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Difficult as it was for the entire world, it was not that easy also for the cooperative movement to accept the harsh reality that the COVID 19 pandemic has had painful repercussions not only on the individual members but also on the programs and activities that had been lined up even before the start of the current year.
Sudden and extremely impactful as the COVID 19 pandemic is, it would be understandable that the movement, as with any other entity, does not have contingency measures in place to contain a crisis of this magnitude and to cope with its impact on our members and communities. Sadly, despite the availability of medical facilities offered by cooperatives, the practitioners who serve their members may not have the exact know-how in handling a pandemic of this nature.
Yet while the movement has to bear with this dilemma, it is worthy to note the courage, determination and selflessness of our members, whether it be at the level of federations/unions or of primary cooperatives. The essence of COOPERATIVISM WITH COMPASSION which is akin to the Filipino Bayanihan spirit has been made manifest by the coops that continue to provide service to their members affected by the crisis and the communities where they are based by supplying basic hygienic necessities such as alcohol, alcogel and preventive medical items to LGUS. Also included are food and basic products from soap, detergents and cooking oil to packed items like milk, muscovado sugar and bottled sardines that the cooperatives themselves produce and distribute.
While the world is waiting, and praying, for a solution to COVID 19, the endless task of providing service to both members and communities continues among cooperatives, both here and across the globe. The manner with which our cooperators perform their task, i.e. with courage and compassion, is also reflective of the message that ICA (International Cooperatives Alliance) President Ariel Guarco, has recently stressed on social media: “In crisis situations, cooperatives have always been in the forefront with lucidity, audacity and determination. Today, thanks to their inherent solidarity, unity and pioneering spirit, they continue to generate powerful ideas for the benefit of all. Let us continue to communicate, to share relevant information, to appeal to the responsibility and sensibility of the entire cooperative movement.”
Following the issuance of a memorandum by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) to mobilize cooperatives in order to assist the LGUs and the national government in providing help to the front liners, health workers and the poor citizens in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, the co-ops across the country immediately heeded the call. The memorandum also coincided with the growing clamor of various cooperatives for CDA to allow cooperatives to give out the interest on share capital and patronage refund (ISCPR) to their respective coop members. True to its mandate, CDA issued the order on March 26, 2020. CDA even expanded the essence of the Memo that goes beyond the distribution of ISCPR at the height of the present predicament that we are experiencing. It called upon the co-ops “to use their Community Development Fund (CDF) and Optional Fund (OF) to reinforce the prevention and control actions of the government such as buying food packs, vitamins, alcohol, soap and other basic necessities and distribute these to communities that are in dire need of help.”
Even before the release of the said memorandum, coops in different parts of the country have already started performing their noble deeds such as preparing and distributing food packs, PPEs and other essentials to the frontliner–health workers during the first week of the lockdown which began on March 15—in addition to goods and hygienic requisites to their members and communities.
They will continue to provide relief, support and whatever help they can extend, consonant with the timely call of Senator Bong Go “to utilize the cooperatives’ Community Development Fund in order to contribute to the government’s efforts to fight the disease and help their community members mitigate the socio-economic impact of the crisis”.
The invaluable tasks that cooperatives are doing during these trying times is also congruent to the 7th Principle of Cooperatives: Concern for the Community. The cooperatives will continue mobilizing the movement to assist LGUs and provide help to frontliners, health workers and marginalized communities affected by this pandemic. And our cooperators, like soldiers called to battle, have courageously heeded this call. We at the Philippine Cooperative Centre (PCC) and the cooperative movement as a whole, stand for strength, courage in compassion in performing our duty.
Just as cooperatives, by law, continue to provide benefits for their members during this pandemic such as financial compensation for both reporting and non-reporting employees, enhanced benefits for their skeletal work force and a grace period where payment of loans has been temporarily deferred, among others, let us once again acknowledge our cooperatives as soldiers of compassion in the various activities that they continue to undertake.
Allow us to present a random list of coop activities per area during the lockdown:
NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
- A concerted effort among the Philippine Cooperative Centre (PCC), 1Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines (1CISP) from which the bulk of the donation committed for this purpose is coming (P2.5 million), First Community Cooperative (FICCO), Metro South Development Bank (MSCB), San Dionisio Credit Cooperative (SDCC), Novaliches Development Cooperative (NOVADECI) and Tagalog Cooperative Development Centre (TAGCODEC) and Bohol Diocesian Multipurpose Cooperative —for the initial purchase of about P3.5 million worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs)— and distribution to various hospitals that include the Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine General Hospital among others. The Cooperative Health Management Federation (CHMF) and KOOP King Multipurpose Cooperative are the conduits for PCC and the donor coop organizations in helping source and purchase PPEs for distribution to different hospitals in the National Capital Region. Even prior to donating to the concerted effort, 1CISP had separately donated PPEs directly to CHMF.
- The Cooperative Health Management Federation (CHMF) responded to the appeals of our frontliners regarding their need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) because as we all know, there is an ongoing scarcity of supplies in our hospitals especially in NCR both among private and public hospitals. Aside from the PPEs, cleaning materials and disinfectant solutions and food were also given to the frontliners. A budget of Five Hundred Thousand pesos (P 500,000.00) was taken from the CDF fund of CHMF and was utilized for this activity.
- A similar independent effort was initiated by the CLIMBS Life and General Insurance Cooperative (CLIMBS) for frontliners in the South. CLIMBS provided P500,000 worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center‘s Frontliners as part of their P2Million committed funds to help the government in the collective action against COVID19, nationwide.
- An on-going initiative to bring the produce of farmer groups/cooperatives in the North to assist needy communities in NCR has been initiated by the Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC). Aside from NCR, the Aeta communities in Zambales are part of the donee-communities of this on-going effort. Thus far, generous donations have poured in from CLIMBS Life and General Insurance Cooperative (CLIMBS), Metro South Cooperative Bank (MSCB), MASS-SPECC Cooperative Development Center and San Dionisio Credit Cooperative (SDCC). There is a continuing appeal for donations to the effort as this could extend to the recovery period.
- Flavored milk, a famous product of ACDI Multipurpose Cooperative, is being distributed to our frontliners who are helping contain peace and order during the lockdown period.
- First Community Cooperative (FICCO) through the Philippine Cooperative Centerdonated P500,000 to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The cheque donation was handed over to DSWD Undersecretary Felicisimo “Fel” Budiongan by PCC CEO Edwin Bustillos and PCC Admin and Finance Officer Beng Lucero. Moreover, donations in kind for our frontliners were distributed to several hospitals, medical centers (East Avenue Medical Center, Lung Center of the Philippines), police stations (Anonas and Kamuning) and Barangays (Pinyahan, Central, Old Capitol) .
- Aside from free accommodation and free transportation, Barangka Credit Cooperative (BCC) in partnership with LGU Marikina has donated washable face masks and relief bags for their frontline personnel and volunteers; 10 sacks of 25 kgs. of rice as relief assistance for Marikina City’s poorest of the poor and sponsored grocery packs to Barangay Barangka Community. Furthermore, cooperative members were provided with rice assistance and were able to avail of financial relief services like automatic waiving of incurred penalty charges and release of member’s Emergency Savings Fund.
- Paco Savings and Credit Cooperative: the donation for the health and hygiene needs of the Lung Centre of the Philippines STU. This is in addition to relief goods consisting of five kilos of rice, eight different kinds of canned food, four packs of noodles, six pieces of 3-in-1 coffee and extra milk and biscuits for senior citizens. At the same time came the provision of Interest on Share Capital and Patronage Refund to their members. These goods were distributed on March 25, 2020 to the homes of the members and to needy communities via motorcycle delivery apps. The cooperative also offered shelter to the homeless and street dwellers during the lockdown period.
- The second leg of donations to the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Caloocan, MM (one of the three referral hospitals for COVID19 patients by the DOH/Department of Health) was courtesy of NCR League-PFCCO which consisted of 200 sets of bed linens and pillow cases for hospital frontliners.
- Novaliches Development Cooperative (NOVADECI): P3 million allocated for rice subsidy of barangays from the coop’s CDF, in addition to P7 million rice subsidy for all members. P3 million allocated for staff salaries and wages, and each of the regular and non-regular staff including security guards and doctors were provided with P5,000.00 financial subsidy.
- San Dionisio Credit Cooperative (SDCC): aside from donating to PCC for the PPEs and food assistance to needy coop communities, the coop has given a two-month loan moratorium to their members with interest waived (and not just deferred); has also been distributing food packs to all their members, not only to members in good standing (MIGS)
- In response to the current crisis, Top Form Multipurpose Cooperative suspend penalty on members who cannot follow the payment schedule starting March 17 to May 16 of the current year. In addition, five kilos of rice were distributed as aid for members.
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- At La Union Multipurpose Cooperative, employees are preparing and distributing food packs for frontliners as well as their members.
- In addition to providing packed meals to front liners, sanitizers, basic items such as food/cooking oil/hygienic products to their members, health and defense personnel manning the barangays and the communities they serve—plus the sanitation/disinfection of the coop premises, the Nueva Segovia Credit Cooperative (NSCC) has expedited the following activities during the lockdown period:
- — NSCC Business Centre maintaining its operations to provide fresh produce and other daily necessities to the people of Cagayan and nearby towns, plus free rent to vendors during the quarantine period . . .
— the utilization of food line registration for the delivery of rice to different provinces via trucks provided by the Dept. of Agriculture, plus continuous linkages with the said government agency and wholesale farmers for the harvest of vegetables at the NSCC Farmville to add to the supply of fresh produce available at the market.
— maintaining operations of NSCC Plaza for lessees JTC Supermarket, Drug Store and Bakery.
— supplying rice to both members and LGUS from NSCC’s rice milling/processing facilities . . .
— coordination with LGUS and Caritas Nueva Segovia and the Social Action Force of the Catholic Church for needed vehicles to mobilize relief operations.
— donation of 10 gallons of sanitizing alcohol to the Municipality of Duras-Bantay, Ilocos Sur and relief goods to its 34 barangays.
- PFCCO Central Luzon: in coordination with their member-primary cooperatives BSU MPC, Malolos Bulacan/ASSCOM MPC, Apalit, Pampanga/Magandang Kapalaran MPC, Tarlac City/ and their business partner Paramount Life and General Insurance, donation to health work frontliners which include Mary Immaculate Maternity & General Hospital and Malolos Maternity Hospital.
- From 1CISP members: PROVEMCO-Catanduanes, P20,000 cash donation for relief operations to LGUs of Virac and another P10,000 for other LGUs in the island province / donation of sacks of rice to frontliners to the Municipality of Ballesteros and nearby towns, by Nararagan Valley MPC.
- Donation of 10 kilos of rice for regular members covered by their Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga and Nueva Ecija branches, from Ligas Kooperatiba ng Bayan sa Pagpapaunlad . . .
- Donating a sanitizing tent to the RHU Polilio in Quezon Province was the contribution from Rhudarda Multipurpose Cooperative . . .
- In Jones, Isabela province, Kabisig Multipurpose Cooperative lending a helping hand via food as well as relief goods for frontliners, members and the communities around them.
- PFCCO National issuing a memo that mobilizes their members to embark on Covid-19 prevention activities that include the provision of coop vehicles to transport health workers in partnership with LGUs, support of local IATFs by providing food to those manning entry and exit points of various localities, the monitoring of curfew implementation, information dissemination on social distancing and close coordination with and assistance to various LGUs with regard to community quarantine. . .
- Sacks of rice donated to the LGU of their namesake town, represented by Vice Mayor Liling Malazarte, courtesy of the Camarines Sur-based Baao Multipurpose Cooperative . . .
- In Pampanga province, through the mobilization of the Shared Service Facility (SSF) donated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to the shared service facility cooperators in the province, namely, YLM-Yellow Ladies of Mandasig, Women’s Unity Multi-Purpose Cooperative (WUMPC), 5KMPC/Kooperatiba ng mga Kapatirang Kapampangan para sa Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Samahang Kababaihan Pangkabuhayan ng Dulong Ilog (SKPDI), these entities have cleverly and skillfully made use of their scrap fabrics to manufacture quality face masks
- As for Ilocos Sur-based agrarian reform cooperatives (ARC): Suyo Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Cabugao town, an agrarian reform beneficiary organization (ARBO), the provision of alcohol, face masks and vitamin C to the frontliners and the community to each barangay in Cabugao—plus cash donations for food packs for Candon City frontliners through the Candon City Cooperative Development Office; the provision of financial assistance to frontliners of 36 barangays of Sta. Lucia Town, as well as those from Busing Cen-Sur and Busing Norte, courtesy of Conconig East Farmers MPC and Sirmata Agrarian Reform Cooperative; and, the provision of snacks to frontliners by Lintic ARC in the municipality of Banayoyo, Nansuagao ARC in Caoayan town, Sunggiam ARC in San Juan, Biagem ARC in Nagbukel and ALMA ARC in Del Pilar.
- Fatima Multipurpose Cooperative Vigan, Ilocos Sur preparing packed lunches for volunteers and frontliners.
- Caviteno Isabelino Agricultural Cooperative: donation of food and relief goods to frontliners.
- “PROJECT K LIGTAS ” a relief operation program and PROJECT BITUKA ( Bigay at Tulong para sa Kalusugan ng mga frontliners) were launched at the City of Ilagan, courtesy of Holy Trinity Agro-Forestry Multipurpose Cooperative.
- Kailian Multipurpose Cooperative giving face masks, multivitamin systems and immune system boosters to frontliners of San Emilio, Lidlidda, Banayoyo and Candon City, Ilocos Sur.
- Baguio Market Vendors’ Multipurpose Cooperative (BAMARVEMPCO), Baguio City: 100 sacks of rice delivered to Baguio City Government by BAMARVEMPCO Board of Directors and Manager.
- Protective helmets and head gear for front liners, courtesy of ASKI MPC.
- Infanta Credit and Development Cooperative provided food assistance packages to their members.
- Binangonan Development Cooperative (BIDECO) distributed rice relief to their members in good standing (MIGS).
- Sta Elena Farmers MPC extended their assistance to the community of Brgy. Bulala, Rizal, and San Lorenzo of Sta Elena, CamarinesNorte.
- Pangasinan III Electric Cooperative (PANELCO III) extended their resources to the community of Urdaneta City.
- Relief goods distributed among members of Cruz Mentors Multipurpose Cooperative in Occidental Mindoro.
- “Special Cash Assistance” amounting to P1,000.00 to all regular members of Baguio Benguet Community Credit Cooperative.
- Cruz Savings and Development Cooperative (SACDECO) shared their resources through distribution of face masks and snacks for the frontliners among the 49 Barangays of Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur.
- Buenavista Multipurpose Cooperative donating relief goods to frontliners in Bgys. Buanavista, Ambalatungan, Cabulay and Echague Isabela.
- The Most Holy Rosary Cooperative has started giving away for their members and community relief goods. The beneficiary is more than 8000 families.
- Cash grants to beneficiaries in the municipalities of Merida and Cariaga, Leyte, being distributed by Benabaye Primary MPC, in tandem with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
- 28 barangays in San Jose, Antique benefiting from the distribution of relief goods courtesy of San Jose Multipurpose Cooperative, in addition to the distribution of five kilos of rice, three packs of noodles, three cans of sardines, one huge can of coffee, candy and biscuits to frontliners of each barangay in the capital.
- Azucareros in Negros distributing their sugar to ease the burden from ECQ, from Silay City Government Employees MPC.
- 150 food packs, bottled mineral water and stand fans for the Municipalities of 1st District in Iloilo province, and Gumbal District Hospital, courtesy of IPECMPC (Iloilo Provincial Employees and Community MPC). This is in addition to meal packs being prepared and packed by the coop for hospital frontliners, which, in turn, received congratulatory messages from 1CISP as being wonderful for ‘coming together’ to help those frontliners.
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- Natcco Network member cooperative, Vincent Ferrer Parish Multipurpose Cooperative donated P25, 000 gift check to each of the 17 municipalities in the Province of Romblon.
- San Juan Torena Agrarian Reform Cooperative (SJTARC) of Cadiz, City, Negros Occidental: the distribution of relief packs consisting of five kilograms of rice, three packs of noodles, 10 pieces of fresh eggs, and a pack of dried fish to its members, as well as non-agrarian reform beneficiaries from neighboring villages.
- Donation of goods to members and the community it serves, courtesy of Belison MPC Antique.
- Calitan Multipurpose Cooperative, Capiz: donation of relief goods to members and indigenous communities.
- Candijay Teachers Multipurpose Cooperative, Bohol: donation to front liners.
- Food packs prepared by Saint Bernard Multipurpose Cooperative; Southern Leyte being distributed to frontliners.
- Barbaza Multipurpose Cooperative provided relief assistance to members in the form of cash and goods (rice and canned goods).
- Cebu People’s Multipurpose Cooperative offered its buses to major hospitals servicing COVID-19 patients a 24/7 “FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE to frontliners and health workers. Moreover, “Farmers Mobile Market Program” was launched to address logistical and marketing concerns. Produce was brought from member farmers and delivered the same directly to communities and barangays.
- In Bayawan Negros Oriental, frontliners received food packages from Bayawan Community Cooperative.
- In Cagayan de Oro City, Oro Integrated Cooperative providing 14 barangays in the Poblacion district with knapsack sprayers, each containing up to 16 liters of cleaning solution for disinfecting possibly contaminated areas—facilitated by the coop’s CEO himself . . .
- Tagum Cooperative: thru their Community Development Unit donated face masks, disposable gloves and biscuits to front liners, through the City Government of Tagum . . .
- From the Model Cooperative Network, Mindanao Chapter, coops have initiated and implemented Covid19 prevention measures that include the housing of frontliners at Ateneo De Davao Employees Cooperative/ the donation, in Davao de Oro, of materials and health equipment to front liners by Nabunturan Integrated Cooperative/ and through the Provincial Cooperatives Union of Daval del Norte, assistance to NAPC Basic Sector through monitoring of Covid19 incidents.
- The production and donation of 120 bags @50 kilos organic rice for relief operations for five days beginning April 3 to 426 members and 426 households in Bgy. Lanipga, Bula affected by the lockdown, from Pecuaria Development Cooperative.
- 15 gallons of concentrated bleach as disinfectants, given to Barangay 11 in Cagayan de Oro City, by MASS-SPECC Cooperative Development Center.
- MEMPCO Dipolog: ongoing distribution of P1.067M relief assistance of 5kg bags of rice, P300 cash to its 1,977 low-income members under CARE program from two cities and ten municipalities, which began April 1 . . .
- MEMPCO Culianan: total relief assistance of P2,554,200 charged to CDF and members’ benefit expenses.
- The Tailoring Facility of Kidapawan, Bukidnon-based Mediatrix Multipurpose Cooperative diverting their regular production of clothes to that of face masks for frontliners, government offices, members and even walk-in clients. As part of their Coop Community Development Program, they have also donated 300 washable face masks to front liners in the City of Tacurong. This is in addition to its Tulong Panghanapbuhay Sa Atong Displaced Workers (TUPAD) which is in partnership with COOP-NATCCO Partylist, Department of Labor and Employment Region 12, Public Employment Service Office-Kidapawan and Barangay Local Government of Indiangan, Kidapawan City that started on April 13 and will last up to the 22nd . . .
- PPEs and food packs being distributed to frontliners, from Paglaum MPC . . .
- Midsalip Farmers MPC, Zamboanga del Sur: distribution of rice and groceries on a house-to-house basis to PUMs (Persons Under Monitoring) . . .
- Quantum Credit Cooperative, Dipolog City: donation of P30,000 worth of goodies to 35 members as well as those from marginalized communities . . .
- DPWH 10 Multi-Purpose Cooperative donated about 1,000.00 packs of Vitamin C/Multi-Vitamins toALL DPWH Region 10 employees ; P50,000.00 cash aid to Northern Mindanao Medical Center; and released 250 bags of groceries and 250 bags of 25 kgs rice to active cooperative members.
OFFICE OF TRANSPORT COOPERATIVES
Inputs from their website, on how their member-entities from various parts of the country are responding to the pandemic:
- Conner Apayao Movement Transpo Service Cooperative: distribution of sacks of rice and chicken to their members. . .
- Free transport from La Trinidad to Bokod, Benguet, being provided by Bokod Transport Cooperative . . .
- Rice, instant noodles and canned goods being distributed to members of Beckel Transpo Coop.
- Bau Transport Cooperative: rice being distributed to active members . . .
- Murcia Tarlac Capas Bamban Transport Cooperative: rice and goods to active members . . .
- San Pedro Transport Cooperative: rice to active members . . .
- Units being sanitized, implementing social distancing, and the distribution of food packs to the community, all being undertaken by South Metro Transport Cooperative . . .
- Sacks of rice to members, courtesy of Better Pililia Transpo Services Cooperative . . .
- P,2000 loan assistance to members, being provided by Mambulo Transport Cooperative . . .
- Santa Barbara Iloilo Transport Cooperative: food stuff distribution to active members . . .
- Foot disinfection and social distancing measures for frontline operations, plus sacks of rice of members being undertaken by Bukidnon Transport MPC . . .
- Free ride for frontline emergency workers and emergency transpo for medical needs, courtesy of Angat Pilipinas Transport Cooperative . . .
- Rice to active members being distributed by Libra Jeepney Services Cooperative . . .
- P600 emergency fund and rice sacks for active members, being allocated for active members of Amparo Transport Service and MPC . . .
- Sacks or rice, salary and 13-month pay being distributed for Common Transpo Services Cooperative . . .
- Batang Tagaytay Services Cooperative: sacks of rice given to members
- Malunog Gensan Operators and Drivers Transport Cooperative: relief goods for members
- Glan Operators and Drivers’ Transport Cooperative: P2,000 cash assistance to active members
- Free transportation for citizens in Koronadal, in partnership with LGUs being undertaken by United Transpo Operators and Drivers’ Services Cooperative . . .
- Free transportation for frontliners in partnership with LGUs, courtesy of Taguig Transport Services Cooperative . . .
- Free transportation for BPO (call centre) employees and their equipment, being provided by Golden Road Tourist Transport Cooperative . . .
- Naga San Fernando Transport Cooperative: free rice as assistance to covid quarantine . . .
- Pangasinan Group Transport Cooperative: libreng sakay for the community in partnership with Mayor Leopoldo Bataiol . . .
- Happy Island Transport Services Cooperative: P310 per day cash assistance for members who disinfect and sanitize their homes
- P10,000 cash assistance for driver-members, courtesy of Polaris Transpo Cooperative . . .
- Bags of food items, being distributed to members, from Royal Jackpot Lines Transport Cooperative
- Emergency loan of P5,000 for members, free transportation and staff allowance being provided by Trusted Bliss Alliance of Transport MPC . . .
- Free transportation for medical staff in Zamboanga, plus relief goods for drivers, courtesy of Asia’s Latin City Transport Cooperative . . .
- Kaagapay MPC TC: P1,350 financial assistance and P2,000 emergency loan for active members
- Balanga-Orani Transport Cooperative: bags of rice for driver-operator members . . .
- Malabon Jeepney TSC: relief goods being distributed for families affected by the lockdown . . .
- Manila International Airport Transport MPC: bottled water and face masks for personnel guarding checkpoints in Paranaque . . .
- Gawaran Transpo MPC: bags of rice for active members . . .
- Mauban Transport services MPC: relief goods for members . . .
- Agusan Sur Transpo MPC: relief goods for active members . . .
The list of cooperatives providing different kinds of relief work, goods and services will continue to grow, to ease the burden of their members, the communities they serve and the different LGUs. The more they mobilize their resources and engage in concerted efforts, the more they manifest that they have mustered that sense of cooperation especially when the call beckons upon them to perform tasks (or more precisely, multi-tasks) for their members, frontliners and the communities they serve.
Heeding the call of the government, from CDA and PCC to the different federations, unions and affiliate entities, the invaluable deeds that the movement can do—and have proven at these most trying times—manifest that their members are true soldiers of compassion, partnering with the government and among themselves in performing their respective mandates for the good of our country, and in the true spirit of cooperativism.
- The Philippine Cooperative Movement
- The Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC), was organized in 1995 as a body that coordinates national cooperative networks in the country composed of 55 leading federations, unions and large primary cooperatives all over the country and became a Tertiary Cooperative, formally registered at the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) on March 10, 1997 that coincided with the Cooperative Day celebration.The mission of PCC is to serve as the unifying center and transforming voice of the coop movement that will strive for excellence and competitiveness, forge partnerships, and help ensure the accountability of the cooperative sector.PCC is an affiliate of the International Cooperative Alliance. a non-governmental cooperative federation representing 313 cooperative federations and unions in 109 countries.
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Note: The following inputs were also sourced and compiled by Noel C. Dolor, PCC Editorial and Communications Consultant for Coop Voice and the PCC Management Team from the different Facebook accounts of the cooperatives/federations/entities mentioned in bold types. We at PCC are acknowledging, as well as, offering our heartfelt thanks to, the cooperatives cited in our report who have posted their activities and updates.