ICOPED Hosts 2nd CEM Seminar Series 2015
The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) in cooperation with the Graduate School (GS) conducted the 2nd CEM Seminar Series 2015 at the ICOPED Auditorium on March 12, 2015 with the title “Advancing the Cooperatives Spirit: The Case and Experience of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, School of Agriculture and Cooperatives and its Academic Programs” The speaker was Dr. Anucha Wittayakorn-Puripunpinyoo, Associate Professor and Director of Cooperatives Studies at the said University in Thailand.
The first part of the presentation was about the Academic Programs of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU). The University was officially established by Royal Charter on 5 September 1978 as Thailand’s eleventh state university. STOU received its first academic class on 1 December 1980 and began with three schools of study: Educational Studies, Liberal Arts and Management Science. STOU was the first university in Southeast Asia to use the distance learning system. This new system of learning expanded the role of higher education in Thailand by engaging learners who previously had no opportunity to further their education. Since its establishment, STOU has enabled the development of individuals and communities throughout Thailand and beyond. There are 12 schools of study in the university: School of Agricultural Extension and Cooperatives, School of Communication Arts, School of Economics, School of Educational Studies, School of Health Science, School of Human Ecology, School of Law, School of Liberal Arts, School of Management Science, School of Nursing, School of Political Science and School of Science and Technology.
From the beginning, the University has been entirely focused on distance education. Courses are developed by course teams, the main teaching media are printed materials that are mailed to students and in 1985 the idea of e-learning arrived, the use of computers in education. The STOU networks consist of ten Regional Distance Education Centers that provide comprehensive university services in each region of the country.
The second part of the presentation dealt on the cooperative movement in Thailand. According to the Cooperative Societies Act B.E. 2542 (1999) of Thailand “Cooperative is defined as a group of persons who jointly conduct affairs for socio-economic interests on the basis of self-help and mutual assistance, and are registered under the Act". They also have Farmer Groups consisting of persons engaged in agricultural production and conducting activities with the objective of mutual assistance in all agricultural undertakings. However, the farmer groups cannot yet form a cooperative in accordance with the Act unless they satisfy the criteria and methods prescribed in the Cooperative Act. Unlike in the Philippines with 20 types of cooperative, there are only seven types in Thailand namely: agricultural, fishery, land settlement, consumer, thrift and credit, service and credit union. There are 11,174 cooperative and farmer groups as of January 2014. At the National level, consumer, thrift and credit, service and credit union cooperatives could form the League, but the agricultural, fishery and land settlement will have to form first the Provincial Agricultural Federation before it could form one at the National level.
The cooperative businesses were credit, purchasing, marketing and agricultural extension service. In credit the cooperative provides loans to members at low interest rate; in purchasing the cooperative buy all necessities in bulk for resell to members at low price when compared to other stores; in marketing the cooperative collect all of the members’ produce and products and sell in nearby markets; and in agricultural extension service the cooperative provide the members with technical assistances to improve productivity. Cooperatives in Thailand are exempted from paying taxes.(AB Peria)
ICOOP2015: The 2nd International Conference on Cooperatives
Conference co-chairs: Dr. Isabelita M. Pabuayon, Dean, College of Economics and Management, UP Los Baños, and Dr. Zenaida M. Sumalde, Director, Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprises Development, College of Economics and Management, UP Los Baños
The conference is organized by the Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) and the College of Economics and Management (CEM), University of the Philippines Los Baños. It is a fitting event for the celebration of the Centennial Year of Philippine Cooperatives. The conference will feature
- Cooperative education and capability building
- Cooperative enterprise development
- Innovations and best practices in cooperative management
- Cooperative finance
- ICT/database management for cooperatives
- Women and youth in cooperatives
- Role of cooperatives in environmental sustainability
- Cooperatives and food security
For the full Call for Papers, click here.
ICOPED planning workshop 2015
The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) conducted its Planning Workshop on January 23, 2015 at the ICOPED Auditorium. The objective of the planning workshop was to set directions for the year. The Planning Team composed of the faculty, REPS, and Administrative staff of the Institute planned out for one year activities in terms of Instruction, Research, and Extension/Training. The activities identified for instruction were review of COST Courses, promotion of Master of Management major in Cooperative Management (MM-CM) among cooperative stakeholders and planning for the off campus offering of selected COST and Management courses. The activities for extension/training are the following: conduct of Training of Trainers of Accredited Training Providers (ATPs) of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), conduct of R.A. 9520 prescribed trainings for Calamba Cooperatives and Livelihood and Development Department (CLDD), Bio-Enterprise Training for coop members, provide assistance to CDA in the preparation for the Celebration of Cooperative Centennial in the Philippines, production of Audio Visual Presentation (AVP) about ICOPED, conduct of International Conference on Cooperatives and Agribusiness in collaboration with UP Mindanao, re-echo Impact Assessment Training for CEM Faculty and Staff, and publication of the Proceedings of the National Conference on Cooperative into a book. Core Extension Program that includes Conduct of Round Table Discussions on Issues Related to Cooperatives and Conduct of Cooperative Awareness Seminars among high School and College students in Los Baños was also laid out. The identified research activities includes the conduct of research under UPLB Basic Research Fund (3 research proposals submitted for funding to OVRCE), follow up research proposals (2 proposals) submitted to UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP-CIDS) and the Cooperative Education and Training Programs of Japan and the Philippines: A Cross Country Comparison. In addition, the writing of monograph from the Cases of cooperatives conducted under the World Class Fund was also included as priority research output of the Institute. Furthermore, a research proposal on “Rapid Content Development and Cooperation between CDA and HEIs” will be prepared for submission to CHED. Core research activities that include writing of working papers on the cases of cooperatives conducted and conduct of new case studies of Cooperatives will be pursued. Administrative concern were also identified and discussed during the workshop.
The workshop was facilitated by the Director, Dr. Zenaida M. Sumalde and Professor Karen P. Quilloy. The outcome of the planning workshop offered opportunities for the staff to exercise responsibility for the future of the organization (ABPeria).
New ICOPED Discussion Paper
Two new ICOPED discussion paper have been uploaded for dissemination and feedback - please send your comments to email@example.com
- ICOPED Working Paper Series 2014 - 01: First Cooperative Roundtable Discussion on “Green Cooperatives”
- COOPERATIVE ORIENTATION SEMINAR FOR THE YOUTH: Activity Report
ICOPED Co-sponsor the Cooperative Month Celebration
“KOOPERATIBA: Maaasahan sa Pagsulong ng Kabuhayan at Kapayapaan ng Bayan”. This was the theme of the Cooperative Month Celebration that Southern Tagalog Regional Cooperative Development Council (STARCDC) and Cooperative Development Authority-Calamba Extension Office (CDA) co-sponsor with the Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) last October 9, 2014 at ICOPED Auditorium, CEM, UPLB. Among the activities included the CDA Gawad Parangal Regional Ceremony; Launching of Southern Tagalog Union of Cooperatives; Presentation of Line Agencies Cooperative Program; and Gender and Development (GAD) Mainstreaming on Cooperatives. A total of 113 participants representing from all the provinces in Region 4 were present. The 2014 Regional Winner of CDA Gawad Parangal were: 1) Certificate of Commendation for the Cooperative Participants ( Imus Institute Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Makiling Forestry Credit Cooperative, Most Holy Rosary Multi-Purpose Cooperative); 2) Regional Nominees for Outstanding Cooperative-Medium Category ( Cavite Metro Credit Cooperative, Brooke’s Point Public Elementary School Teachers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, NIA Region IV Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative (NEMCO); 3) Regional Nominees Outstanding Cooperative-Large Category (Calapan Labor Service Development Cooperative (CALSEDECO); 4) Outstanding Local Government Unit-City Cooperative Development Office Category (Cooperatives and Livelihood Development Department City Government of Calamba); Region IV Outstanding Council Chairperson-Post Humous Award (Florante V. Saet, Ph.D.) and Region IV Cooperative Ambassador ( Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto) .The regional line agencies that presented their Cooperative Programs were: Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Landbank of the Philippines (LBP). Ms. Maide O. Jader was the speaker on GAD and the GAD focal person of the City of Tayabas and Government Employee of Tayabas Multipurpose Cooperative.
Congressman Rico B. Giron gave an inspirational message and expressed that in gathering like this, those who are not in the cooperative movement should be invited, because cooperative is within the inclusive growth approach of development. There is a need to encourage more people to join the cooperative. There is limited number of successful farmers cooperative, may be because, of the limited capability of the farmers to grow and develop their cooperative enterprises. They are not yet open to the idea of integration of small cooperatives to become big. Cooperatives must be ready in the full implementation of ASEAN integration in 2015.
Dr. Eulogio T. Castillo, OIC-Chair, CDA and former Director and Professor of ICOPED was the key note speaker. According to him the activity is a sort of a homecoming and a gathering as well. He said that the challenge is great in Region 4 being second in the Philippines in the cooperative movement in terms of assets, have party list representative in the congress and two became CDA Chair. He added that the cooperative movement is parallel with the situation of the national economy because the development of cooperative goes with the development of the economy. Cooperatives were successful in developed countries. He mentioned that based on record cooperative in the Philippines started in 1914. Thus, at the Cooperative Summit in Cebu held on October 16-18, 2014 CDA declared that 2014 as the centennial year of cooperative in the Philippines however, the celebration is in 2015(ABPeria).