The National Association of Training Centers for Cooperatives (NATCCO) was formed by cooperators who believed that the task of co-op development lay primarily in the hands of the private sector.
Along with the mission to Christianize the people in the community and establishing parochial schools, the Mill Hill Missionaries initiated the organization of a credit union in the town of Barbaza in Antique Provine to help members meet their financial needs.
Barbaza Credit Cooperative Union (BCCUI) was founded on July 20, 1964 with Rev Fr, John Tielen, curate of the town, taking the lead and the fourteen parochial leaders as pioneer members with six –hundred twenty five pesos (P 625.00) as initial share capital.
To capacitate the pioneer cooperators, seminars on co-operatives were conducted by Rev. Fr. Gerardus Pijnapple, parish priest of Lauan and Bishop Cornelio de Wit, Diocesan Credit Union Coordinator with the help of the Technical Assistants from the Netherlands.
BCCUI was registered with the Bureau of Cooperative Development in 1965, then with the Department of Local Government and Community Development in 1975 and with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) in 1991.
In 1976, through the initiative of the Board of Directors, Barbaza Kilusang Bayan sa Pamimili, Inc., a consumer store, was established.
In 1992, considering the different services and programs offered and as approved by the General Assembly, BCCUI and BKBPI was consolidated and renamed Barbaza Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
It was only in 1997 that Barbaza MPC was able to purchase a lot at Cubay, Barbaza, Antique where the Main Office is now situated. It was first occupied on August 3, 1997. This has opened more opportunities and increased accessibility to members.
Driven by innovations and dynamism, the co-op embarked on another project, the Coop Cable TV. It was inaugurated on January 18, 1998. With its increasing viability, CATV services have expanded to neighboring towns. The expansion was a joint venture with the cooperatives of the respective towns.
Barbaza MPC has 10 branches located strategically in Panay Island. Culasi Branch was opened in 2004, Sibalom Branch on July 2007, San Jose Branch on September 2008, Balasan, Iloilo Branch on August 15, 2010, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo on September 8, 2012, and Caticlan Branch, Malay, Aklan on July 6, 2013, Molo Branch, Iloilo on May 18, 2014 and the Kalibo Branch, Aklan on January 24, 2015.
The opening of the branches has resulted in more people served for their financial needs. Barbaza MPC has paved the way towards the betterment of members’ lives.
In line with its efforts and developmental directions, Barbaza MPC is an affiliate of the Antique Federation of Cooperatives (AFFCUI), Visayan Cooperative Development Center (VICTO), Western Visayas Alliance of Cooperatives (WVAC), Philippine Central Fund (PCF), and the National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO).
Different programs are offered by the coop and to name a few are: Financial Intermediary and Savings Mobilization program (Savings/Time Deposit, Lending), Electronic Financial Services (Kaya ATM, Mobile Banking, Money Transfer), Coop Communication and Education Advocacy (Coop Cable TV and Internet, Marketing Programs (Rice Store) Agri-Aqua Programs (Otoshiami, Darag Chicken Contract Growing, Rice/Corn/Abacca Trading), Coop Education Program (BMPC Learning Center, Scholarship Program, Gender and Development), Coop Risk Protection Program (CAC, Lemos, Colisap, Coop Bood Bank), Coop Industrial Assistance Program (BMPC Gas Re-Filling Station), Community Outreach and Members’ Welfare Program (Youth Program, Philhealth Subsidy, Care for Elderly, Bisita Selda, SPES Program, School Feeding, Sped Sponsorship, Gugma sa Koop, Kabalaka Project, Adopt-a-School, Brigada Skwela) Environmental Advocacy Programs (Fisherman’s Day, Tree Growing Project, Coastal Clean-Up, Disaster Risk Reduction Program).
Guided by its mission and vision and adopting COOP-PESOS standards, Barbaza MPC, a multi-awarded coop is paving the way towards transforming and empowering the community – the reason for its birth.
CableTV and Internet
Coop Blood Bank
Entrepreneurial Training for Members
PhilHealth I-group Program
Sugod Bahay Elderly
Barbaza Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BMPC) is one of the biggest and most financially stable cooperative in Western Visayas. It adheres to and adopts the COOP-PESOS standard in financial operation.
BMPC has seven (7) competent Board of Directors and two (2) Elective Committees functioning with high degree of professionalism and commitment in managing the affairs of the cooperative. Each of the Board of Directors handled a portfolio – Network & Linkages, Education, Gender, Youth, Agriculture, Business, Delinquency.
BMPC has four functional appointive committees – Education Committee, Credit Committee, Mediation & Conciliation Committee, and Ethics Committee.
BMPC has an updated Manual of Policies, Systems and Procedure as guide to day-to-day coop transactions.
BMPC offers a wide range of financial and non-financial programs and services to its members and the community.
BMPC operated the Cable TV & Internet servicing subscribers in Barbaza, Laua-an, Bugasong, Patnongon, Belison, Sibalom, San Jose, and Hamtic municipalities.
BMPC has adopted a web-based tri-module accounting system, the “e-koopbanker plus” of NATCCO in mid-2010 and has since harnessed the potential of this system for better and more transparent financial information reporting.
It is actively involved in community development and has close links with LGUs in its area of operation and is very active affiliate of NATCCO.
As partner of LGU in the coastal protection and management (Bantay-Dagat) in tandem with its own Otoshiami operation.
Actively participated with the LGU initiated tree-planting projects in neighboring watersheds in terms of manpower support and reporting in CableTV thru the COOP Patrol (coop community channel) for increased awareness.
Adopted branching as expansion strategy to areas with felt need for cooperative services. Aside from BMPC Main Branch, branches was opened in Culasi, Antique in 2004, Sibalom, Antique in 2007, San Jose, Antique in 2008, Balasan, Iloilo in 2010, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo in 2012, Caticlan, Malay, Aklan in 2013, Molo, Iloilo City in 2014, and Kalibo, Aklan in 2015.
BMPC established its Pre-school Learning Center in July 2010 where nursery and kindergarten pre-schoolers are prepared for the formal schooling.
BMPC operates Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in Barbaza Main Branch, Culasi Branch, Molo Branch, Barotac Viejo Branch, and Kalibo Branch providing 24/7 on-line banking servicing outlets. It has issued Coop ATM cards to its regular and associate members. It offers to its client the Allied Bank’s POS servicing facility at its branches without ATM machine.
BMPC strengthened security by installing CCTV and alarm system, as well as smoke detection system in all branch offices.
BMPC adopted best practices in Resource (water and electricity) Conservation, Good Housekeeping, Emergency Preparedness (Disaster Management), Waste Disposal Management (proper solid waste segregation).
BMPC has won the following awards:
COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (National)
2014 – Top 50 Cooperative out of 23,000+ Cooperative in the Philippines
2015 – 2nd Placer Most Outstanding Primary Cooperative (Large Scale Category)
2015 – Outstanding Community Involvement & Development Programs (Special Citation)
Gawad Parangal 2015 – National Nominee
COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (Regional)
2013 – Most Outstanding Manager (Mr. Felimon M. Espares, CEO)
2014 – Gawad Parangal
2015 – Most Outstanding Primary Cooperative (Large Scale category)
2016 – Most Outstanding Primary Cooperative (Large Scale Category)
2016 – Special Citation Excellence in Providing Financial Products and Services to Members
2017 – NATIONAL 2ND PLACER MOST OUTSTANDING COOPERATIVE LARGE SCALE CATEGORY
2017 – REGIONAL MOST OUTSTANDING COOPERATIVE LARGE SCALE CATEGORY
2015 – 2nd Placer CDA Gawad Parangal as Most Outstanding Primary Cooperative (Large-Scale Category)
2015 – Gawad Parangal Special Citation as Outstanding Community Involvement and Development Program
2016- Gawad Parangal Special Citation Excellence in Providing Financial Products and Services to Members
2016- Gawad Parangal Most Outstanding Primary Cooperative
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