2013 National Conference on Cooperatives
The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) hosted the 2013 National Conference on Cooperatives (NCC) held on November 7 at ICOPED Auditorium with a theme “Green Cooperatives for Sustainable Agricultural Development”. The 2013 NCC provides a platform for exchange of substantial and quality information as well as meaningful debate among scholars and high profile practitioners on the status and prospects of cooperatives as green bio-enterprises. The objectives of the Conference are to: disseminate current information on the status and development trends; feature model cooperatives to illustrate best practices; identify continuing concerns; and determine ways and means of addressing remaining challenges in the Philippine cooperative sector.
There were 15 paper presenters on the four sub-themes that included: cooperative initiatives in environmental conservation and sustainability; status and development trends for cooperatives as bio-enterprises; towards enhancing competitiveness of green cooperatives; agrarian reform cooperatives as viable sustainable bio-enterprises. A total of 105 participants attended the conference which consists of academicians, policymakers, professionals, cooperative officers/members and practitioners, and government development officers. It was sponsored by UP Los Baños, UPLB Foundation Inc., Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), and the Office of the Laguna Provincial Government.
From the papers presented it is interesting to note the different prospects and challenges of cooperatives that included: encouraging more cooperatives to adopt green practices; active promotion of green cooperatives; improvement in management capability, financial systems, and skills and expertise development of cooperatives; enhancing product and market development, particularly for organic and other eco-friendly products; and addressing the weaknesses and meeting the challenges of green cooperatives will open greater opportunities for improving the income and quality of life of its members and community.
The body would like to pursue two resolutions: (1) requesting ICOPED, CEM, UPLB to define/clarify the meaning of Green Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprises for information and guidance of all cooperatives and other interested entities and incorporating the same in the cooperative programs at the national and local levels, and (2) requesting Hon. Manuel A. Roxas II, Sec. of DILG to facilitate the amendment of RA 7160 known as the Local Government Code of 1991 to incorporate the creation of the Department of Cooperatives in all City and Provincial Governments.
NCC 2013 guests and participants pose for a photo souvenir.
2013 National Conference of CooperativesICOPED, CEM, UPLB, Laguna, Philippines
7 November 2013
Theme: Green Cooperatives for Sustainable Bio-Enterprise Development
The 2013 National Conference of Cooperatives (NCC) provides a platform for exchange of substantial and quality information as well as meaningful debate among scholars and high-profile practitioners on the status and prospects of cooperatives as green bio-enterprises.
ICOPED Auditorium, College of Economics and Management - At the main UPLB gate, you will see a low building surrounded by pink flowering shrubs (Dona Aurora): this is the auditorium where the conference will be held. Entry is on the far side, so pedestrians should follow the pathway (on the viewer's left side of the building) while vehicles should turn right from the gate then left to the parking area.
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For inquiries, please contact
Dr. Zenaida M. Sumalde
Tel/Fax: +63 49 536 3266
Training Schedule at ICOPED
We are inviting cooperative managers to attend the following Training schedule of ICOPED.A. The trainings were as follows:
1. Effective Communications Skills (ECS) – November 18-20, 2013
2. Human Resource Management (HRM) – November 27-29, 2013
3. Entrepreneurial and Business Management (EBM) – December 3-6, 2013
B. Venue – ICOPED, CEM, UPLB, College, Laguna
C. ECS, HRM, EBM trainings are required of the manager of cooperatives only, however, the chairman of the BOD are encouraged to attend. Since the target is 15 participants the training fee is PhP1,000.00/day/person payable to UPLBFI. In addition, 1 meal and 2 snacks cost PhP 200/person/day payable directly to the caterer. D. Registration For confirmation/inquiries of attendance please contact Ms. Anselma C. Manila or Ms. Arminga B. Peria at Tel. No. 049-536-3266 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
ICOPED-CDA-STARCDC Conduct the Review and Updated the PCMTDP 2011-2016
The Cooperative Development Authority Calamba Extension Office (CDA-Calamba Extension Office) in collaboration with the Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) and Southern Tagalog Regional Cooperative Development Council (STARCDC) conducted the review and updating of the Philippine Cooperative Medium Term Development Plan (PCMTDP) 2011-2016 on August 6, 2013 at ICOPED Auditorium, UPLB, College, Laguna.
A total of 41 participants from Region 4 that included representatives from CDA, ICOPED, Cooperative Union of Cavite (CUC), Laguna Provincial Cooperative Development Office (LPCDO), Laguna Provincial Cooperative Development Council (LPCDC), Batangas Provincial Development Office (BPCDO), Department of Interior and Local Government Region 4A (DILG-4A), Department of Trade and Industry Region 4A, (DTI-4A) League of Cooperative Development Officers of the Philippines – Rizal (LCDOP-Rizal), Rizal Provincial Cooperative Development Council (RPCDC), Quezon Union and Federation of Cooperatives (QFUC), Likhang Kaviteno Foudation, Inc. (LKFI), Morong Retailer Cooperative (MORECO), Marinduque Provincial Cooperative Development Council (MPCDC) attended the review. Hon. Rico B. Geron, AGAP Partylist Representative and Chairperson of STARCDC gave a solidarity message. Ms. Celia L. Atienza, the President of the League of Cooperative Development Officers of the Philippines also gave her thoughts about the progress of cooperative development in the country.
Among the policy directions reviewed were: 1) Strengthening and enhancing delivery mechanism of the Cooperative Development Authority; 2) Providing an enabling environment for the strengthening and development of cooperatives; 3) Ensuring local and global competiveness of cooperatives; 4) Promoting cooperativism as a vehicle for social transformation for people, planet, prosperity and peace; and 5) Massive expansion of cooperative membership. The target cooperative membership by 2016 is 20 million. As of December 2012, CDA reported that there were 11.6 million cooperative members and 137 CDA accredited training service providers. On Awards, Recognition and Incentives Program or Gawad Parangal, CDA had presented national awards to twelve (12) cooperatives, one (1) Provincial Cooperative Development Office and one (1) cooperative leader. Also recognized were the Regional Winners: 27 cooperatives, 13 cooperatives leaders and 12 Local Government Units-Cooperative Development Office (LGU-CDO) from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Starting this year, information dissemination of the program, and identification of the Federations and Unions for nomination as Most Outstanding Cooperatives is being conducted by CDA Extension Offices nationwide. The 3-point cooperative agenda that include: 1) Mainstreaming membership in cooperatives; 2) Human resource development; and 3) Awards, recognition and incentives were also presented and discussed during the review. The same review was conducted nationwide by the different CDA regional offices. (A.B.Peria)
ICOPED Launches IYC 2012 Commemorative Coop Book
The book entitled "2012 IYC Commemorative Book on Cooperative Enterprises: Key to Sustainable Social and Economic Progress" has been launched during the 35th anniversary celebration of the UPLB College of Economics and Management (CEM).
Dr. Zeny Sumalde launching the book on July 26, 2013.
The book is a collection of papers presented at the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) Conference organized by CEM and held at the Southeast Asian Center for Research and Graduate Studies in Agriculture (SEARCA) Auditorium in UP Los Banos on November 8-10, 2012. The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) provided the funding for publication of the book.
The commemorative book.
The editors, Dr. Isabelita M. Pabuayon, Dr. Zenaida M. Sumalde and Prof. Laida J. Abarquez, have compiled 35 out of 49 papers that were presented in the IYC conference. The papers covered issues in the areas of (1) Cooperative Enterprise Development, (2) Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and Cooperative Education Framework, Standards, and Mainstreaming, (3) Cooperatives for Community Development and Role of Women and Youth, (4) Sustainability Issues and Cooperatives’ Role in Environmental and Natural Resources Management, and (5) Cooperative Finance. The contributing writers came from 7 countries, namely, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.