, Accenture, and ING. Mert holds an Executive MBA from the Asian Institute of Management, and a Civil Engineering degree from the University of the Philippines.
Ms. JANETTE TORAL is Executive Director, Certified Trainer, Coach, and Behavioral Analysis Consultant with The John Maxwell Team. She is also a Certified Practitioner of the Global Leadership Assessment 360 (Marshall Goldsmith). She expanded into the leadership segment recognizing that the success of any person relies on their personal leadership.
In 1999, long before many heard about the internet, she started DigitalFilipino.com that has served as a platform for numerous online experiments in the area of e-commerce, Internet research, Philippine Internet history, and blogging.  DigitalFilipino paved the way for her to speak in local and international events in Asia, Central America, and the Pacific Islands.
In 2016, she developed the MSME E-Commerce Activation Program that was adopted by DTI.
In 2017, she created e-commerce, digital marketing, freelancing training modules used in the Rural Impact Sourcing Technical Training series.
Mr. ARDY S. ABELLO is a top-rank motivational speaker and senior consultant of KITE, Incorporated.  He has coached executives and the top management teams of different companies belonging to the Top 100 Corporations and Multi-national companies in the Philippines.
Ardie is an internationally certified facilitator of Dr. John Maxwell’s premiere leadership workshops, and is also a “Strengths–Based Coach”, having been trained and certified by The GALLUP Organization.
An entrepreneur, his most recent business venture is a restaurant.
Busy as he is, Work-Life Balance is not an elusive way of life. In fact, the highest position he holds is Chief Empowering Officer (CEO) of the Abello Team, reporting directly to his wife and together they empower their 5 children!

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