NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Proverbs 16:4: “The LORD has made everything for His purpose”.
High cost of farm inputs, lack of capital, high interest rate, low farm gate price of produce, poor agri-facilities and short selling of prime commodities, especially sugar in public markets and poverty incidence motivated the eight devolved Agricultural Extension Personnel of Lezo, Aklan to propose for the organization of a new cooperative from a pre-cooperative of Samahang Nayons in addressing the problems of their farmer/member -clienteles.
It happened in 1989, twenty nine years ago when an energetic Municipal Agricultural Officer (MAO), Mrs Emelinda R. Dela Cruz, conducted series of seminars/trainings in 12 barangays. Thereafter the plan to organize a new cooperative was pushed through with only 29 members composed of 8 agricultural personnel and 21 farmer leaders.
It started with an initial paid-up share capital of ₱9,588.54 in 1990 and elected its interim officers and appointed its core management staff on voluntary services. In early 1991, the first consumer store, “Baraka it Banwa”, was established at the old store stall of member Cleofe Cortez at the back of the town plaza, with start-up capital of ₱18,900.00. Consumer goods were sold at an exact weight for sugar at prevailing market price to answer the short selling problem. Store was later transferred to the Lezo Public Market Stall leased from Lezo LGU.
In September 20, 1991, the Lezo Multi-Purpose Cooperative was registered with Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) with an authorized capital of ₱186,000.00.
In July 1993, 6 SNs namely: Poblacion, Sta. Cruz, Sta. Cruz Biga-a, Mina, Bagto, and Bugasongan merged with Lezo MPC, increasing our membership and investment with the Cooperataive Rural Bank. Several years later, the Cooperative amended its By-Laws to increase its capitalization to Two Million Pesos (P2,000,000.00).
In February 17, 2010, Lezo MPC was re-registered under the New Cooperative Code, RA 9520. Lately, the Cooperative amended its By-Laws to increase its capitalization to Fifty Million Pesos (P50,000,000.00). For twenty five years of operation, the Cooperative has increased its membership to 3,630 members with ₱14,404,995.16 paid-up capital, as of December 31, 2017.
The cooperative has engaged in several business enterprises in order to serve the needs of its members. Since 1991, Lezo MPC has been a participant of Land Bank of the Philippines in Palay Production Relending Program, serving the needed capital of rice farmers.
Funds from CARE Philippines and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) were availed to finance the micro entrepreneurs: vendors, pottery and food processors and traders.
The Palay Buying/Trading and Rice Milling Project was started in 1995 with capital sourced out from several Community Development Funds of former Senators: Hon. Francisco “Kit” S.Tatad; Hon. Raul S. Roco; Hon. Ernesto M. Maceda; and Hon. Rodolfo G. Biazon.
By: Mercy Jamoyot Gabasa
Eight (8) out of the 15 technical staff allotted for Cooperative Development Authority – Iloilo Extension Office (CDA-IEO) completed the Training of Trainers on the Business Continuity Management for Cooperatives (BCM) on April 23 - 27, 2018 at Palm Grass the Heritage Hotel, Cebu City.
BCM is a blended learning program, which is an on-line and face-to face approach to learning brought in partnership between CDA and Human Leadership Academy Philippines (HLA).
It aims to describe how Business Continuity Plan (BCP) helps manage economic-losses, protects employees and gains client confidence, build a BCP for natural and human – induced hazards, assess the accuracy of a BCP and emphatize with business stakeholders (workers and clients) to support BCP efforts.
The 5-day TOT-2nd batch for Visayas Island (1st batch was in Luzon Island) was attended by 25 technical staff, eight (8) males and seventeen (17) females, selected by the Regional Directors of Iloilo, Cebu and Tacloban CDA - Extension Offices based on the following: Be knowledgeable in internet application; has experience in training delivery as resource person; must be willing to be a part of the trainers at the national level; and has skills and experience in training management and facilitation.
Ms. Mary Grace M. Sangcada, Chief, Cooperative Project Development Assistancce Section (CPDAS)/Sr. Cooperative Development Specilialist (CDS), Ms. Lanelyn T. Belicena, CDS II; Antique, Jonilyn D. Vestidas, CDS II, MIS; Ms. Maria Elena M. Liguaton, PCDS, Negros Occidental; Mr. Mario I. Muñoz, PCDS, Aklan; Mr. Vincent J. Unarce, CDS II, Iloilo/Iloilo City and Ms. Ma. Ginette T. Barranco, CDS II, Registration, including the author were the participants that actively participated and completed the course.
They will serve as an advocates or link of the program in diffusing the idea with partner-clients toward building resilient cooperatives through Business Continuity Plan (BCP), which is the core of the 5-day course: Step 1. Understanding My Cooperative; Step 2. Knowing My Cooperative’s Important Activities; Step 3. Determining Disaster Risks and Scenarios; Step 4. Strategizing for My Cooperative’s Survival; Step 5. Testing My Cooperative Plans; and Step 6. Improving My Cooperative Plans. It ended with the Facilitation Effectiveness Review and actual simulation excersice through Demo Teaching.
By: Mercy Jamoyot Gabasa & Cassy Jimeno
ILOILO CITY, March 12, 2018 -- The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) – Iloilo Extension Office in partnership with the Federation of Iloilo City Cooperatives (FEDICCO) conducted the KOOPERATIBALITAAN as highlights of the 28th CDA Anniversary Commemoration with a well-chosen theme, “Cooperatives as members-owned, value-based, and sustainable, are advancing prosperity for all thru Biyaya ng Pagbabago”.
The CDA was created by virtue of RA 6939, An Act Creating the Cooperative Development Authority to promote the viability and growth of cooperatives as instruments of equity, social justice and economic development on March 10, 1990.
KOOPERATIBALITAAN on the other hand is a convergence of all stakeholders of the cooperative movement, as venue for sharing the latest rules, regulations, issuances, cooperative best practices and updates from CDA, cooperatives and other partner agencies.
This year, March 10, 2018 marked another milestone in the life of the cooperative movem
ent, as its lead government agency reached 28th fruitful year of performing its mandate in promoting and creating an environment
conducive to the growth and development of cooperatives.
The regional get-together was attended and participated by 68 cooperatives and 128 (43 male and 85 female)cooperative advocates and leaders accross the region.
FEDICCO Chairperson Maria Cabag delivered her heartwarming welcome and Atty. Arnel D. Agrasada, CDA – IEO Regional Director gave his opening message expressing his gratefullness in positively responding to the call in such a short notice.
Several topics were shared and discussed during the gatherings: CDA Updates & MC 2017-04, Series of 2017 by Ms. Mercy J. Gabasa, Chief, CRITS; State of the Cooperative Movement in Western Visayas, SMCBU and MCs related to Share Capital by Ms. Mary Grace M. Sangcada, Chief, CPDAS; MC 2017 – 06 Series of 2017, Joint MC of CDA – OTC, MCs 2015-07, 2011-20 and 2010 – 05 and Updates of Registration Section by Ms. Ma. Joyce S. Losarion, Chief, Registration and MC 2017-05, Series of 2017 and Annual Compliance Review of Mandatory Reports by Ms. Venus A. Obsiana, Head, SEU.
Supervising CDS Remia C. Enojas attended the Indigenous People Visayas Cluster Convergence (IPVCC) Meeting held last April 30, 2018 at the Mansion, Iloilo City. The meeting was headed by the Office of the Cabinet Secretary. All government agencies with their Assistance Secretary, Regional Directors, Asst. Regional Directors and authorized representatives attended the said meeting. The following areas being tackled are the IP Boracay and domain, IP Needs, Consolidated Ancestral domain and protection plan and the proposed Ist IP Visayas Cluster Convergence Summit which will be held on May 28-30, 2018 in Iloilo City. The expected guest and participants are IP Youth, elders, leaders, IP MRs and women which will come from Region VI-400, R-VII-100, R-VIII-50 and all IPVCC members.
The cluster Committee expected a full support, participation and commitments of each agency for the success of the Ist IP Visayas Convergence Summit in Iloilo City.