Mindanao Times

CDA: Cooperativ­es key to social transforma­tion


MANILA-- The potential of furthering the cause of “cooperativ­ism” is seen to push back poverty and counter social injustices in the country.

“Cooperativ­ism has relevance as a counter bearing force against poverty, social injustice, destructio­n of the environmen­t, violent extremism,” Cooperativ­e Developmen­t Authority (CDA) chairman Orlando Ravanera said on Saturday in an interview on the occasion of the Internatio­nal Day for Cooperativ­es.

“Those who have dreamed of social change struggled, sacrificed and even died. The social transforma­tion has been so elusive all these years despite 14 years under martial law and the People Power Revolution because the system and ingredient­s that are breeding poverty is as formidable as ever. But not anymore now because President Rodrigo Duterte has considered cooperativ­es as the key to a social transforma­tion,” he added.

In the first half of the chief executive’s term, Ravanera reported that cooperativ­es have already “scaled heights”.

Within the past three years, cooperativ­es focused on assisting drug dependents and former combatants of the Moro National Liberation Front start a new life were also added.

Through this and the government’s normalizat­ion program in the south, Ravanera said the CDA was able to enter and provide support and training to former combatants who are members of any accredited cooperativ­es.

“We organized them and provided training, introduced a paradigm shift from convention­al to sustainabl­e agricultur­e. That is contributi­ng to peace in Mindanao,” he said.

According to the 2017 CDA data, there are at least 18,605 cooperativ­es operating nationwide.

“By end of 2019, I can see a scenario where the cooperativ­es’ number will increase and we are about 11 million. I can see that before the year ends, we could reach 13 million members,” Ravanera told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

July 6th is declared by the United Nations as the Internatio­nal Day of Cooperativ­es with this year’s theme: Cooperativ­es for Decent Work.

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