Cel­e­brat­ing 103 Years Of Coops’ Con­tri­bu­tion To Na­tion Build­ing

PCC hosts 14th Na­tional Co­op­er­a­tive Sum­mit

The Philippine Star - - NEWS -

To forge greater unity among co­op­er­a­tives and build stronger part­ner­ships with the govern­ment, more than 3,700 mem­bers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous co­op­er­a­tives na­tion­wide re­cently gath­ered for the 14th Na­tional Co­op­er­a­tive Sum­mit at the SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, SM Premier in Lanang, Davao City.

Or­ga­nized by the Philip­pine Co­op­er­a­tive Cen­ter (PCC) and the Co­op­er­a­tive Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (CDA) with the Min­danao Al­liance of Self help So­ci­eties, Inc.-South­ern Philip­pines Ed­u­ca­tional Co­op­er­a­tive Cen­ter, Inc. (MASS-SPECC) as lo­cal host, the two-day event, which ran from Oct. 3 to 4, was a huge suc­cess for the co­op­er­a­tive move­ment as the num­ber of at­ten­dees greatly ex­ceeded the ex­pec­ta­tions of the or­ga­niz­ers.

With the theme “Over­com­ing Chal­lenges, Suc­ceed­ing To­gether un­der One Apex,” the 14th Na­tional Co­op­er­a­tive Sum­mit em­pha­sized the role of the move­ment in help­ing small co­op­er­a­tives part­ner with their big­ger coun­ter­parts. This ini­tia­tive helped the co­op­er­a­tive move­ment ful­fill its lofty aim of be­ing a potent and ef­fec­tive so­cioe­co­nomic force in sup­port­ing the present govern­ment’s anti-poverty and in­clu­sive devel­op­ment pro­grams. At the same time, it in­stilled the con­cept of ‘co­op­er­a­tion through mu­tual help’ among a grow­ing po­ten­tial mem­ber­ship base, which now num­bers 14 mil­lion na­tion­wide.

Co­in­cid­ing with the sum­mit was the newest sta­tus of PCC as the apex of co­op­er­a­tives in the coun­try. This apex sta­tus of PCC be­stows upon the Philip­pine co­op­er­a­tive move­ment with global recog­ni­tion and en­hanced par­tic­i­pa­tion in in­ter­na­tional coop-re­lated events. PCC is an ac­tive mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tive Al­liance (ICA), the global non-gov­ern­men­tal co­op­er­a­tive apex rep­re­sent­ing 313 co­op­er­a­tive fed­er­a­tions and unions in 109 coun­tries.

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