3.5T coop members to attend 12th national coop summit in Cebu on Oct. 16-18

September 11, 2014 5:47 am 

CEBU CITY, Sept. 10 — Some 3,500 coop members from all over the country are expected to attend the 12th National Cooperative Summit on Oct. 16-18 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

The Philippine Cooperative Central Fund Federation (PCF) said the summit, which carries the theme “Coops 2020: Raising the Bar,” will discuss ways to improve the condition of the country’s poor.

Florence Camillo, Cooperative Summit accommodation committee chair, said the United Nations (UN) has recognized cooperatives around the world as a vehicle for economic development of poor families.

Camillo said a cooperative summit is held every two years.

The last summit was held in Cagayan de Oro City in 2012, declared as the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) by the UN.

She said there are now more than 23,000 cooperatives in the country that are under the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), as mandated by Republic Act (RA) 9520, or the Cooperative Code of the Philippines.

Camillo said different cooperatives will share in the summit how they help improve the lives of their poor members.

The 3rd National Cooperative Summit was held at Grand Convention Center in Cebu City last Nov. 6-8, 1997.

It was attended by then President Fidel V. Ramos and 5,000 cooperators from Asia and Europe.

In that summit, the organizers identified ways to promote viability and competitiveness in the cooperative business; evolve a mechanism for effective support services to sustain community development; and come up with a legislative agenda to address their requirements.

Delegates in the 1997 summit came from Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Brunei, Germany and Indonesia.

She said the summit is headed by the Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC), with Victo National and PCF as the local hosts. (PNA)

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