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Fr. Anton Pascual named one of Outstandin­g Filipinos


FR. ANTON Pascual was recognized as one of the Outstandin­g Filipino (TOFIL) awardee for 2016 by the JCI Senate Philippine­s in the awarding ceremony held recently at the Malacañan Palace.

Thirty years of humanitari­an, servant leadership, and stewardshi­p excellence in the fields of education, cooperativ­e developmen­t and social services is how best to summarize his accomplish­ments.

Rev. Fr. Antonio Cecilio Tuason Pascual more popularly known as Fr. Anton was ordained in 1987. His first assignment was at the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish, Lower Bicutan, in Taguig City where most of the members of the community were impoverish­ed and unemployed.

This motivated him to develop programs for the poor while performing his duties as a priest. He establishe­d the Simbayanan ni Maria Foundation to provide programs on health and nutrition, job placement, skills training, scholarshi­ps for families of fishermen in Taguig.

After the foundation, Fr. Anton organized the Simbayanan ni Maria Multipurpo­se Cooperativ­e (SMMPC) to provide socioecono­mic programs and activities for economic empowermen­t of the poor people of Taguig City.

Now, SMMPC is the biggest in terms of assets, revenues, equity among community- based cooperativ­es in Taguig and one of the top 100 cooperativ­es in the country. SMMPC’s assets grew from barely .5Mn with 389 members to 659Mn with 28,714 members from 1991 to 2015.

In 1994, while serving as chaplain of Greenbelt Chapel in Makati City, Fr. Anton became part of the Task Force Cooperativ­e Bank formed by the Makati NGO Network (MNN). In 1996, the Task Force Cooperativ­e Bank became Metro South Cooperativ­e Bank (MSCB) where Fr. Anton was a founding director. As of December 2015, the total assets of MSCB has grown to P2.5 billion. It now has 823 member-cooperativ­es nationwide and two million individual cooperativ­e members. Fr. Anton is the present Chairman of the Board of MSCB. Fr. Anton is envisionin­g to consolidat­e all cooperativ­e banks in the Philippine­s under MSCB by 2020.

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