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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 Mid-Term Elections through voting, campaigning, or providing finances and logistics.
The Facebook Page of COOP NATCCO Party list said: “Our party leadership wishes to convey its sincerest gratitude for the all-out support and prayers in this mid-term election. Ranking #14 amongst all the 134 partylist's that participated. With a final tally of 417,285 votes . . . assuring our party in the 18th Congress one seat, represented by Congressman Sabiniano S. Camama.”
The FB page added: “This fresh mandate, we share honor to all our party nominees from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao – the men, women and youth in the cooperative movement who untiringly campaigned for the party. Our commitment to put forward the interest of the coop sector in the halls of congress will be above all priority of COOP NATCCO.”
The CNPL, since 1998, has endeavored to protect the interests of cooperatives in legislation, provided scholarships, pushed pro-farmer support, helped place co-op leaders in key government positions like the Cooperative Development Authority, United Coconut Planters Bank, National Anti-Poverty Commission, and more.
Nominees of the Party are incumbent Rep. Sabiniano Canama representing Mindanao, Reynaldo Gandiongco representing Visayas, and Divina Quemi from Ilocos Sur representing Luzon.
Canama is from Lorenzo Tan MPC, Gandiongco is from Fairchild MPC in Cebu, and Quemi is from the Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives and is concurrently a Director of the Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC), considered to be the apex federation of Philippine Cooperatives.
The CNPL’s greatest legacy is the passage of the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008 (Republic Act 9520), which ensured and expanded the tax exemptions of cooperatives.  It must be noted that then CNPL Representative Gil Cua succeeded in having the tax exemption portions of the Bill passed by the Joint Congressional Committee while personally battling cancer and in the face of opposition from the Department of Finance.
RA 9520 redefined and strengthened the first cooperative code (RA 6938 & 6939) passed by President Cory Aquino in 1990.
Today, the CNPL continues to advance co-op interests in the House of Representatives.  This is done in cooperation with other co-op bloc partylists and development-oriented legislators.
From 2016 to June 2019, CNPL has two seats in Congress, occupied by Rep. Sabiniano “Ben” Canama, former CEO of Lorenzo Tan Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Tangub City, and Dr. Anthony M. Bravo from San Isidro Development Cooperative in Sorsogon City.
134 Partylists participated in the May 2013 elections.  Other participating “Co-op Bloc” Partylists were “Ating Coop” associated with a faction of the Philippine Federation of Credit Cooperatives (PFCCO); AGAP composed of agricultural cooperatives represented by Cong. Rico Geron from Soro-Soro Ibaba MPC in Batangas; APEC or (Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives).  
Only APEC, AGAP, and COOP-NATCCO will occupy one seat each in the next Congress which opens in July.
The NATCCO Board, composed of co-op leaders from all over the country met in Caoayan, Isabela on July 27, 1997 to establish the CNPL.  On November 12, the group met again and commissioned Atty. Edmund Lao to prepare the party’s manifestation to participate in the election and to draft the by-laws.
In the 1998 elections, COOP-NATCCO Partylist garnered 189,000 votes or 2.2% of the total votes, giving the Party a seat in the 11th Congress, which was later occupied by Cresente C. Paez from Cebu.
In the 2001 elections, the party garnered 226,169 votes, or 3.1% of the votes.  The seat was occupied by Guillermo P. Cua from Cagayan de Oro City.
In 2007, CNPL votes increased more than 50% to 409,812 votes.  Cua again represented the Party in Congress until his death in December 2008. 
NATCCO Network Board Chairman, Jose Ping-ay from Ilocos Sur took over the seat, as he was the Party’s second nominee.  In April 2009, the Supreme Court increased the number of Party-List seats in Congress and paved the way for CNPL to take a second seat, occupied by Cresente Paez.
Votes for CNPL in the 2016 Elections reached 678,905.  In 2016, former Rep. Cresente Paez ran for Senator but lost.
The 1987 Constitution allots 20% of seats in the House of Representatives for party-list representatives. 
A group that is able to get at least 2% of the total number of votes cast in the party-list race are entitled to at least one seat. These groups can still secure up to three seats based on a formula.
The Partylist system has been under attack from critics because of the participation of some Partylists that are perceived to be Communist or political fronts, and do not really represent the poor and marginalized.

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