DAVAO CITY (PIA) - More than 3,000 members of various cooperatives nationwide gathered in Davao City for the three-day National Cooperative Summit (NCS) organized once in every two years by the Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC).
Bannering the theme, "Overcoming Challenges, Succeeding together Under One APEX," this year's NCS is seen to result in unifying the cooperative sector, empowering the small ones and integrating "to achieve a much stronger cooperative sector", said PCC Chairperson, Dr. Gary Leonardo in a press conference held October 3. The summit ran from October 3 to October 5
In the same press conference, Admin Benjie Oliva, representing the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) looked forward to stronger partnership of cooperatives with either the local and national governments.
He saw a productive collaboration to happen between the cooperative sector and the government especially during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte who had made available substantial funds for poverty alleviation and inclusive development.
Oliva is optimistic of the cooperative sector's capacity to transact with and produce for the government with P200-billion gross combined volume of assets of some 27,000 cooperatives which have more than 14 million members.
CDA strongly pitched for cooperativism as the co-convenor of the Coop Summit which also has drawn support from the Office of the Supervised Agencies of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary. It also conveys a statement of support through Undersecretary John Titus J. Vistal.
The topics during Day 1 were; "The Strategic Direction of the Philippine Cooperative Movement" and "The Cooperative Youth Expectation and Contribution in Support of the Cooperative Movement." CDA Chairperson Orlando Ravanera delivered the State of the Cooperative Address.
Observing transparency, the 14th National Cooperative Summit reported the previous cooperative summit held in 2016. Other concerns tackled on the 2nd day is the creation of the Philippine Cooperative Apex and presentations of the pillars on Financial , Producers and Marketing; and on Education, Information and Advocacy. (PIA XI/Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)