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NATCCO @ 46: Excellence, Digitalization, & Integration

Posted January 23, 2023


The NATCCO Network celebrates on January 23 its 46th Anniversary with NATCCO Managers Club conducting a Leaders and Managers Forum through online meeting.  

NATCCO Chairperson Romulo Caceres from San Isidro Development Cooperative (SIDC) in Naga City welcomed the participants and gave a short history of the transition of the NATCCO from a tertiary federation – composed of regional co-op federations - into a secondary federation comprising primary co-operatives. 

“It was a historic event, the decision to become a secondary.  I was then the presiding officer of the NATCCO Board in 2004.  There was a deadlock as some voted against the transformation.   Now, the members of NATCCO are the primary co-ops. Now, we are more than 870 member-cooperatives across the country.  This is one of the indicators that co-operativism is running.  That is why I personally go around the country for me to know the status of the cooperative movement. In my personal assessment – and it was concurred by other co-op leaders – my decision to transform (into a secondary federation) was right.  Our numbers today in our Key Result Areas are good indicators!”

Leaders of other co-op federations sent congratulations as well. 

Divine Quemi, former NATCCO Chairperson in 2015, current Chairperson of the Philippine Cooperative Center, and also CEO of Ilocos-based Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives (NSCC), said: “Sa ngalan ng PCC at NSCC, binabati ko ang NATCCO Network ng HAPPY 46TH Anniversary.  Marami nang nai-ambag ang NATCCO sa mga kooperatiba, lalo na sa edukasyon ng mga liderato sa larangan ng pamamahala ng kooperatiba.  Ipagpatuloy pa rin natin ang naumpisahan ng NATCCO - ang pag-bigay ng financial services sa ating mga kooepratiba at technical assistance at mga digital na pangangailangan ng kooperatiba.  Ipagpatuloy po natin ang mga innovations na na-umpisahan na ng NATCCO.  Nagsimula po ako sa NATCCO mula sa training!”  (In the name of the PCC, I congratulate the NATCCO Network on its 46th Anniversary.  NATCCO has contributed much to co-ops – especially in education for leaders in the operations of co-ops.  Let us continue what NATCCO has started, from financial services to technical assistance in digitalization.  Let us continue the innovations started by NATCCO.  I started my training with NATCCO!)

Elenita San Roque, CEO of the Bangkok-based Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (AACCU) said: “You deserve all the congratulations!  NATCCO was very blest from the very first day. Every organization has a purpose – your work impacts the lives of people directly or indirectly.  The only difference is the scale.  Your impact is on more than 7.1 million people and has immense potential to enlarge its scale.  We improve the lives of Filipinos.   Your organization has leaders and staff who are dedicated and lose themselves to the purpose of cooperatives.  Whatever you dream, it will be achieved!”

Balu Iyer, Executive Director of International Cooperative Alliance in Asia-Pacific with offices in India, said: ““We extend our congratulations on you 46th year.  The ICA is privileged to have NATCCO as one of our members for 42 years. In 46 years NATCCO has grown to be the largest co-op federation in the Philippines with 7.1 million members, co-op membership, geographical reach, and array of services. These all speak volumes of NATCCO’s strengths, which have been the Central fund, Stabilization Fund, education and training, and enduring advocacy efforts, and even representation in Congress thru COOP-NATCCO partylist.  You have committed to help co-ops achieve the ICA 2030 Vision and UN’s Sustainable Goals. Over the years, NATCCO has remained steadfast in pushing the value of self-help to enable people to improve their lives and in pushing Climate Action.  We wish you many more years of service.”

Joy Encabo, Chairperson of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) pledged full support: “Sa lahat ng kabahagi ng NATCCO, sa pamumuno ni Sylvia Paraguya, nais kong ipabatid ang malugod na pagbati sa inyong 46th taon.  Magalak kong pinapabatid na saludo ako sa inyo sa pagpapatuloy na ipa-unlad ang kapakanan ng mga mamayan.  Naging matiyaga tayo nung pandemya at naipabangon ang mga kooperatiba.  Naitupad natin ang ating hangaring ekonomiko at kultural. Patuloy na susuporta ang CDA sa inyong mga proyekto sa paggunita ng inyong 46th Anniversary.  Mapalalim pa sana ang inyong Samahan!” (To all the stakeholders of NATCCO I send my heartfelt greetings on your 46th year.  I salute your continuing thrust to improve the welfare of the Filipino people.  You have been patient during the pandemic and you have raised co-ops to recovery.  We have also continued to move toward our economic and cultural aspirations.  The CDA will continue support for NATCCO on its 46th Anniversary.  I pray that you deepen your unity!)

The National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO Network) was established in 1977 and today comprises 870 cooperatives with consolidated assets of 320 Billion Pesos owned by 7.1 Million individual members. NATCCO’s mission is to build safe and sound cooperatives that can deliver quality financial services to improve the quality of lives of the people. 

NATCCO’s services are clustered into three: Business (Treasury & Credit, and Payment Services which includes the KAYA ATMs, mobile app, and POS ); Support Services (Education, Training and Consultancy; Information Technology; Microfinance Innovation in Cooperatives; Member Relations & Networking; and advocacy); and Monitoring and Self-Regulation thru the Stabilization Fund System.

NATCCO is ISO certified in three categories beginning 2008: Quality Management System (ISO 9001:2015), Environmental and Management System (ISO 14001:2015), and Occupational Health & Safety Management (ISO 45001:2018).

In 2021, NATCCO received the WOCCU Digital Award for the Kaya Payment Platform. NATCCO is accredited with various institutions: TESDA TVET provider of Certified Co-operative and Management Program Level 4 in 2022, and with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) as Training Provider.

NATCCO also holds leadership positions in the Philippines and around the world: Board seats in ICA-Asia Pacific and the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (AACCU); Aflatoun International, Inc, Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC), Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO), and the Foundation for a Sustainable Society Inc. (FSSI).


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